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Then, Now, Next: What Does The Future of Museums Look Like?
September 30, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm$10
2020 GHHN Virtual Conference & Awards for Excellence
Meeting weekly on Wednesdays, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 23 – October 28, 2020
$10/weekly session (Student price: $6/weekly session)
2020 has been an extraordinary year: COVID-19, economic recession, BLM. How are museums responding to these timely issues? How do museums’ actions today shape the future? What can we learn from looking back as we move forward in a new way?
Join GHHN and guest presenters as we explore these timely questions. Our Annual Conference has been re-imagined as a virtual model, broken up into weekly sessions of 3 hours of content presented over a six-week period. Attendees have the freedom to participate in all the weekly sessions or just log in to a selection.
Here’s how it works:
The first session begins on Wednesday, September 23 and meets every Wednesday at the same time (9:30 AM – 12:30 PM) each week for 6 weeks.
Participants can access the weekly sessions for the nominal fee of just $10. Each session is registered for separately.
Each weekly session consists of 3 distinct time blocks of activity, with 10 minute breaks between.
Within the weekly sessions, participants can choose if they’d like to tune in 1, or 2, or to all 3 of that week’s activity blocks.
All sessions will be recorded and available to registered participants.
WEEKLY SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
9:30 AM WEEKLY WELCOME
9:40 AM A CONVERSATION ON CREATIVITY
Linda Norris, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience & Independent Museum Consultant; and Rainey Tisdale, Independent Museum Consultant
Join Linda Norris and Rainey Tisdale, co-authors of “Creativity in Museum Practice”, for a conversation about creativity. Drawing from a wide range of research on creativity as well as insights from today’s most creative museum leaders, Linda and Rainey present a set of practical principles about how museum workers at any level ― not just those in “creative positions”― can make a place for creativity in their daily practice.
10:30 AM CONCURRENT SESSIONS
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS AND THE FUTURE OF MUSEUMS
Kelsey Brow, King Manor Museum; Sierra Van Ryck deGroot, Poster House; Brooke Krancer, upcoming Cole Fellow at Thomas Cole National Historic Site; and Roberto Chavez, New York Transit Museum & New-York Historical Society
Moderated by Kelsey Brow, this panel discussion featuring young museum professionals will explore what the future of museums could and should be.
Rebecca Klassen, New-York Historical Society
Rebecca Klassen, Associate Curator of Material Culture at the New-York Historical Society, will discuss their History Responds Initiative and the materials N-YHS is currently collecting around the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests.
11:20 PM FORUM DISCUSSIONS
Welcome to the Forum Discussions! We’re following an ‘Unconference’ model for this portion of our Virtual Conference and allowing people to start their own sessions. Have an idea to discuss about the future of museums? Check out what others are saying, or start your own session!
12:00 PM VIRTUAL EXHIBIT HALL
Make sure to visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall during the ‘coffee breaks’ at 10:20 AM and 11:10 AM, as well as after the Forum Discussions!
A Virtual Exhibit Hall, Presentation of the Awards for Excellence and Virtual Awardee Poster Session, virtual networking activities and a variety of presentation methods will allow participants to retain the interactions with colleagues, peers, funders, and exhibitors you have come to expect from GHHN’s in-person Conference.
To see the weekly schedules and to register, visit: