It's that time again: butterflies, pollen, and AAM. This year's conference for everything in the known museum world will be held in Houston, Texas, from May 22 to 25th. And, as usual, SITES will be there to talk shop. Here's our agenda:
Sunday, May 22, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Session: Collections Databases: Welcome to the World of Tomorrow
If you’ve never tackled researching a new database program, or have experienced the agonies of the task, join us and pick up some pointers for choosing a system that will grow with your institution.
Chair: Darlene Bialowski, Independent Registrar and Head of the AAM Registrars Committee Presenters: Amy Duke, Collections Manager and Registrar, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Heather Thorvald, Registrar, Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Cheryl Washer, Project Director and Registrar, SITES
Monday, May 23, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Event: Traveling Exhibitions Professional Interest Committee Annual Breakfast
Join us for this popular ticketed networking event where guest speakers discuss topics of interest to both producers and hosts of traveling exhibitions.
Attending: Shavonne Harding, Scheduling & Exhibitor Relations Coordinator, SITES
Ed Liskey, Senior Scheduling & Exhibitor Relations Coordinator, SITES
Monday, May 23, 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Session: The Greenest Show on Earth: Creating and Distributing Digital Exhibitions
Find out how the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and SITES created their first digital temporary exhibition, which lowered their carbon footprint, involved communities in exhibition development, and shared information and resources around the country in an entirely green way. Chair: Devra Wexler, Project Director, SITES
Presenters: Shavonne Harding, SITES
Lindsey Koren, Public Relations Coordinator, SITES
Angela Williams, Manager, Design & Exhibit Development, Museum of Science and Industry
Peter Kao, Member, Board of Directors, Bob Jones Nature Center, Texas
Monday, May 23, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Event: Marketplace of Ideas
At this forum, AAM Standing Professional Committees exchange and present information and new ideas for all types of museums and museum professionals.
Participant: Ruth Trevarrow, Registrar, SITES
Tuesday, May 24, 7:30-8:45 a.m.
Event: Traveling Exhibitions Forum
This roundtable will feature brief presentations by both producers of traveling exhibitions and potential hosts. Connect with colleagues in the industry, pick up some information on the latest traveling exhibits, and stay for the free coffee, tea and bagels!
Attending: Shavonne Harding, SITES
Ed Liskey, SITES
Tuesday, May 24, 9 – 10:15 a.m.
Session: Hitting the Road: Traveling Exhibitions and Small Museums
This session will provide logistics of how small museums can start their own program and how to find and host traveling exhibitions from other institutions.
Chair: Nathan Stalvey, Curator/Exhibitions Director, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Presenters: Zinnia Willits, Director of Collections Administration, Gibbes Museum of Art
Ed Liskey, SITES
Tuesday, May 24, 3 – 3:30 p.m.
Event: Ice Cream Social in the Expo Hall, hosted by SITES
Take a break from the conference madness and enjoy some refreshing ice cream, our treat! Representatives from our Exhibitions, Public Relations, and Scheduling departments will be on hand to greet you and share what’s new in SITES program.
Tuesday, May 24, 3:45 – 5 p.m.
Session: Registrars: Let’s Get this Show on the Road!
This session will provide insight into the roles and responsibilities, unique and shared, between organizing and exhibiting registrars.
Presenters: Annette Gavigan, Exhibits Registrar, California Academy of Sciences
Jenn Cooper, Traveling Exhibitions Registrar, The Field Museum
Ruth Trevarrow, Registrar, SITES
Need to schedule a meeting with a SITES staff member while in Houston? Contact our Director of Exhibits, Fredie Adelman, who will be available during the conference to meet with exhibitors and potential collaborators.