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Then, Now, Next: What Does The Future of Museums Look Like?
October 21 @ 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.
9:30 AM WEEKLY WELCOME
9:40 AM CONCURRENT SESSIONS
TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE OF MUSEUMS
Eric Longo, Museum Computer Network
Join Eric Longo of the Museum Computer Network for a discussion on technology and its role in the future of museums.
INTERPRETING ENSLAVEMENT AT HISTORIC SITES
Lauren Brincat, Preservation Long Island; Donnamarie Barnes, Sylvester Manor Educational Farm; Michael Lord, Historic Hudson Valley
Join Lauren Brincat, Donnamarie Barnes, and Michael Lord for a panel discussing different methods for interpreting, presenting, and engaging audiences in discussion about enslavement at historic sites in the North. Preservation Long Island’s Jupiter Hammond Project, Historic Hudson Valley’s People not Property interactive website, and work done at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm in conjunction with the Slave Dwelling Project will all be discussed.
10:30 AM CONCURRENT SESSIONS
MUSEUM STUDIES PANEL
Gretchen Sorin, Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies, SUNY Oneonta.; Andrew Saluti, Graduate Program in Museum Studies, Syracuse University; Greg Stevens, Museum Professions Program, Seton Hall University
Hear from three museum studies graduate programs – Cooperstown Graduate Program, Syracuse University, and Seton Hall University – as they discuss the types of student interests coming to the respective programs
(curatorial, development, education, etc); how there may be a potential shift in the museum field; and how their graduate program is addressing these needs and preparing students to join the workforce.
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!
11:20 AM FREE THE MUSEUM
Andrea Jones, Peak Experience Lab; Emma Thorne-Christy, Exhibition Designer and Activist Artist
A museum is not just a building, it’s a way of thinking. Now is the PERFECT TIME to break free of overly restrictive, overly elitist definitions about what a museum does and where. Join us as we discuss “Free the Museum” – an initiative to activate the “museum experience” in the world around us, transforming everyday places into sites of engagement, reflection, healing, activism, and informal learning. Learn tactics and strategies to break down barriers between the museum and the people in an age when our buildings have become problematic and arguably unsafe.
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 this week’s last session!
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: