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Saturday, May 22
 

8:00am

Exhibitor Move-In and Registration Open
Open to Exhibitors Only

Saturday May 22, 2010 8:00am - 6:00pm
Convention Center Los Angeles, CA

8:30am

AAM Board of Directors Meeting
Open to all Attendees

Saturday May 22, 2010 8:30am - 2:30pm
JW Marriott, Platinum Salons F-H Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

AAM Registrars Committee (RC-AAM) Reinforcement Crew Event
Open to Committee Members Only
3rd Annual RC-AAM event in which collection professionals from across the country will volunteer their time and expertise to assist small to medium sized museums with collections-based projects. Reception will follow.

9:00am

Association of College and University Museums and Galleries: (ACUMG) Finding Cash in Hard Times: Winning Strategies for Academic Museums
Open to all Attendees
The goals of the conference are to learn diverse, best practice models for hard times and to provide tangible results for participants through partnership networking

Saturday May 22, 2010 9:00am - Sunday May 23, 2010 5:00pm
Hammer Museum at UCLA Los Angeles, CA

11:00am

AAM Council of Standing Professional Commitees Meeting
Open to Committee Members Only

Saturday May 22, 2010 11:00am - 2:00pm
JW Marriott, Platinum Salon J Los Angeles, CA

2:45pm

AAM Board and Joint Councils Mtg.
Open to Committee Members Only

Saturday May 22, 2010 2:45pm - 5:00pm
JW Marriott, Platinum Salon C Los Angeles, CA

6:30pm

AAM Leadership Reception
Invitation Only
Buses will depart from J.W. Marriott from 6:15 - 6:30 P.M. Buses will depart for host hotels at 8:00 P.M.

Saturday May 22, 2010 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Japanese American National Museum Los Angeles, CA

8:00pm

AAM Leadership Dinner
Invitation Only
Buses will depart from Japanese American Museum at 8:00 PM for City Hall. Buses will depart from City Hall and return to J.W. Marriott at 10:00 PM

Saturday May 22, 2010 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Los Angeles City Hall Los Angeles, CA
 
Sunday, May 23
 

8:00am

AAM Council of Standing Professional Committees Meeting
Open to Committee Members Only

Sunday May 23, 2010 8:00am - 9:30am
JW Marriott, Platinum Salon F Los Angeles, CA

8:00am

Exhibitor Move-In and Registration Open
Open to Exhibitors Only

Sunday May 23, 2010 8:00am - 6:00pm
Convention Center Los Angeles, CA

8:30am

AAM Council of Affiliates Meeting
Open to Committee Members Only

Sunday May 23, 2010 8:30am - 11:00am
JW Marriott, Platinum Salon G Los Angeles, CA

8:30am

AAM Museum Assessment Program Advisory Committee Meeting
Invitation Only
The MAP Advisory Committee will hold it's semi-annual meeting to review program guidelines, planning and evaluation.

Sunday May 23, 2010 8:30am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott, Platinum Salon H Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

ICOM-US Board Meeting
Open to Committee Members Only

Sunday May 23, 2010 9:00am - 1:00pm
JW Marriott, Platinum Salon J Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

9:00am

AAM Registration, Ticket Exchange and Bookstore Open
Open to all Attendees

Sunday May 23, 2010 9:00am - 6:00pm
Convention Center Los Angeles, CA

9:30am

International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection's Certified Institutional Protection Manager (CIPM) Training Workshop and Certification Course
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
The Certified Institutional Protection Manager Program provides the latest information for professionals in a management or administrative role, responsible for cultural property protection, safety, and security. In this workshop over two days management level courses are presented in two half-day sessions, followed by a short on-site written exam. Coursework includes emergency preparedness, physical security, fire protection, legal considerations, workplace violence prevention, protection of collections, staff training, business continuity and more. Endorsed by the Museum Association Security Committee (MASC). Part II of this workshop will be held on Monday, May 24th from 1 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Sunday May 23, 2010 9:30am - 12:30pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 6 Los Angeles, CA

9:30am

Building the NAME Network: Conversations in Exhibits
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Teams spanning all fields of museum work and levels of experience will be sent out to discuss, wrangle, and tackle topics facing museums today within the context of seeing exhibitions in a collaborative manner. Sponsored by Tru Vue - Optium Acrylic Glazing, Chicago Scenic Studios, Inc, RGI International, Thinkwell, and Cambridge Seven. Buses will depart from the West Entrance of the Convention Center at 9:30 AM and return to the Convention Center at 1:30 PM.

Sunday May 23, 2010 9:30am - 1:30pm
The Page Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art Los Angeles, CA

10:00am

10:00am

10:00am

AAM Committee on Education (EdCOM) Board Meeting
Open to Committee Members Only

Sunday May 23, 2010 10:00am - 1:00pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 3 Los Angeles, CA

10:00am

AAM Committee on Museum Professional Training Board Meeting
Open to Committee Members Only

Sunday May 23, 2010 10:00am - 1:00pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 9 Los Angeles, CA

10:00am

AAM Curators Committee (CurCom) Board Meeting
Invitation Only

Sunday May 23, 2010 10:00am - 1:00pm
Rosa Mexicano Los Angeles, CA

10:00am

10:00am

AAM National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME) Board Meeting
Open to Committee Members Only

Sunday May 23, 2010 10:00am - 1:00pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 2 Los Angeles, CA

10:00am

AAM Professional Interest Committee on Green Museums (GREEN) Board Meeting
Open to Committee Members Only

Sunday May 23, 2010 10:00am - 1:00pm
JW Marriott, Atrium I Los Angeles, CA

10:00am

10:00am

AAM Registrars Committee (RC-AAM) Board Meeting
Invitation Only
Sponsored by Spacesaver Corporation/Delta Designs

Sunday May 23, 2010 10:00am - 1:00pm
JW Marriott, Atrium III Los Angeles, CA

10:00am

AAM Small Museum Administrators Committee Board Meeting
Open to Committee Members Only

Sunday May 23, 2010 10:00am - 1:00pm
Yard House Los Angeles, CA

10:00am

American Association for Museum Volunteers Board Meeting
Invitation Only

Sunday May 23, 2010 10:00am - 1:30pm
JW Marriott, Olympic III Los Angeles, CA

10:00am

International Museum Theatre Alliance Board Meeting
Open to Committee Members Only

Sunday May 23, 2010 10:00am - 5:00pm
JW Marriott, Atrium II Los Angeles, CA

10:00am

Conversations with the Museum Group
Invitation Only

Sunday May 23, 2010 10:00am - 9:00pm
JW Marriott, Georgia I & II Los Angeles, CA

1:00pm

AAM National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME) Exhibit Development Roundtable
Open to all Attendees
Join Paul Martin and Janet Kamien for this once a year get together to talk about the hottest topics in exhibition design and development. This roundtable is open to exhibit developers, designers, marketers administrators, and other collaborators whether you are new to the field or a seasoned veteran.

Sunday May 23, 2010 1:00pm - 4:00pm
JW Marriott, Platinum Salon F Los Angeles, CA

1:15pm

Can't Stop It! Putting Popular Culture to Work for Your Museum
Open to all Attendees
This session features four institutions that raised the bar on popular culture exhibitions and not only survived but thrived. Learn ways to assess your own plans for popular culture exhibitions and how to present them in meaningful ways to engage, educate and broaden your audience.

Sunday May 23, 2010 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Convention Center, 403B Los Angeles, CA

1:15pm

Cultivating Communities: Museum Outreach in Healthcare Settings
Open to all Attendees
Learn the challenges and rewards of innovative outreach programs with hospitals, hospice organizations and hospital schools from museums across the country. Session participants will gain actionable strategies and a deeper understanding of how to create and sustain museum/healthcare partnerships.

Sunday May 23, 2010 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Convention Center, 410 Los Angeles, CA

1:15pm

Evaluating Museum Education as Community Outreach and Engagement
Open to all Attendees
This session addresses guiding principles and strategies for evaluating the accessibility, successes and impact on participant learning in community-based educational programs.

Sunday May 23, 2010 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Convention Center, 502B Los Angeles, CA

1:15pm

Evaluating Social Media Efforts
Open to all Attendees
Learn how to navigate a sea of social media technologies, including planning for implementation, developing metrics, defining success, measuring costs and benefits, and applying lessons learned to other online and offline efforts.

Sunday May 23, 2010 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Convention Center, 515A Los Angeles, CA

1:15pm

Family Philanthropy: Changing the Individual - Changing the World
Open to all Attendees
Learn how a family philanthropy program encourages generational activities that can stimulate transformational giving. By providing opportunities for all ages to experience the joy of giving, institutions can capture new audiences, increase loyalty and become leaders in building their communities.

Sunday May 23, 2010 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Convention Center, 515B Los Angeles, CA

1:15pm

Green Exhibits: the Why and the How
Open to all Attendees
Hear innovative ideas, practical insights and lessons learned from a museum professional, exhibit designer and exhibit fabricator on how to conceptualize, design, produce, install (and reuse!) green exhibits.

Sunday May 23, 2010 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Convention Center, 503 Los Angeles, CA

1:15pm

It's Mine / It's Ours-Personal and Communal Ownership of Cultural Property
Open to all Attendees
Issues of transfer of ownership, studied through the example of Jewish cultural artifacts, have wider implications for American museums. This session will explore these concerns they relate to today's Jewish community in Iraq; a respondent from the Native American community will reflect on community collections and the role of such issues in other types of museums.

Sunday May 23, 2010 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Convention Center, 406 A/B Los Angeles, CA

1:15pm

Leadership Within Latino Museums
Open to all Attendees
This session will allow for frank discussion of leadership issues within Latino museums, encouraging communication and collaboration between these important community-based organizations and other museums.

Sunday May 23, 2010 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Convention Center, 407 Los Angeles, CA

1:15pm

Museums: Catalysts for Civic Renewal
Open to all Attendees
This session will articulate new opportunities and a growing imperative for museums to become catalysts and partners in strengthening and revitalizing their communities, focusing on principles and processes for integrating diverse voices, artistic strengths and collaborative learning. Speakers will examine the theoretical bases for leading through cultural expression and will share provocative examples of the processes at work.

Sunday May 23, 2010 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Convention Center, 501 A/B/C Los Angeles, CA

1:15pm

My Masterpieces: Discovering Art in My Community - A Case Study in Collaboration
Open to all Attendees
What does successful engagement with a large, urban school district look like? Discover a comprehensive museum-based curricular project jointly developed by 10 museums and the Pasadena Unified School District, and take away strategies for collaboration that you can apply to your institution, regardless of its size or discipline.

Sunday May 23, 2010 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Convention Center, 518 Los Angeles, CA

1:15pm

Social Tagging and Museum Practice: A Survey
Open to all Attendees
The session will provide an overview of social tagging-the practice of soliciting user-generated descriptions of collection objects to enhance finding, engage users and provide museum professionals with new insights into how their collections are perceived by visitors. Members of Steve: The Museum Social Tagging Project will describe their current research and tools and present case studies for tagging projects now underway.

Sunday May 23, 2010 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Convention Center, 511 A/B/C Los Angeles, CA

1:15pm

Taking Your Museum to the Next Level with the Conservation Assessment and the Museum Assessment Programs
Open to all Attendees
Find out how the Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) and the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) can help small and mid-sized museums of all disciplines achieve standards and best practices. Learn how your peers have used MAP and CAP to help their museums become more relevant and sustainable, improve collections stewardship and other areas of operation, and prepare for accreditation.

Sunday May 23, 2010 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Convention Center, 411 Los Angeles, CA

1:15pm

Teaching Ethics: Responding to what's new
Open to all Attendees
This session explores emerging areas that are mission-critical for many museums but have little framework for guiding ethical decision-making: environmental sustainability, the digital world, facilities renovations and expansionism, and community curation. Presenters will offer options to engage students and museum staff in defining ethical issues and responding to their challenges.

Sunday May 23, 2010 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Convention Center, 408B Los Angeles, CA

1:15pm

The Cultural Traveler-Trends & Opportunities
Open to all Attendees
Travel industry leaders will outline the economic driving forces of the "cultural traveler"

Sunday May 23, 2010 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Convention Center, 403A Los Angeles, CA

1:15pm

Tilted Walls: Exhibiting in Architecturally Challenging Buildings
Open to all Attendees
Learn how to formulate solutions and install works in buildings with challenging architecture and historic preservation issues. Explore how strategies impact the museum's work-flow.

Sunday May 23, 2010 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Convention Center, 502A Los Angeles, CA

1:15pm

What's the Evidence Base? Applying the National Academy of Sciences' (NAS) Report on Informal Science Learning to the Broader Museum Field
Open to all Attendees
Participants will explore findings of the NAS report on learning science in informal education, including the evidence base for non-school learning, insight on diversifying participation in informal environments and appropriate learning outcomes for informal learning experiences.

Sunday May 23, 2010 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Convention Center, 408A Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

On-site Insight - Evolving Skyline
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Join a tour of Los Angeles' Central Business District and Bunker Hill to explore the architecture, history, art and policies that have shaped and changed the area. From the 1880s when Victorian mansions crowned Bunker Hill, to today when sleek skyscrapers define the downtown skyline, the built environment of the Bunker Hill area has constantly evolved, reflecting the tastes, aspirations and economics of the city's population. Tour originates at Pershing Square, Olive and 6th Streets, downtown near the center of the park. Bus departs the Convention Center West Entrance at 1:50 P.M. and returns to the Convention Center at 4:30 P.M.

Sunday May 23, 2010 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Walking tour of Los Angeles Central Business District and Bunker Hill Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

National Alliiance of State Museum Associations Meeting
Open to all Attendees
Staff and board members from state museum associations across the country will convene to share information and resources of interest to our organizations.

Sunday May 23, 2010 2:00pm - 5:00pm
JW Marriott, Olympic III Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

On-site Insight - In the Footsteps of Genius
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Housing art galleries, a research library, and extensive plant collections and displays, the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is as diverse as the plant life to which it is dedicated. Discover how a contemporary audience can renew its excitement for natural history, and celebrate Carl Linnaeus's birthday (May 23) by using his methods to examine and classify flowers from living collections in a microscope-equipped learning laboratory that examines the life and diversity of plants. Buses will depart from the Convention Center West Entrance at 1:30 P.M. Buses will return to the Convention Center at 5:00 P.M.

Sunday May 23, 2010 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Huntington Library Los Angeles, CA

2:15pm

Taking the First Step Towards Customizing Exhibitions and Programs: A workshop on how to meaningfully segment your audience through the use of visitor's identity-related motivations
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Learn how to use an understanding of visitor's identity-related visit motivations to create better and more customized exhibitions and programs. Gain a basic understanding of the theory behind identity-related visitor motivations and the research that supports this theory as well as concrete examples that demonstrate how this new theory has helped shape and improve visitor experiences at two very different institutions-an art museum and an aquarium. Receive a series of specific tools and strategies for directly and immediately applying these ideas in your own institution. Endorsed by the AAM Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE).

Sunday May 23, 2010 2:15pm - 5:15pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 6 Los Angeles, CA

2:30pm

Organizational Skills Lab: Fearless Negotiation Skills
Open to all Attendees

Sunday May 23, 2010 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Convention Center, 404A Los Angeles, CA

2:45pm

Building a Museum
Open to all Attendees
Learn about efforts around the world to build new museums, refurbish and expand existing collections, and hire and train new staff. An architect, director and curator will discuss how their roles interact when opening a new museum and serving various audiences in different cultural and economic settings.

Sunday May 23, 2010 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Convention Center, 403B Los Angeles, CA

2:45pm

Delving Beyond Zip Codes to Deepen Relationships and Identify Evangelists
Open to all Attendees
Marketing, membership and development professionals will learn to develop a 360° view of constituents and use this information to create strategies that increase attendance and membership, strengthen loyalty and increase income. Understand the interaction of the museum with visitors, members and supporters, and identify museum evangelists-a powerful word-of-mouth marketing source.

Sunday May 23, 2010 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Convention Center, 503 Los Angeles, CA

2:45pm

Engagement Party: How A Provocative Residency Program Impacts A Contemporary Art Museum Community
Open to all Attendees
This session examines a residency program in which artist collectives create participatory experiences that engage audiences in new ways. Presenters will share risks, successes and failures, and evaluative data on the impact of an alternative management system created to oversee the program.

Sunday May 23, 2010 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Convention Center, 403A Los Angeles, CA

2:45pm

How to Demonstrate the Public Value of museums
Open to all Attendees
This interactive session demonstrates how museums can conduct and use public value research to demonstrate their importance to stakeholders, funders and policymakers, building their capacity to better serve the public.

Sunday May 23, 2010 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Convention Center, 408B Los Angeles, CA

2:45pm

International Art Couriers: Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them
Open to all Attendees
Speakers will discuss when there is a need for an international courier, negotiating requirements, Bizot group guidelines, sharing couriers, qualifications, expenses and responsibilities, and dealing with unreasonable demands.

Sunday May 23, 2010 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Convention Center, 407 Los Angeles, CA

2:45pm

Managing Controversy
Open to all Attendees
Culturally specific museums that interpret past and contemporary historical experiences to the public often have their own unique relationship with controversy. Focusing on the presentation of history in such institutions, panelists will discuss case studies illuminating how they manage controversy without avoiding it.

Sunday May 23, 2010 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Convention Center, 518 Los Angeles, CA

2:45pm

Museum Marketing Collaborations that Bolster Attendance and Diversify Audiences
Open to all Attendees
This session will demonstrate successful initiatives with local businesses, civic and community organizations, tourism bureaus and consulates to promote your city as a cultural destination for tourists and locals and increase your audience base.

Sunday May 23, 2010 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Convention Center, 515B Los Angeles, CA

2:45pm

Museums as Leaders in the Field of Education: Training Teachers to Teach in New Ways
Open to all Attendees
Through extended workshops, museums are making an impact not only on what teachers know, but on how they teach. This interactive session examines museum-based science, history and art-related workshops that teach methodology rather than content, and considers the role museums can play in teaching new pedagogical strategies.

Sunday May 23, 2010 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Convention Center, 406 A/B Los Angeles, CA

2:45pm

Neither Fish nor Fowl: Museum Directors Managing Public- Private Partnerships.
Open to all Attendees
This session is designed for directors of institutions operated by the government that also receive nonprofit support, offering strategies for combining the best of each entity's resources to benefit the museum.

Sunday May 23, 2010 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Convention Center, 411 Los Angeles, CA

2:45pm

Sustainable Stewardship: Protecting the Health of Collections, the Environment, and Institutional Budgets
Open to all Attendees
This session will examine how new conservation research and thinking, awareness of climate change, and interest in "being green"

Sunday May 23, 2010 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Convention Center, 501 A/B/C Los Angeles, CA

2:45pm

Talking Shop: Roundtable Discussion with Volunteer Managers and Docents
Open to all Attendees
This forum will offer ideas and solutions to common issues and challenges, including volunteerism during economic crisis, attracting a diverse volunteer/docent corps, and docents and technology.

Sunday May 23, 2010 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Convention Center, 408A Los Angeles, CA

2:45pm

Technology Tutorial - Tools and Tips for Real-Time Online Interaction
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Explore a range of tools available for real-time online interaction. From one-on-one exchanges with your site's visitors, to drop-in office hours or more formal gallery talks and educational programming, gain a hands-on look at tools that extend access to your museum's audiences in real time online. Also, learn some tips and best practices for incorporating live online text, and audio and video interaction into the way your museum interfaces with an extended community. ,

Sunday May 23, 2010 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Convention Center, 505 Los Angeles, CA

2:45pm

What Do You Say After You Say Hello? Museums Using the Internet for Digital Outreach
Open to all Attendees
While many online venues offer social interaction, museums must make their online presence meaningful to the visitor and relevant to the institutional mission.This session explores tools and techniques allowing museums to host meaningful and content-rich online interactions with their constituencies, using free, off-the-shelf services requiring no special expertise or technical infrastructure.

Sunday May 23, 2010 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Convention Center, 515A Los Angeles, CA

2:45pm

Jump Start Digital Work in Your Institution: An Interactive Planning Session
Open to all Attendees
This double session pairs participants with teams of Web and new media experts to work through issues of starting and completing real-world technology projects and Web 2.0 initiatives. Attendees can get help with current digital projects and potential future ideas.

Sunday May 23, 2010 2:45pm - 5:30pm
Convention Center, 502A Los Angeles, CA

2:45pm

Learning from Hollywood: How Lessons from the Entertainment Industry Can Help Us Connect Emotionally With Our Audience
Open to all Attendees
Learn how film and entertainment storytelling techniques can be used in the museum context. A forum discussion with audience participation will help define and evaluate specific approaches.

Sunday May 23, 2010 2:45pm - 5:30pm
Convention Center, 511 A/B/C Los Angeles, CA

2:45pm

NAGPRA At 20: Assessing the NAGPRA Experience
Open to all Attendees
Museums and tribes have progressed significantly since the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, but issues and challenges remain. Panelists will discuss the impact of NAGPRA in California, how different perspectives are understood and reconciled, what's been learned, what is still at issue, what works and what needs improvement.

Sunday May 23, 2010 2:45pm - 5:30pm
Convention Center, 410 Los Angeles, CA

2:45pm

To Form a More Perfect Union: Creative Partnerships with Immigrant Communities
Open to all Attendees
This session explores how and why museums are addressing immigration through creative partnerships. Identify your regional issues, potential program partners and solutions.

Sunday May 23, 2010 2:45pm - 5:30pm
Convention Center, 409 A/B Los Angeles, CA

4:15pm

Art and Science Integration: Collaborative Approaches from Coast to Coast
Open to all Attendees
Learn about two successful collaborative projects between the California Academy of Sciences and the de Young Fine Arts Museum, and between the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History. This session will explore the unique perspectives of experts in each field who have worked together to integrate art and science in educational programs.

Sunday May 23, 2010 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Convention Center, 501 A/B/C Los Angeles, CA

4:15pm

Blurring Borders Inside Museums: A Formative Process in Organizational Change
Open to all Attendees
This session presents "Coming to California,"

Sunday May 23, 2010 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Convention Center, 515A Los Angeles, CA

4:15pm

Case Studies of Universal Design: How and Why Some Museums are Seamlessly Raising the Bar on Design that Welcomes Everyone
Open to all Attendees
The museum world is poised for a leap in the quality of attention to design of exhibits and buildings that celebrate the diversity of age, ability and culture among visitors. A new NEA-funded web-based collection of case studies of universal design in the built environment, establishes a new level of best practice and invites an inquiry about what makes the difference between ho-hum compliance and a new vision of design that embraces our differences. The panel will present and discuss case studies framed in terms of design's impact on diverse visitors.

Sunday May 23, 2010 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Convention Center, 502B Los Angeles, CA

4:15pm

Check It Out: Expanding Community with Museum and Library Partnerships
Open to all Attendees
Panelists from the Queens Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will discuss how museum/library partnerships can address community needs while increasing access to both institutions. They will address many levels and aspects of partnerships, emphasizing vision and leadership.

Sunday May 23, 2010 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Convention Center, 407 Los Angeles, CA

4:15pm

Dissolving Walls: Interpreting Outdoor Spaces
Open to all Attendees
Designed for professionals at any level, this session will use curatorial, technological and educational perspectives to inspire creative thinking about the interpretive opportunities and challenges outdoor spaces offer. Learn 21st-century solutions that overcome physical walls and geographical distance between museum and visitor.

Sunday May 23, 2010 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Convention Center, 515B Los Angeles, CA

4:15pm

Engaging Audiences and Communities: Lessons from Libraries, Performing Arts, Parks and Communities of Faith
Open to all Attendees
This session looks at how other nonprofits have developed new ways to engage audiences, reach new audiences and create powerful experiences.

Sunday May 23, 2010 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Convention Center, 411 Los Angeles, CA

4:15pm

International Museum Partnerships
Open to all Attendees
The panel will explore the benefits and challenges of international partnerships in museum exhibitions and programs, including effective methods for handling controversies over national patrimony and the legacies of unequal power relations.

Sunday May 23, 2010 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Convention Center, 403B Los Angeles, CA

4:15pm

Managing Foreign Travel Risks
Open to all Attendees
This session examines the risks facing museum employees traveling outside the country on such tasks as couriering art, study tours or leading special study tours for donors. Panelists provide advice on what employees and museums should do and protection plans that can reduce risk.

Sunday May 23, 2010 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Convention Center, 518 Los Angeles, CA

4:15pm

Secrets of the 'Magnetic Museum'
Open to all Attendees
Most museums can point to one or more high points in programming, audience engagement or funding but only some seem to turn these moments into momentum. Learn how "Magnetic Museums" oriented around core principles and mission-focused programs, consistently offer audiences emotional connection points and an integrated brand experience, and in doing so, build effective, well-funded, enduring institutions. Through case studies from the cultural and social benefit sectors, this fast-paced interactive session will reveal and explore the common traits of "magnetic" organizations.

Sunday May 23, 2010 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Convention Center, 406 A/B Los Angeles, CA

4:15pm

Technology Tutorial - The Essentials of Podcasting
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Podcasting. Everyone's talking about it and doing it, but how can you? Learn tips, tricks, tools and the essentials of podcasting. Discuss what makes a good podcast, record and edit audio, and learn how to make it available via third party channels such as iTunes. An extensive resource list will be made available to help you once you're back at home.

Sunday May 23, 2010 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Convention Center, 505 Los Angeles, CA

4:15pm

The Consultant Love Connection: Who Do You Call First?
Open to all Attendees
In this light-hearted session, consultants from six disciplines will vie for the attention of a museum client seeking detailed master planning, illuminating differences among the fields, reasons for calling one or another first, and how all can best work together on an integrated and successful planning project.

Sunday May 23, 2010 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Convention Center, 403A Los Angeles, CA

4:15pm

The Dollars and Sense of Energy Conservation in Museum Facilities
Open to all Attendees
In this captivating case study, learn how the Liberty Science Center achieved a $450,000 cost saving on its energy consumption in one year through the use of state of the art monitoring equipment, an intimate knowledge of the facility, and staff awareness of its mission. The effort rallied the staff together around the issue of energy conservation to implement cost cutting measures that required little or no monetary investment and have applicability to any size museum facility.

Sunday May 23, 2010 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Convention Center, 503 Los Angeles, CA

4:15pm

The Impact of IMLS's Connecting to Collections Initiative on America's Museums
Open to all Attendees
This session will consider the IMLS's initiative on conservation, "Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action,"

Sunday May 23, 2010 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Convention Center, 401 Los Angeles, CA

4:15pm

The New Normal after a Black Swan* Event (*a low-probability, high-impact event)
Open to all Attendees
After a worldwide financial meltdown-a "black swan,"

Sunday May 23, 2010 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Convention Center, 408A Los Angeles, CA

4:15pm

When the Plot Thickens: Storyline Testing for Exhibition Designers and Developers
Open to all Attendees
Learn how visually based storyline testing can evaluate overall exhibition experiences and inform strategic decisions about message delivery, affective impact and visitor behavior. Storylines can help museums organize exhibits and visitor experiences, and improve collaboration between designers/developers and evaluators during exhibition planning.

Sunday May 23, 2010 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Convention Center, 408B Los Angeles, CA

5:30pm

AAM Registrars Committee (RC-AAM) Rights and Reproduction Information Network (RARIN) Open Forum
Open to all Attendees
Join your colleagues at the Rights and Reproduction Information Network (RARIN) forum to discuss the current issues and developments in intellectual property.

Sunday May 23, 2010 5:30pm - 6:30pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 9 Los Angeles, CA

6:00pm

AAM CEO/Directors Reception -- California Science Center
Invitation Only
Buses depart from the Convention Center West Entrance from 5:30 - 5:45 P.M. Buses will return to host hotels at 7:30 P.M.

Sunday May 23, 2010 6:00pm - 7:30pm
California Science Center Los Angeles, CA

6:00pm

AAM Education Committee (EdCom) and AAM Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE) Committee Reception: An Evening at the Skirball Cultural Center
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Join members of the Education Committee, Committee for Audience Research and Evaluation, Museum Education Roundtable, Visitors Studies Association, Diversity in Museums Committee, Western Museums Association, Council of American Jewish Museums, and the International Theatre Alliance, for an evening of dining, mingling, exploring the Skirball's exhibitions and engaging with life-size animal puppets made from found and repurposed materials. Enjoy exclusive evening access to Noah's Ark at the Skirball, the groundbreaking family destination that won a 2008 AAM Excellence in Exhibition award. Sponsored with generous support from Lexington Design + Fabrication and Olson Kundig Architects. Buses depart from the Convention Center West Entrance from 5:30 to 5:45 P.M. Buses return to host hotels at 8:00 PM. Last stop will be at the Grammy Museum for those who have tickets to the AAM Opening Party.

Sunday May 23, 2010 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles, CA

6:00pm

AAM Media and Technology Committee (M&T) 21st Annual Muse Awards
Open to all Attendees
The MUSE Awards competition recognizes excellence in media produced by or for museums. Categories of media include audio and video tours, interactive kiosks, multimedia installations, websites and "web 2.0 " formats. The MUSE Jury Chairs coordinate panels of museum media professionals to judge the entries, from around the world.

Sunday May 23, 2010 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Westin Bonaventure, Emerald Bay Los Angeles, CA

6:00pm

AAM Curators (CurCom) Small Museums Administrators (SMAC) and Committee on Museum Professional Training (COMPT) Joint Reception
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Join your CurCom, COMPT and SMAC colleagues at Hollyhock House the unconventional home of Aline Barnsdall, a Frank Lloyd Wright treasure. Network, relax or be inspired. . Sponsored by Delta Design, Ltd. Buses will depart from the Convention Center West Entrance from 5:30 to 5:45 P.M. Buses will return to host hotels at 8:30 P.M. Last stop will be at the Grammy Museum for those who have tickets to the AAM Opening Party.

Sunday May 23, 2010 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Hollyhock House, Barnsdale Park Los Angeles, CA

6:00pm

National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME) Party
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Come eat, drink, and dance at the Velaslavasay Panorama at Unon Station. The Panorama depicts a 360- degree view of the mystical frozen North, and if that's too chilly warm up in the lush tropical pleasure garden featuring a sinister carnivorous flora. Dinner included. Sponsored by Gecko Group and Sparks.

Sunday May 23, 2010 6:00pm - 10:00pm
The Velaslavasay Panorama Los Angeles, CA

6:30pm

AAM Development and Membership (DAM) and Public Relations (PRAM) Committee Reception
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Join public relations, marketing and membership development professionals from all types of museums around the country at this popular annual event. Sponsored by Marts & Lundy. Buses depart from the Convention Center West Entrance at 6:15 PM Buses will return to the host hotels at 8:30 PM. Last stop will be at the Grammy Museum for the Opening Party.

Sunday May 23, 2010 6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Edision Downtown Los Angeles, CA

7:00pm

Going Global: A Mixer at MOCA
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
International delegates with an interest in forging connections across borders are invited to a reception at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Space is limited. Please RSVP to globalrsvp@aam-us.org. Buses will depart from the Convention Center West Entrance from 6:45 to 7:00 PM. Buses will return to host hotels at 9:00 PM. Last stop will be at the Grammy Museum for those who have tickets to the AAM Opening Party.

Sunday May 23, 2010 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Los Angeles, CA

9:00pm

AAM Opening Party: White Glove Optional
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Join other museum luminaries at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE and Club NOKIA for a dance party unlike any other welcoming you to Los Angeles for the 2010 AAM Annual Meeting. Get ready to celebrate at one of L.A.'s hottest dance clubs-Club NOKIA-where you wil be entertained by a live band. Guests will also be invited to explore the power of music at the GRAMMY Museum located right next door! Sponsored by Design and Production Incorporated., Gallagher & Associates, AEG Live, the GRAMMY Museum and Local Host Committee. Buses will run a continuous loop from the Millennium Biltmore, Sheraton, Westin Bonaventure and Wilshire Grand to Club NOKIA and the GRAMMY Museum beginning at 8:45 PM and return to host hotels from 10:30-11:30 PM. Please note: No shuttle service will be provided from the JW Marriott and Figueroa Hotel as they are one block walking distance from the GRAMMY Museum.

Sunday May 23, 2010 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Club Nokia and the Grammy Museum Los Angeles, CA
 
Monday, May 24
 

7:30am

AAM Committee on Museum Professional Training (COMPT) Issues Breakfast
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
The board and members of the Committee on Museum Professional Training will meet, greet and eat while discussing the latest trends in museum studies and related disciplines. This committee has a special obligation to the new museum professionals who are currently in colleges and universities as well as to emerging professionals in need of further professional development.

Monday May 24, 2010 7:30am - 8:30am
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 9 Los Angeles, CA

7:30am

AAM Professional Interest Committee (PIC GREEN) Breakfast Meeting
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Monday May 24, 2010 7:30am - 8:30am
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 8 Los Angeles, CA

7:30am

Council of American Jewish Museums (CAJM) Business Breakfast
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Learn how CAJM is working to strenghten your work through its annual conference, website, networking opportunities, and program initiatives.

Monday May 24, 2010 7:30am - 8:30am
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 10 Los Angeles, CA

7:30am

AAM Annual Meeting Fellows Breakfast
Invitation Only
Sponsored by Great Museums Television

Monday May 24, 2010 7:30am - 8:45am
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 6 & 7 Los Angeles, CA

7:30am

AAM Traveling Exhibition Roundtable Professional Interest Committee Breakfast
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Annual breakfast that brings together museum professionals working in the area of traveling exhibitions for exchanging information about policies, procedures, and the successful solutions to the technical conceptual and organizatiional problems involved in developing and circulating traveling exhibitions.

Monday May 24, 2010 7:30am - 8:45am
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 4 Los Angeles, CA

7:45am

Natural History Museum Interpretation Brainstorm
Invitation Only

Monday May 24, 2010 7:45am - 8:45am
JW Marriott, Platinum Salon F Los Angeles, CA

8:00am

'Early Bird Special': Getting Started in Your Museum Career
Open to all Attendees

Monday May 24, 2010 8:00am - 8:50am
Convention Center, 404A Los Angeles, CA

8:00am

Idea Lounge: The Formalization of Museum Studies--Survey Results
Open to all Attendees
We reflected on a centennial of museum studies in the U.S. last year with a Career Café conversation that posed the question "Is it possible to create a standard graduate-level academic discipline for museum studies across colleges and universities?" This year's conversation is a follow-up to that initial conversation and includes the results of a recent survey of current and future museum professionals about the standardization of museum studies curriculum and the role of museum studies in training future museum administrators. , ,

Monday May 24, 2010 8:00am - 8:50am
Convention Center, 404B Los Angeles, CA

8:00am

Public Speaking Workshop
Open to all Attendees
This workshops, led by members of the International Museum Theater Alliance (IMTAL), is for those who would like to be more effective communicators. Learn techniques and tips to help overcome some common pitfalls of public speaking.

Monday May 24, 2010 8:00am - 8:50am
Convention Center, 405 Los Angeles, CA

8:00am

AAM Standing Professional Committee Program Chair Meeting
Open to Committee Members Only

Monday May 24, 2010 8:00am - 9:00am
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 2 Los Angeles, CA

8:00am

'Copyright Refresher: What You Need to Know about Rights and Reproductions in Today's Museums
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Know your rights! This 2010 intellectual property rights refresher will review domestic and international copyright laws; provide you with the tools to solve problems with your own copyright questions; and provide an opportunity to ask an intellectual property rights lawyer questions about copyright issues such as, "Where do we draw the line on fair use?" Endorsed by the AAM Registrars Committee and the Rights and Reproduction Information Network (RARIN).

Monday May 24, 2010 8:00am - 4:00pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 1 Los Angeles, CA

8:00am

AAM Registration, Ticket Exchange and Bookstore Open
Open to all Attendees

Monday May 24, 2010 8:00am - 5:30pm
Convention Center Los Angeles, CA

8:00am

Career Cafe Central
Open to all Attendees
Sign up for one-on-one resume review, join a Blue Plate Special session, engage in conversation in an Idea Lounge, catch up on the latest literature in management, or just drop in to take a break.

Monday May 24, 2010 8:00am - Wednesday May 26, 2010 5:00pm
Convention Center, 404A Los Angeles, CA

8:30am

On-site Insight - Behind the Scenes with the Southwest Museum of the American Indian (NOTE:TIME CHANGE)
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Join a behind-the-scenes tour of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian that includes special access to the museum's conservation areas, Caracol tower, Braun Library and the ethnobotanical garden. Participants will engage directly with staff to learn more about earthquake retrofitted facilities, restoration and conservation efforts, and planning exhibits. Bus departs the Convention Center West Entrance at 8:00 A.M. and returns to the Convention Center at 11:45 A.M.

Monday May 24, 2010 8:30am - 11:45am
Southwest Museum of the American Indian Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Communicating Environmental Burdens and Solutions Across Generations
Open to all Attendees
Environmental justice activist, Majora Carter advocates a holistic approach to environmental stewardship that is altering the landscape on the vibrant renewal of economically and environmentally impoverished communities. What lessons can museums learn from her observations on urban environmental and economic practices? How can museums help end the legacy of public health disasters that have propagated through multiple generations?

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 411 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Community Museums: In Flux, Here and There
Open to all Attendees
This panel explores the premises and changes in community museums by comparing experiences in Mexico and the U.S. Learn how culturally and ethnically specific U.S. museums and Mexican "communitarian museums" have evolved to address increasingly diverse audiences.

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 403B Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Deaccession: New Perspectives
Open to all Attendees
Panelists will assess current deaccession policies while acknowledging the changing needs of the public, provoking methodologies for future sustainability.

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 403A Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Domestic Couriering 101: Best Practices for Navigating Across Town or Across Country
Open to all Attendees
This session will discuss proper and accepted domestic courier guidelines that ensure safety for objects in transit, focusing on domestic ground and air transportation.

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 502A Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Exhibiting the Mexican Revolution: Community Collaboration, International Partnerships and Contemporary Concerns
Open to all Attendees
This session looks at 2010 Mexican Revolution Centennial programming from the border region and around the country with a special emphasis on engaging local communities, forming international partnerships and using historic events as a catalyst for discussing contemporary concerns.

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 407 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Getting Your Content To Go: Content Design For Mobility
Open to all Attendees
Mobile platforms provide new ways of engaging with audiences, but the focus is often on technology at the expense of content and experience design. Panelists will apply their experience in mobile content to attendees' problems and projects, helping to create and deploy meaningful content in text, audio and multimedia.

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 408A Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Idea Lounge: Conducting a Museum Intellectual Property Audit
Open to all Attendees
Join museum lawyer Walter G. Lehmann and Walters Art Museum Director Dr. Gary Vikan to learn about the benefits of conducting a museum intellectual property audit. Lehmann recently completed a museum-wide analysis of how the Walters manages its creative content and intellectual capital. His findings and recommendations are currently being reviewed by the Walter's board and staff. The MIPA process has been a useful addition to the Walters ongoing branding efforts and has reinforced the museum's commitment to stewardship and best practices.

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 404A Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

In This Together: Museum-Wide Strategies to Strengthen Visitor Experiences
Open to all Attendees
Taking the importance of visitor needs and expectations as a guiding principle, this session explores current methods of engaging all staff in improving visitor experiences and cultivating stronger relationships with visitors. The panel will introduce the topics of institution-wide goal setting and standards-based training, offering theoretical frameworks and concrete examples.

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 511 A/B/C Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Letting Go? Historical Authority in a User-Generated World
Open to all Attendees
Join researchers and practitioners for a lively forum discussing how history museums can embrace social media and the visitor participation it invites, while still maintaining their position as a trusted authority. Can the museum voice and the crowd be melded into a fulfilling experience for all?

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 501 A/B/C Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Long Range Thinking/Planning: Not Just for Large Museums
Open to all Attendees
This session is essential for smaller museums that have had trouble applying long-range planning processes to their institutions. Leaders will discuss such trials and tribulations and will answer questions in a forum-style session.

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 409 A/B Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Membership Without Boundaries: Membership Planning for Significant Growth
Open to all Attendees
Hear the successes and challenges of three growing museums and their membership stories, including converting visitors to members, marketing techniques, program evaluation, communications and membership acquisition strategies.

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 503 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

NEH 2010: Public Programs, Preservation and Access, and Challenge
Open to all Attendees
This session will provide information about NEH support for exhibitions and programs; intellectual access to and preservation of collections; and long-term support for construction/renovation, endowment and direct expenditures.

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 401 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

On the Road: Ephemeral Exhibits and The Visitor Experience
Open to all Attendees
This session will explore the impact of transient exhibits on visitor engagement with and understanding of museums. Panelists will use examples of thought-provoking exhibits they produced to discuss the evolution of and relationship between exhibit experiences and artistic practice.

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 515B Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Organizational Skills Lab: Understanding Museum Lifecycles
Open to all Attendees
Museums, like people, have lifecycles-changing, growing and learning throughout their lifespan. Learn how understanding lifecycle information allows you to predict, enhance or change it fto enhance institutional performance.

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 404B Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Resume Writing Workshop for Emerging Professionals
Open to all Attendees
Gain valuable learning tips and strategies as you work on your own resume-be sure to bring one!

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 405 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Rise to the Challenge: a museum-school partnership for environmental education
Open to all Attendees
Three institutions will share the challenges and successes they faced with the Fairchild Challenge-a multidisciplinary, museum-high school partnership that allows museums to reach beyond their borders. The challenge helps institutions do more with less, demonstrate relevance in our communities and engage the next generation of cultural stewards.

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 502B Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program: A Multidimensional Pursuit of Inclusion
Open to all Attendees
This case study presentation will describe the structure and methods of success used by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American program (APAP) to diversify their research, programs, exhibitions and workforce.

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 410 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Technology Tutorial - Got Friends? Social Media for Museums
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Social media platforms, such as mobile-friendly Twitter and Facebook, are today's global "town square" and their use has been embraced by cultural institutions. Large or small, all organizations have a level playing field with these easy-to-use, free tools. Learn how to plan, implement, and evaluate your use of Twitter and Facebook effectively.

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 505 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

The Future of Museums, Libraries, and Archives
Open to all Attendees
Panelists will focus on the discussion guide that emerged from a 2008 National Academy of Sciences meeting (supported by IMLS) on the future of libraries and museums, including topics such as technology and power development, and the 21st-century museum and library workforce. Representatives of the museum, archive and library communities will address the discussion guide topics.

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 406 A/B Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

The Next Generation of Visitors: Creating Experiences for Millennials
Open to all Attendees
What does the next generation of potential museum audiences look like, and how can we create experiences that meet their motivations, expectations and needs? Session attendees can learn about recent research on the Millennial Generation (those born roughly between 1980 and 2000), consider new strategies of translating research into successful museum experiences, and pose questions to a panel of Millennials from outside of the museum field.

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 515A Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Vision and Conquest
Open to all Attendees
Pecha Kucha-style five-minute presentations by ten museum professionals focus on soft skills (decision-making, leadership, team work, facilitating meetings) and their real-world uses.

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 518 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Working with Emotionally Sensitive Collections
Open to all Attendees
The session will address issues surrounding memorial museums, including collection materials, exhibitions, and effects on staff, donors, survivors and visitors potentially victimized by the commemorated event. How do we remain sensitive to these concerns and present an honest exhibition?

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 408B Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Museum Group Meeting Office
Invitation Only

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 5:00pm
JW Marriott, Studio II Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Exhibitor Registration Open
Open to Exhibitors Only

Monday May 24, 2010 9:00am - 6:00pm
Convention Center Los Angeles, CA

9:30am

On-site Insight - Major Museum Construction and Its Disruptions: Keeping the Doors Open and Visitors Happy
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County welcomes museum professionals for a behind-the-scenes look at the museum during a major renovation project. The museum has kept the doors open even as nearly one half of its public spaces had to be incrementally closed. Participants will hear details of the capital project and the programs developed during construction, experience some of the programs and see exhibits with the staff that developed them. Bus departs the Convention Center West Entrance at 9:20 A.M. and returns to the Convention Center at 12:00 P.M.

Monday May 24, 2010 9:30am - 12:00pm
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA

10:00am

On-site Insight - Historic Fashion at the Fashion Institute of Design Museum
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Experience 200 years of fashion history on this special tour of the FIDM Museum (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising), featuring couture and ready-to-wear, non-western dress, film costumes, textiles, jewelry and perfume. Learn about new and cost-effective storage of garments, accessories and textiles; also view the Gianni Versace Menswear and Rudi Gernriech archives, and a preview of the upcoming exhibition, "Fabulous! FIDM Museum Acquisitions, 2000-2010." Bus departs the Convention Center West Entrance at 9:55 A.M. and returns to the Convention Center at 12:00 P.M.

Monday May 24, 2010 10:00am - 12:00pm
FIDM Museum Los Angeles, CA

10:30am

Resume Writing Workshop for Mid-career Professionals
Open to all Attendees
Gain valuable learning tips and strategies as you work on your own resume-be sure to bring one!

Monday May 24, 2010 10:30am - 11:45am
Convention Center, 405 Los Angeles, CA

10:30am

General Session - Julia Alvarez
Open to all Attendees
Poet, novelist and essayist Julia Alvarez was born in New York of Dominican descent. She spent the first ten years of her childhood in the Dominican Republic, until her father's involvement in a political rebellion forced her family to flee the country. Alvarez rose to prominence with the novels How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of Butterflies and iYo!. Her publications as a poet include The Housekeeping Book and The Woman I Kept to Myself, and as an essayist the autobiographical compilation Something to Declare. In addition to her successful writing career, Julia Alvarez is the current writer-in-residence at Middlebury College in Vermont.


Monday May 24, 2010 10:30am - 12:00pm
Convention Center Concourse Hall Los Angeles, CA

10:30am

Organizational Skills Lab: Grappling with Fundraising Fears and Board Engagement
Open to all Attendees
The board is responsible for the financial health of the organization, but as most CEOs know there is more to financial management than slashing budgets. In the aftermath of stinging budget and staff cuts, do your trustees know their roles and how to build a more sustainable institutional future? Come learn how hard economic times present a unique opportunity to engage museum trustees in the development and fundraising process.

Monday May 24, 2010 10:30am - 12:00pm
Convention Center, 404B Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

AAM Committee on Museum Professional Training Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
The board and members of the Committee on Museum Professional Training will vote on a new slate of officers and board members and brainstorm about professional development over a plated lunch. Members of COMPT includes professors who provide advanced study to those aspiring to work in museums and also museum professionals who care about the future of museums as well as the future of the profession.

Monday May 24, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Atrium I Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

AAM Historic House Museum Professional Interest Committee Luncheon
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Join members of the Historic House PIC as they discuss topics centered around "The House as our Biggest Artifact" Share ideas from both large and small museums about innovative ideas for preservation , excavating new stories in our historic houses in order to reach more diverse audiences.

Monday May 24, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Platinum Salon G Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

AAM Latino Network Professional Interest Committee (LNPIC) Luncheon
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Harry Gamboa, founding member of the Los Angeles performance art collective (ASCO), will be speaking to LNPIC members about his perspectives on the past, present and future of the Latino presence in museum and cultural organizations. Sponsored by Smithsonian Latino Center.

Monday May 24, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Atrium III Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

AAM National Program Committee Meeting Luncheon
Open to Committee Members Only

Monday May 24, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 2 Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

AAM Native American and Museum Collaboration Network Professional Interest Committee Business Luncheon
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Join other museum professionals to network and get updates from colleagues.

Monday May 24, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Platinum Salon F Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

AAM Public Relations and Marketing Committee (PRAM) Business Luncheon
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
The PRAM annual lunch is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to reunite with friends, network with colleagues, and hear about the latest trends in the field. You will also learn about the committee's activities over the past year, some new initiatives and how you can get involved. We are pleased to present this year's speaker, John Schreiber, Executive Vice President, Social Action and Advocacy at Participant Media. (Beverly Hills, CA) Sponsored by PIMZLO Media Inc.

Monday May 24, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Platinum Salon E Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

AAM Small Museums Administrators Committee (SMAC) Celebrates Small Museums Day
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Join the Small Museums Administrators Committee for its annual luncheon and celebrate Small Museums Day.

Monday May 24, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 3 Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

Alliance for Lesbian and Gay Concerns (ALGC) Professional Interest Committee Luncheon
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Gather with fellow members for a lunch along with a brief business meeting and a luncheon program which will include a discussion about issues and opportunities for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender museum staff.

Monday May 24, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 7 Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

American Association for Museum Volunteers (AAMV) Networking Luncheon
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Meet members, AAMV board members and museum volunteer management professionals and help us celebrate our first annual Volunteer of the Year award.

Monday May 24, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 9 Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

12:15pm

Association of Children's Museums Luncheon: Growing the Field Through Outreach and Partnerships
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Join the Association of Children's Museums for a discussion about the exciting growth taking place in the field. Representatives from the National Children's Museum, (Washington DC) and the Please Touch Museum (Philadelphia, PA) share how their institutions and others are serving diverse communities and reaching new audiences through outreach and community partnerships.

Monday May 24, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Georgia I & II Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

Association of College and University Museums and Galleries Annual Business Luncheon
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Join academic museum and gallery colleagues from around the counrty for lunch and join the discussion about national and regional activities of the ACUMG with the association's volunteer board.

Monday May 24, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Platinum Salon J Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

International Museum Theatre Alliance Luncheon
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
IMTAL is dedicated to supporting the use of theatre and theatrical technique in a museum setting. This informational luncheon is for all members of the museum field and is an opportunity to share ideas and learn more about how to experiment with theatre to create meaningful museum experiences.

Monday May 24, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 10 Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

Visitor Services Professional Interest Committee (VSPIC) Annual Business Luncheon
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Come to the Visitor Services Professional Interest Committee lunch to meet professional colleagues and learn more about VSPIC. Our activities, services, and membership can enhance and reinvigorate your work.

Monday May 24, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Platinum Salon I Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

MuseumExpo Opening Reception
Open to all Attendees
At the most comprehensive museum supplier exposition with over 360 exhibitors, you will be able to move from session inspiration into workplace results. Trusted vendors will showcase everything from time proven solutions to leading edge technology. See what your successful peers are using or jump ahead of them with the latest products and services, all in one convenient forum. Start your MuseumExpo journey at the Opening Reception and enjoy a complimentary lunch while you network with vendors and other attendees who can help refine your quest for finding solutions.

Monday May 24, 2010 12:15pm - 2:15pm
Convention Center Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

MuseumExpo
Open to all Attendees

Monday May 24, 2010 12:15pm - 6:00pm
Convention Center Los Angeles, CA

12:30pm

Book Signing - Julia Alvarez
Open to all Attendees
Signing Once Upon a Quinceanera and other works

Monday May 24, 2010 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Convention Center AAM Bookstore Los Angeles, CA

1:00pm

On-site Insight - Delivering Content and Going Wireless
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Join Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) staff for a 45-minute discussion about the museum's Mobile Initiatives, including its current PDA development, mobile content development and Wireless Initiative. Participants will then have the opportunity to experience LACMA's free multimedia tour featuring audio commentary, video, still images and text for 175 works in its permanent collection in three languages: English, Spanish and Korean. Bus departs the Convention Center West Entrance at 12:30 P.M. and returns to the Convention Center at 3:00 P.M.

Monday May 24, 2010 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Los Angeles, CA

1:00pm

On-site Insight - Using Inspiration to Develop Engaging Exhibits
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Explore the recently renovated Griffith Observatory and hear from its development team (manager, writer, and designer) about the innovative and practical principles and processes they used in developing new exhibits on astronomy. Go behind-the-scenes of this historic building and engage in an animated discussion about audience, relevance and inspiration. Enjoy a live performance of "Centered in the Universe," the inaugural planetarium show that defines our place in, and our ability to know, the universe. Bus departs the Convention Center West Entrance at 12:30 P.M. and leaves the Griffith Observatory to return to the Convention Center at 5:00 P.M.

Monday May 24, 2010 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith Observatory Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Organizational Skills Lab: Working with Consultants
Open to all Attendees
Consultants can help your institution in a variety of ways. Join independent professionals from The Museum Group (TMG) in a lively discussion about the benefits and challenges of working with outside experts.

Monday May 24, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 405 Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Redefining Museums
Open to all Attendees
Museums have changed tremendously over the past 30 years or so, as well as the public. Their visitors, museums, and their experiences come in many shapes and sizes at times making it difficult to identify who or what they are. This session will be presented as a brainstorm that tackles redefining museums, or at least clarifying what they are now.

Monday May 24, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 513 Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Organizational Skills Lab: Project Management Basics
Open to all Attendees
Learn the basics of project management in this lively and practical workshop. Explore what changes when you go from "doing" to "managing"; how to plan the work of your team; and different project management styles.

Monday May 24, 2010 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Convention Center, 404B Los Angeles, CA

2:15pm

75 Winning Ideas in 75 Minutes
Open to all Attendees
Take away innovative development and membership ideas for successful implementation at any museum. This session emphasizes breaking open revenue log-jams.

Monday May 24, 2010 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Convention Center, 502A Los Angeles, CA

2:15pm

A Conversation with IMLS Staff
Open to all Attendees
IMLS program officers will provide an overview of funding opportunities available to museums, including tips on preparing a competitive proposal and common pitfalls to avoid, and an update on recent publications and national initiatives such as "Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills."

Monday May 24, 2010 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Convention Center, 407 Los Angeles, CA

2:15pm

A Spotlight on Making Cognitive Development Research Meaningful to Adult Visitors
Open to all Attendees
Learn how partnering with research scientists who study children's learning can help museums better engage adult visitors in the exhibit halls and provide professional development opportunities for museum staff. We will present a case study demonstrating related practices in large and small museums, while highlighting evaluation of the impact of this type of programming, and will include examples of successes as well as challenges.

Monday May 24, 2010 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Convention Center, 409 A/B Los Angeles, CA

2:15pm

Beyond Words: Editing as Exhibition Development
Open to all Attendees
This session explores how a range of museum professionals including label writers, curators, exhibition developers and designers can deliberately and imaginatively edit their work, resulting in user-friendly, cogent exhibitions.

Monday May 24, 2010 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Convention Center, 518 Los Angeles, CA

2:15pm

Blogging, and Tweeting and Facebook Oh My! Web 2.0 for Small Museums
Open to all Attendees
Learn how small museums can use online technology to communicate with members and expand audiences. Determine which technologies fit your institution, how to plan for them, how to measure the return on investment (ROI) and how to listen.

Monday May 24, 2010 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Convention Center, 406 A/B Los Angeles, CA

2:15pm

Building Synergy: Translating Strategic Vision into the Daily Lives of Museum Staff
Open to all Attendees
This session explores the impact of a museum's strategic plan, presenting current research findings, promising trends and an innovative example of a plan that successfully bridges the gap between vision and reality.

Monday May 24, 2010 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Convention Center, 501 A/B/C Los Angeles, CA

2:15pm

Changing Museums, Living Cultures - An Alaska Native Perspective
Open to all Attendees
This session will show how a medium-sized museum engaged the community, using committees comprised of distinctly different cultures to create an exhibit about a minority population's adaptations to a dominant culture. It will present a case study of the Alaska Native Heritage Center's "Changing Lives, Living Values"

Monday May 24, 2010 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Convention Center, 410 Los Angeles, CA

2:15pm

Collaborations in Collection Storage: Making Shared Storage Work
Open to all Attendees
This panel will discuss the pros, cons and obstacles facing museums utilizing regional collaboration within their storage vaults and offsite storage facilities. Hear how they have made it work and how shared storage can be successful.

Monday May 24, 2010 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Convention Center, 511 A/B/C Los Angeles, CA

2:15pm

Demographic Transformation and the Future of Museums: Trends and Implications
Open to all Attendees
This session premiers the most recent forecasting report from the Center for the Future of Museums, exploring demographic trends in American society and their implications for museums. The presentation will explore barriers discouraging some populations from museum visits and support, and how museums can change their practices to attract new audiences.

Monday May 24, 2010 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Convention Center, 403A Los Angeles, CA

2:15pm

Design for Participation
Open to all Attendees
This session will present techniques for visitors to share their voices and co-create experiences in your museum in accordance with your institutional values and design goals. Panelists will share examples and frameworks for visitor contribution in exhibits and educational programs.

Monday May 24, 2010 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Convention Center, 402 A/B Los Angeles, CA

2:15pm

Don't Just Stand There, Do Something! Inspiring Citizen Engagement Inside the Museum
Open to all Attendees
Learn how institutions can use interactive installations or exhibits to push visitors beyond their walls to the intersection of education and activism.

Monday May 24, 2010 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Convention Center, 503 Los Angeles, CA

2:15pm

How Can History Museums Be More Interactive?
Open to all Attendees
This forum will provide all participants with opportunities to share ideas, challenges and lessons learned about developing meaningful interactive exhibits and gallery programs in history museums. Brief illustrated presentations will be followed by a group activity modeling principles of effective interactivity and then open discussion.

Monday May 24, 2010 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Convention Center, 408A Los Angeles, CA

2:15pm

Is Your Dry Sprinkler System Under Attack?
Open to all Attendees
This session examines how corrosion affects dry and pre-action sprinkler systems, providing suggestions for monitoring, identifying and responding to such issues.

Monday May 24, 2010 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Convention Center, 411 Los Angeles, CA

2:15pm

Museums Imagining A Community of Communities: Exploring Diversity Through Multisensory Engagement
Open to all Attendees
Focusing on the power of human language to connect our communities, this interactive session outlines some possibilities of "coming to our senses"

Monday May 24, 2010 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Convention Center, 502B Los Angeles, CA

2:15pm

Reaching Latino Audiences: Successful Marketing and Communications Strategies
Open to all Attendees
Hear the latest research on Latino audiences, the appropriate questions to ask when considering a marketing campaign and the best marketing tools for different Latino populations. A moderated discussion will reveal successful communications strategies and culturally specific issues to consider.

Monday May 24, 2010 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Convention Center, 515B Los Angeles, CA

2:15pm

Remembering the Recent Past: Engaging Audiences to Personally Reflect upon 9/11, Katrina, and Guantánamo
Open to all Attendees
For many Americans, the emblematic events of 9/11, Katrina and Guantánamo raise many larger issues for the U.S. and societies abroad. This session looks at challenges and practices arising when museums present recent history from multiple perspectives, allowing audiences to grapple with the meaning of events and help shape how contemporary history is remembered.

Monday May 24, 2010 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Convention Center, 515A Los Angeles, CA

2:15pm

Sustaining Innovation: Maintaining In-depth School and Community Partnerships in Times of Change
Open to all Attendees
This session provides insight into the impact, challenges and potential of the Education and Arts Roundtable, a long-term and in-depth partnership of school teachers, community arts organizations and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The roundtable is distinguished by its engagement of partners, museum staff and the general public.

Monday May 24, 2010 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Convention Center, 408B Los Angeles, CA

2:15pm

Technology Tutorial - Designing a Big Powerful Website on a Shoestring Budget
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Strong on ideas but short on resources? You can use a blogging tool like Wordpress to create a beautiful, powerful Website that puts the spotlight on your museum's content. We'll show you how to get your content online in a system that anyone can update without having to call for help.

Monday May 24, 2010 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Convention Center, 505 Los Angeles, CA

2:15pm

Training the Next Generation of Museum Professionals
Open to all Attendees
The panel will explore the museum as a workplace in an increasingly complex world, addressing the challenges of training the next generation of museum professionals for traditional tasks and for those requiring skills grounded in new technologies.

Monday May 24, 2010 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Convention Center, 403B Los Angeles, CA

3:30pm

Broadening Your Audience: Delivering Content Across Multiple Platforms
Open to all Attendees
iPhone applications, cell phones, web-based content, and multimedia players are tools that can help you reach broad, technologically savvy audiences. Acoustiguide's creative and management teams, along with our Museum partners now implementing cross-platform delivery, will discuss how technology can give your institution the edge to attract and inspire new audiences.

Monday May 24, 2010 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Convention Center, 514 Los Angeles, CA

3:30pm

Idea Lounge: Museologically Incorrect: Further Conversations for Contrarians
Open to all Attendees
Are you fed up with pious platitudes? Do you think that the conversations in the bar are often more stimulating that the ones in the formal sessions? Museologically Incorrect is the place to meet up with other contrarian thinkers who want to question standard wisdom about museumsr. This year we'll start with a question: Would you rather visit The Museum of Plumbing, or The Museum of Poetry? The Museum of the Dutiful, or The Museum of the Beautiful? As to where the conversation will go from there-well, who knows when you get a room full of contrarians together?

Monday May 24, 2010 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 405 Los Angeles, CA

3:30pm

Marketplace of Ideas
Open to all Attendees

Monday May 24, 2010 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Convention Center, Petree Hall Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Straight Talk Roundtables: Museums Thriving in the Economic Downturn
Open to all Attendees
Economic challenges are confronting all of us. Budgets have been cut, programs scaled back and staff levels reduced. What is the impact on our work and our lives and how are we faring? Join these roundtables on issues crucial to museums in these challenging times and benefit from new ideas and strategies, reliable information and resource-sharing. Let's thrive together!

Monday May 24, 2010 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Joint Committee on Archives, Libraries, and Museums (CALM) Meeting
Open to all Attendees
One of three committee meetings held each year in conjunction with major conferences of the American Library Association, Society of American Archivists and AAM. Open to attendees who are interested in the convergence of museums, libraries, and archives.

Monday May 24, 2010 3:45pm - 5:30pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 2 Los Angeles, CA

4:00pm

Book Signing - Nina Simon
Open to all Attendees
The Participatory Museum

Monday May 24, 2010 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center AAM Bookstore Los Angeles, CA

4:00pm

Idea Lounge: Oops! Learning from Mistakes and Unintended Consequences
Open to all Attendees
Museums are part of an increasingly diverse cultural landscape that requires thoughtfulness and sensitivity to successfully traverse. From exhibition design to marketing, and from fundraising to working with artists and community organizations, there are many potential pitfalls, even to the well-intentioned. Yet, there is much to be learned from the occasional misstep, and much to be gained from sharing them with each other. Bring your stories of those less-than perfect outcomes, the careful plans that went awry, the unintended consequences of policies and actions. We will work together to develop some rules of thumb and values-based guidelines that can help us all be more effective cross-cultural ambassadors.

Monday May 24, 2010 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 404B Los Angeles, CA

4:00pm

Idea Lounge: Shape your Career through the Seminar for Historical Administration
Open to all Attendees
The Seminar for Historical Administration is the longest-running professional development seminar in the country and the only one sponsored by six major history and museum organizations. As such, this Idea Lounge will offer the graduate perspective on SHA and how it's shaped careers, provide an overview of how SHA developed, and engender affinity among graduates in the audience. Additionally this session aims to recruit new applicants, encourage employers to cultivate applicants from their staff, and explore how professional development programs best stay current with the field.

Monday May 24, 2010 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 404A Los Angeles, CA

4:00pm

AAM Museum Assessment Program (MAP) and Accreditation: A view from the trenches
Open to all Attendees
Ever wonder what its like to go through a MAP? Are you in the middle of an accreditation review? Learn more about what past participants thought was most beneficial and tips on how to best prepare for a MAP or completing a re-accreditation review or preparing for an accreditation site visit. This is your chance to chat with museums that have successfully completed the programs. Join their staff, your peers, experienced peer reviewers and an Accreditation Commissioner or two in a lively informal roundtable discussion.

Monday May 24, 2010 4:00pm - 5:00pm
JW Marriott, Platinum Salon E Los Angeles, CA

4:00pm

Mentoring Roundtables for emerging and mid-career professionals
Open to all Attendees
Kick off the annual meeting by networking with colleagues and mentors in timely discussions about strategizing your career, overcoming workplace challenges, being a leader at any level and communicating persuasively. Share experiences and solutions through relationship-building and peer-to-peer exchange of ideas.

Monday May 24, 2010 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Convention Center, 408B Los Angeles, CA

5:00pm

AAM Museums Advocacy Day Reunion and Open House
Open to all Attendees
If you participated in Museums Advocacy Day in person or online, or if you just want to learn more about how to get involved as an advocate for museums, this is the reception for you. RSVP to mat@aam-us.org by April 23rd if you plan on attending.

Monday May 24, 2010 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Westin Bonaventure, Santa Anita C Los Angeles, CA

5:00pm

Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) Reception
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Join board members and friends for an informal reception a the Wells Fargo Museum. The reception is sponsored by Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf and is open to all AAM attendees

Monday May 24, 2010 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Wells Fargo History Museum Los Angeles, CA

5:00pm

Cooperstown Graduate Program Reception
Invitation Only
The Cooperstown Graduate Program invites alumni and friends to renew acquaintances and hear news about our building renovation and a new grant for mid-career training.

Monday May 24, 2010 5:00pm - 6:30pm
JW Marriott, Chairman's Suite Los Angeles, CA

5:15pm

Meet your Mentor(or Mentee)!
Invitation Only
This reception is for anyone who is interested in getting more information about the AAM Online Mentoring Program, and an opportunity for those mentors and mentees already participating in the program to get to meet face-to-face for a little informal networking.

Monday May 24, 2010 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Convention Center, 408B Los Angeles, CA

5:30pm

AAM Latino Network Professional Interest Committee (LNPIC) Reception
Open to all Attendees
Reception is open to members and non-members. Come see what the LNPIC is all about.

Monday May 24, 2010 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Westin Bonaventure, Santa Anita A & B Los Angeles, CA

5:30pm

AAM Registrars Commitee (RC-AAM) International and American Registrars Reception
Open to all Attendees
Join your friends and colleagues from abroad in an informal setting to discuss collections-related topics of mutual interest. Sponsored by ICEFAT - International Convention of Exhibition and Fine Art Transporters.

Monday May 24, 2010 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Westin Bonaventure, Santa Barbara B & C Los Angeles, CA

5:30pm

The George Washington University Alumni Reception
Invitation Only
Please join your fellow GW alumni for a reception. Mingle with old friends, reconnect with the faculty, meet current students and network with fellow alumni

Monday May 24, 2010 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Westin Bonaventure, Santa Barbara A Los Angeles, CA

5:30pm

Museum Education Roundtable Annual Reception
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Join friends and colleagues at the Chinese American Museum. Enjoy food, drink, and an informal dialogue centered on the Journal of Museum Educators Winter issue on diversity and identity. Led by Gillian McIntyre, Guest Editor. Buses depart from the Convention Center West Entrance from 5:15 - 5:30 PM and return to host hotels at 7:30 P.M.

Monday May 24, 2010 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Chinese American Museum Los Angeles, CA

6:00pm

AAM Board Alumni Reception
Invitation Only

Monday May 24, 2010 6:00pm - 7:30pm
JW Marriott, Olympic III Los Angeles, CA

6:00pm

Asian Pacific American Professional Interest Committee (APAPIC) Annual Reception
Open to all Attendees
An informal get-together of members and friends of AAM's Asian Pacific Professional Interest Committee with light food, drinks and music. RSVP to jfrancisco@rockhall.org by April 23rd if you plan to attend. Buses depart from the Convention Center West Entrance at 5:45 P.M. Buses return to host hotels at 8:00 P.M.

Monday May 24, 2010 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Morono Kiang Gallery Bradbury Building Los Angeles, CA

6:30pm

AAM Emerging Museum Professionals (EMP) Reception
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Join us for a fun-filled evening at the newest multi-disciplinary cultural center in Los Angeles devoted to Mexican and Mexican-American heritage, LA PLAZA. Located in the heart of the historic district at Main and Olvera Streets where the metropolis first began, participants will be able to tour beautifully renovated historic structures adapted for museum. Enjoy a savory culinary experience by world re-known Chef John Rivera Sedlar the creator and founder of the first Latin food museum in the United States, MUSEUM TAMAL. Reception includes authentic traditional and contemporary Latin foods, entertainment and music. Buses depart from the Convention Center West Entrance at 5:30 P.M. and return to host hotels at 8:30 P.M.

Monday May 24, 2010 6:30pm - 8:00pm
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes Los Angeles, CA

6:30pm

Dine and Dialogue: Museums Around the Edges: Enhancing the Visiting Experience with Distinctive Retail
Open to all Attendees
Museums have become destinations with extensive retail experiences that are often attractions themselves. Developing well-considered support functions such as unique retail components can function as an internal attraction, serving regular museum goers as well as a means of expanding audience, extending hours and establishing a consistent operating revenue stream. The conversation will focus on broad-view planning including the importance of a comprehensive business plan, a discussion of each of the sequential steps in the total process and specific completed examples.

6:30pm

Dine and Dialogue: The Origination and Evolution of Design Ideas
Open to all Attendees
Design ideas: do they come from the data or the designer? How much of creativity just happens and how much is generated? Creators are always asked where they get their ideas-this is a chance to explore the eternal question around design adn creativity. Join veteran exhibit designer and winemaker Jerry Eisterhold and Jan Adkins for an evening of discussion and dinner featuring wines from teh Eisterhold cellars.

7:00pm

An Evening at the Getty Center
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Experience the Getty Center, situated on 650 acres in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Enjoy art, architecture, gardens and stunning views of the Los Angeles basin, the mountains and the ocean. Stroll through the J. Paul Getty Museum's permanent collection, and be inspired by "Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Inspiration and Inventions," together with two other special temporary exhibitions. Buffet dinner with complimentary wine and beer bar. Buses depart from the Convention Center West Entrance from 6:00-6:30 P.M. and return to host hotels at 10:00 P.M.

Monday May 24, 2010 7:00pm - 10:00pm
J. Paul Getty Museum Los Angeles, CA

7:00pm

Exposition Park Block Party
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Dedicated in 1913 as a part of Los Angeles' "City Beautiful" movement, Exposition Park is not only one of the top five tourist destinations in Southern California, but also the home of three of the city's premier cultural institutions. The California African American Museum, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Science Center invite you to join them for a trifecta of fun, food and a sneak peak at new galleries not yet open to the public! All three museums will be open for the evening, and each will have live entertainment, delicious hors d'oeuvres, and complimentary beer and wine. Buses depart from the Convention Center West Entrance from 6:30-7:00 P.M. and return to host hotels at 10:00 P.M.

Monday May 24, 2010 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Exposition Park Los Angeles, CA

7:30pm

Getty Leadership Institute Alumni Reunion
Invitation Only
The Getty Leadership Institute Alumni Reception will take place during the Getty Evening Host Event. Alumni are required to purchase tickets to the Getty Evening Event in order to attend. Buses depart from the Convention Center West Entrance from 6:00 - 6:30 P.M. Buses depart for the host hotels from 9:30 - 10:00 P.M.

Monday May 24, 2010 7:30pm - 8:30pm
The Restaurant at the Getty Center Los Angeles, CA
 
Tuesday, May 25
 

7:30am

7:30am

AAM Public Relations and Marketing Committee (PRAM) Networking Breakfast and Issues Exchange
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Start the morning with your PRAM colleagues sharing yur take-aways from the conference and topics you'd like to learn more about in 2011! Sponsored by PIMZLO Media Inc.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 7:30am - 8:30am
JW Marriott, Platinum Salon E Los Angeles, CA

7:30am

Informal Learning Experiences Traveling Exhibitions Roundtable
Open to all Attendees
This annual roundtable is a great opportunity for institutions seeking traveling exhibitions to learn about new or exciting traveling shows and their availability and for producers of traveling exhibitions to showcase their productions.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 7:30am - 8:45am
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 3 Los Angeles, CA

8:00am

'Early Bird Special': Communicating Across Four Generations at Work
Open to all Attendees
Boomers, Xers, GenY, Traditionalists? Who are they and why do they act the way they do? Join this facilitated conversation around some of the highs and lows of working with a wide age range in the workplace.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 8:00am - 8:50am
Convention Center, 404A Los Angeles, CA

8:00am

Idea Lounge: Museums are from Mars, Designers are from Venus
Open to all Attendees
What are the ingredients for successful collaboration between museums and designers? For museums, how do you choose the best designer for your exhibition? For designers, how do you triage the museum projects best aligned with your core competencies? It all begins with clear and honest communication. This Idea Lounge will provide a forum to discuss these questions and more by bringing together cross-functional perspectives.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 8:00am - 8:50am
Convention Center, 404B Los Angeles, CA

8:00am

Public Speaking Workshop
Open to all Attendees
This workshop, led by members of the International Museum Theater Alliance (IMTAL), is for those who would like to be more effective communicators. Learn techniques and tips to help overcome some common pitfalls of public speaking.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 8:00am - 8:50am
Convention Center, 405 Los Angeles, CA

8:00am

AAM Registration, Ticket Exchange and Bookstore Open
Open to all Attendees

Tuesday May 25, 2010 8:00am - 5:30pm
Convention Center Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Building A New Generation of Cultural Heritage: Museums and Community Identity
Open to all Attendees
This session presents three examples of museums actively helping to heal and strengthen communities while remaining faithful to their mission and respectful of their collections.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 403B Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Capital Campaign Clinic: Up-to-Date Advice for the Ever-Changing Landscape
Open to all Attendees
Learn how trustees, CEOs and development professionals can take new approaches to campaigns during times of radical economic change. Interactive discussion and participant Q & A will follow break-out sessions on new approaches to campaign phases.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 409 A/B Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Changing Places: From Black and White to Technicolor -- Exhibition as a Catalyst for Community Engagement
Open to all Attendees
An exhibit project exploring rapid demographic and cultural change in Charlotte, N.C., illustrates a new approach to exhibit development and program delivery by working with community partners at every stage. It is catalyzing gallery and community activities including dialogues for adults and teens, programming with a local university, a public television documentary, and a Web blog and forum.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 502B Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Collaborating with Tribal Communities in Museum Exhibits
Open to all Attendees
Museums are often challenged to present and interpret their Native American collections-and the tribal communities that produced them-in ways that are culturally relevant, accurate and inclusive. Panelists explore the many ways of bringing Native voices into the exhibit development process, leading to enriched exhibitions of Native collections, histories and cultures.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 518 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Crossing Boundries: Artists and Museums Past, Present, and Future
Open to all Attendees
This session explores how museums and artists can create compelling collaborations, fostering new approaches to programming, interpretation, community building and operations that cross traditional boundaries to create a more dynamic museum practice.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 503 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Demystifying the Mighty I.T. (Information Technology)
Open to all Attendees
Did you ever wonder where those ideas using new technologies come from? Get the inside scoop on what three museum technology movers and shakers are working on, what they are excited about for the future and what's keeping them up at night.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 407 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Greening Your Museum: What Gets Measured Gets Done
Open to all Attendees
Environmental sustainability is not just a fad, but a new way of doing business. Based on experience from U.S. and U.K. museums, this program shares near-term solutions to implementing green practice that don't cost too much money or time.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 403A Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Heavy Lifting 101: Moving Collections at Small Museums
Open to all Attendees
For a small museum, carrying out a collections move with limited staff and limited resources can be daunting. Staff from several small museums will offer practical advice and guidance based on their collections move experiences, and will answer questions about session participants' projects.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 511 A/B/C Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Keys to a Successful Museum Store
Open to all Attendees
Learn what to implement, monitor and evaluate to assure the maximization of visitor satisfaction and revenue. Topics include managing your store like a business, inventory management, financials, budgeting, mission-related product selection and UBIT issues, marketing, online sales, job descriptions, staffing, data collection, customer service, red flags and performance benchmarks.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 513 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Know When to Walk Away (Know When to Run): Changing Museum Jobs
Open to all Attendees
Emotional bonds with a museum and co-workers make it extremely difficult for many museum professionals to change jobs. Ten experienced museum professionals will facilitate group discussions about how to make the decision to change jobs, as well as what can (and should) be learned from the experience.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 408A Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Managing from the Middle
Open to all Attendees
Geared towards early and mid-level professionals in the field, this session will help middle managers become more effective leaders for their staff and their peers, and provide strategies for managing up, down, and across the organization. This session will provide attendees with solid strategies and ideas to be effective leaders at all levels and give a sense of the various skill sets one can acquire in this unique position.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 404A Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Museums and 21st Century Skills: Perspectives on Policy and Practice
Open to all Attendees
This session focuses on a recent Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) report and self-assessment tool addressing museums' critical role in promoting such 21st-century skills as visual literacy, civic engagement, global awareness, creativity and innovation, environmental literacy, and critical thinking and problem solving. The project presents a policy argument, case studies and strategies for increasing museums' effectiveness in fostering these skills.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 515B Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Museums and Archaeologists: A Partnership on the Preservation of Cultural Heritage
Open to all Attendees
Art museum professionals and archaeologists share a strong common interest in helping to preserve archaeological sites and resources worldwide. Examine areas of common interest in preserving archaeological sites and resources worldwide and potential action through shared initiatives to help stem the loss of cultural heritage.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 501 A/B/C Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Organizational Skills Lab: So You Have a Staff, Now What?
Open to all Attendees
In most organizations, employees are promoted to supervisory roles but are not always armed with the skills to manage. Learn to explore your leadership traits, provide feedback to staff and make the neccessary shift in values and time applications that will make you more effective in this role.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 404B Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Resume Writing Workshop for Emerging Profesionals
Open to all Attendees
Gain valuable learning tips and strategies as you work through your own resume.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 405 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Risk and Reality: Tools for Taking Risks Within Professional Realities
Open to all Attendees
Most of us acknowledge that risk-taking is essential to professional growth and institutional innovation. Session participants will have a chance to evaluate their own tolerance for risk-taking in a professional environment as well as tools for taking those risks and succeeding.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 406 A/B Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

School in the Park: A Whole New Way of Learning
Open to all Attendees
Hear the 10-year success story of School in the Park, an innovative collaboration allowing inner-city public elementary school students to attend school in the museums and cultural institutions of San Diego's Balboa Park. This session will explain the program's history, funding, research, evaluation, and administrative and curriculum development processes.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 410 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Steal This Session! Taking-and Using-the Best from Contemporary Culture
Open to all Attendees
Experts share experiences, trends and recommendations on how to become more relevant to today's visitor by "stealing" the best from contemporary culture, incorporating others' successful practices into your programming, fundraising and marketing. Topics include "destination programming,"

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 515A Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Technology Tutorial - Designing a Big Powerful Website on a Shoestring Budget
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Strong on ideas but short on resources? You can use a blogging tool like Wordpress to create a beautiful, powerful Website that puts the spotlight on your museum's content. We'll show you how to get your content online in a system that anyone can update without having to call for help.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 505 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

The 2010 Exhibition Critique and Discussion: Hollywood-Style (NOTE: DATE CHANGE)
Open to all Attendees
Hollywood-style critiques of "Hollywood Chinese: The Arthur Dong Collection" (the first major new exhibition at the Chinese American Museum) will be followed by dialogue with the audience. Attendees are encouraged to visit the exhibit beforehand and to sign up for the NAME SPC lunch afterwards, featuring a conversation between reviewers and museum staff.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 411 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

The Future by Design
Open to all Attendees
Learn about IDEO's human-centered design process and how it connects and applies successfully to any situation, question, or problem. Explore examples across industries, from worldwide-impacting projects to deep personal explorations, and discover how museums may best use this approach to shape the future.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 502A Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Visitor Studies 101: Collecting and Interpreting Visitor Data
Open to all Attendees
This session will give an introduction to collecting and understanding visitor data, including the data collection methods of interviews, survey's observations and focus groups. Content will cover the kinds of information that can be collected, and how to analyze and utilize the data.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 408B Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

On-site Insight - The California Condor Rescue Zone--Letting Our Story Soar
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
The Los Angeles Zoo has been saving California condors for over 20 years, yet most visitors were not aware of the Zoo's incredible commitment to this species-until now. Discover how the LA Zoo staff brought this amazing story into the public eye through its new children's playspace-the California Condor Rescue Zone. Come meet the staff, tour the facility and leave with tips, techniques, and inspiration for how to make your own institution's stories take flight. Buses leave Convention Center West Entrance at 8:45 A.M. Bus returns to the Convention Center at 12:00 P.M.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 12:00pm
Los Angeles Zoo Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

On-site Insight - Turning Hate to Hope
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Experience select interactive exhibits at the Museum of Tolerance designed to raise awareness and promote social justice. Experience unique, interactive exhibits and be dazzled by Electrosonics' presentations of cutting edge technologies, including anonymous voting mechanisms, in exhibits such as the "POV Diner" and the "Millennium Machine" that challenge us to address local social issues and global human rights violations. Engage in additional exhibits that explore themes of rights and responsibility, democracy and diversity. Engage with a museum educator to discuss the role of the museum as a catalyst for positive social change. Hear first-hand testimony, "From Hate to Hope," from the perpetrator and victim of a hate crime. Bus departs the Convention Center West Entrance at 8:30 A.M. and returns to the Convention Center at 12:00 P.M.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 12:00pm
Museum of Tolerance Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Storytelling Bootcamp
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Storytelling is at the heart of what we do regardless of our roles within museums. In this fast-paced, object-centered workshop go beyond rhetoric to learn the art and science of telling a good story. Experience a wide range of storytelling methods and strategies and then work collaboratively to create your own story. Endorsed by the National Association of Museum Exhibition (NAME).

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott, Platinum Salon H Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Forecasting the Future of Museums: California as Case Study
Invitation Only
In honor of the California Association of Museums 30th Anniversary the Center for the Future of Museums is hosting a working session forecasting the future of California's museums. This session will generate a draft list of recommended actions which will be shared with AAM meeting attendees. The proceedings will be of national interest because California is living the early tail of the future facing the nation. Co-hosted by the California Association of Museums and AAM's Center for the Future of Museums. Sponsored in part by the James Irvine Foundation, The Ahmanson Foundation and the California Council for the Humanities.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 5:00pm
Westin Bonaventure, San Gabriel A Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Exhibitor Registration Open
Open to Exhibitors Only

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:00am - 6:00pm
Convention Center Los Angeles, CA

9:30am

On-site Insight - LA Rings in Arts and Culture in Citywide Celebration
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
The LA Opera has served nearly 1 million students, senior citizens and other audiences through its internationally recognized education and community programs. Go behind the scenes at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles County Music Center and learn about the development of a production of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle and the innovative marketing strategies, collaborations and educational programs related to the Ring Festival LA, a 2 ½-month-long, county-wide arts festival. Bus departs the Convention Center West Entrance at 9:20 A.M. and returns to the Convention Center at 11:30 A.M.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:30am - 11:30am
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles County Music Center Los Angeles, CA

10:00am

Book Signing - Lois H. Silverman
Open to all Attendees
Signing The Social Work of Museums

Tuesday May 25, 2010 10:00am - 11:00am
Convention Center AAM Bookstore Los Angeles, CA

10:00am

On-site Insight - Storms, Arks, and Rainbows: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Developing Noah's Ark at the Skirball
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
A winner of the AAM Excellence in Exhibition Competition, Noah's Ark at the Skirball Cultural Center is a hands-on destination that explores themes of community, diversity and new beginnings in a dramatic environment featuring more than 300 whimsical, life-size animals made of found and repurposed materials. The core creative team for Noah's Ark will introduce participants to the rich collaborative process that yielded this cross-cultural, values driven, non-theological exhibition, which equally engages adults and children. Bus departs the Convention Center West Entrance at 9:30 A.M. and returns to the Convention Center at 12:00 P.M.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 10:00am - 12:00pm
Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles, CA

10:00am

MuseumExpo
Open to all Attendees

Tuesday May 25, 2010 10:00am - 6:00pm
Convention Center Los Angeles, CA

10:30am

Resume Writing Workshop for Mid-career Professionals
Open to all Attendees
Gain valuable learning tips and strategies as you work on your own resume-be sure to bring one!

Tuesday May 25, 2010 10:30am - 11:45am
Convention Center, 405 Los Angeles, CA

10:30am

Organizational Skills Lab: Making Effective Decisions
Open to all Attendees
Understanding the nature of decision making is essential for organizational effectiveness. Learn how to identify stakeholders for a given decision and ensure consistent communication of decisions across the organization.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 10:30am - 12:00pm
Convention Center, 404B Los Angeles, CA

10:45am

MuseumExpo Open Hour
Open to all Attendees

Tuesday May 25, 2010 10:45am - 12:00pm
Convention Center Los Angeles, CA

10:45am

Museum Store Layout & Design Features That Increase Sales
Open to all Attendees
Learn about determining optimal size and location for the store, office and storage, lighting, flooring, checkout counter location, product category adjacencies, merchandising products inaccessible to the visitor, foot-traffic patterns, sightlines, signage, fixture design and density, how to get the visitor to linger and creating displays that generate incremental sales.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 10:45am - 12:00pm
Convention Center, 513 Los Angeles, CA

11:00am

Book Signing - Lonnie Bunch
Open to all Attendees
Signing Call the Lost Dreams Back: Essays on History, Race and Museums

Tuesday May 25, 2010 11:00am - 12:00pm
Convention Center AAM Bookstore Los Angeles, CA

11:00am

AAM First-Time Attendee Welcome Reception
Open to all Attendees
Whether you are a new AAM member or new to the Annual Meeting , this is your opportunity to enjoy refreshments and learn the "tips and tricks" from AAM Board and staff members on how to make the most of your time at the meeting

Tuesday May 25, 2010 11:00am - 12:00pm
MuseumExpo, Exhibit Halls A & B Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

Wildlife Rescue, a new traveling exhibit launching March 2011!
Open to all Attendees
Wildlife Rescue is a 6,000 sq ft immersive, hands-on exhibit that involves visitors in compelling stories about real animals and real people dedicated to their rescue, and the science that supports their efforts. Discover topics and themes important to the health of animal habitats and ecosystems of our planet.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Convention Center, 514 Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

AAM Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE) Issues Luncheon
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Our keynote speaker is Hallie Preskill, Ph.D Director of Strategic Learning and Evaluation, FSG Social Impact Advisors. Sponsored by Randi Korn and Associates

Tuesday May 25, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 1 Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

AAM Committee on Diversity in Museums Luncheon
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Help DivCom shape the agenda for the future. Join us for lunch with the Diversity Fellows and a lively discussion of the state of diversity in our field and institutions.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 2 Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

AAM Committee on Education (EdCom) Networking Lunch and Awards Ceremony
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Join EdCom for our annual networking lunch and presentationof our 2010 Award for Excellence. Celebrate with colleagues as we honor outstanding service to the field, and exemplary education programs.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 3 Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

AAM Curators Committee (CurCom) Business Luncheon
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Join curatorial colleagues and learn about CurCom endeavors including the new international Global Curator Program, professional development opportunities and meet the CurCom board members.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Platinum Salon G Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

AAM Development and Membership (DAM) Professional Network Luncheon
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Join museum development and membership professionals from around the country for this popular annual tradition. This is a wonderful opportunity to broaden your professional network and discuss the latest trends in the field: what's working, what's not and what's ahead. Sponsored by Grenzebach Glier and Associates.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salons 8 & 9 Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

AAM Media and Technology Committee Luncheon
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Learn about what's happening with AAM and the Media and Technology Committee. Hear what your colleagues are doing and meet other like minded professionals

Tuesday May 25, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 6 Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

AAM Museum Association Security Committee (MASC) Luncheon
Open to Committee Members Only

Tuesday May 25, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Platinum Salon F Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

AAM Museum Management Committee Business Luncheon
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Tuesday May 25, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 7 Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

AAM Registrars Committee (RC) Annual Business Luncheon
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Tuesday May 25, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Platinum Salon E Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

National Association for Museum Exhibition Issues Luncheon
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
After the business meeting, we will continue NAME's critique session on "Hollywood Chinese: The Arthur Dong Collection" at the Chinese American Museum of LA. View clips from the documentary film that inspired the exhibition, meet Arthur Dong himself and engage in dialogue about the exhibitions intent, and whether or not it works. Sponsored by Tru Vue - Optium Acrylic Glazing, Exhibit IQ, The Nassal Company, Superior Exhibits & Design Inc., and UJMN Architects + Designers.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Platinum Salon I-J Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

Career Cafe 'Blue Plate Specials'
Open to all Attendees
Join us for brief, bite-sized presentations/conversations on a range of career and management related topics. Each "blue plate" is 20 minutes, featuring a six-minute presentation (Pecha Kucha-style) followed by discussion. bring your lunch and join us to learn more about a whole new way to deliver and recieve information in a short amount of time!

Tuesday May 25, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Convention Center, 404A Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

Personal Branding Workshop
Open to all Attendees
Improve your professional marketablity with practical tips on how to persuasively and powerfully convey your personal brand through written, oral and visual communication.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Convention Center, 405 Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

Professional Writing Workshop
Open to all Attendees
Effective written communication is a critical competitive advantage for everyone working in mususeums today. Do you have teh tools you need to write professional letters, memos, e-mails, reports, blog posts or full-length articles? Sharpen your writing skills, write with more confidence and persuasion, unlock writers' block and choose the right approach for different kinds of communication vehicles. Bring a piece you are currently writing-we will work together to help you shape it.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Convention Center, 404B Los Angeles, CA

12:30pm

On-site Insight - The Chinese American Museum: Creating and Sustaining a Community-Based Museum
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Located in the late 19th-century Garnier Building once at the core of LA's original Chinatown and in the city's birthplace, the Chinese American Museum serves a diverse Chinese American and multiethnic community. Founding CAM Director Suellen Cheng, Executive Director Pauline Wong and exhibit developers THINK Jacobson & Roth will describe developing CAM's inaugural permanent exhibits using a phased implementation plan and creating, planning and sustaining future exhibits and programs addressing contemporary issues of identity and origins. Bus departs the Convention Center West Entrance at 12:15 P.M. and returns to the Convention Center at 2:30 P.M.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 12:30pm - 2:30pm
The Chinese American Museum Los Angeles, CA

1:00pm

On-site Insight - Passing It Forward: Using History to Inspire Civic Engagement (NOTE: DATE CHANGE)
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
This On-site Insight has bee moved to Tuesday, May 25 from 1-5 P.M. Join colleagues from the Japanese American National Museum and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience for a practical look at how to engage young people in discussion, debate and action around sensitive historical and contemporary issues. The program will include: a tour of the "Fighting for Democracy" exhibit, which focuses on seven ordinary citizens whose lives and communities were forever changed by World War II; participation in a dialogue program looking at stereotypes, designed for high school audiences; and discussion on strategies for implementing programs to encourage visitor action. Bus departs the Convention Center West Entrance at 12:45 P.M. and returns to the Convention Center at 5:00 P.M.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Japanese American National Museum Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Art as Social Action
Open to all Attendees
As global society continues to reach a series of social, political, and environmental impasses, it is increasingly the artist who is in the position to take the first steps on the road to breakthrough. What constitutes an artist's social responsibility? In what ways is art qualified to engage in direct political action? What should the museum's role be? Sponsored by The Museum Group

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 515B Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Beyond Boundaries: Contemplating Using Contract Registrars within the Museum
Open to all Attendees
This session addresses the challenges facing consultants and their museum clients as they work together to reach desired goals and results. Learn how contractors can sustain relationships with clients and the legal liabilities consultants face.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 503 Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Breathing New Life into History Interpretation
Open to all Attendees
Explore how historic sites and history museums are integrating interactive media, digital storytelling, mobile technologies and dynamic group simulations to provide engaging, personalized experiences for diverse 21st-century audiences.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 406 A/B Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Buyer's Guide to Shipping Art By Air
Open to all Attendees
Do you know what happens to your art when you are shipping by air? In this informative forum, Jeff Sitzlar of FedEx Custom Critical will explain the various shipping options available and the features of these services. Come prepared with your shipping questions.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 514 Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Digitization of Collections and the Internet
Open to all Attendees
This panel explores how museums can bridge the divide between their physical collections and what they offer in the form of digital collections. What collections data should be available online, how should it be accessed and what factors should be considered in the digitizing process?

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 403B Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Effectiveness of On-Site Visits and Off-Site Media on the Visitor Experience
Open to all Attendees
Three case studies provide evaluation results and advice on how to most effectively combine on-site and off-site experiences. Attendees will obtain specific information to help them better evaluate, understand and improve the combination of these experiences.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 502A Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

How to Manage Your Online Presence
Open to all Attendees
Worried about what can be found about you on Google? Want to make sure that the correct things are seen? This workshop will show you how to better manage Facebook privacy settings, make the most of LinkedIn and show you how you can influence what is shown in search engine results.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 405 Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Innovative Technology: Breaking down barriers between the physical and virtual museum experience
Open to all Attendees
Learn how multi-institutional collaborations and emerging technologies such as on-site interactive experiences, social media and website adaptation for mobile devices can help keep visitors connected.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 411 Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Movement and Sound in Museum Collections: Preserving and Providing Access to Audiovisual Materials
Open to all Attendees
Panelists will discuss care of, preservation of and improved access to audiovisual materials such as wax cylinders, film, magnetic tape and LPs.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 410 Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Museum Education 101: Program Development and Presentation
Open to all Attendees
Interested in creating and delivering exemplary educational programs that engage audiences of all ages at your museum? This "nuts and bolts"

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 501 A/B/C Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Museum Marketing Goes Social: Best Practices for Adding Social Media to Your Marketing Mix
Open to all Attendees
This session will demonstrate how to incorporate social media into your marketing and membership plans to build awareness, drive traffic and deepen relationships with your audience. A Q&A period will address implementation, ways to measure results, and how to staff and manage these campaigns.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 403A Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Nothing in life is free: Trends in Gallery Design to Avoid Reconfiguration Expenses
Open to all Attendees
Who wants to raise money for new casework, donor signage, adding IT infrastructure, or the labor required to move lighting and power when a new exhibit is installed? Learn from our projects at the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History, Liberty Science Center, Denver Museum of Nature and Science and others where new design concepts are making exhibition installation faster and less expensive.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 513 Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Organizational Skills Lab: Understanding Team Dynamics
Open to all Attendees
Are poor team dynamics affecting the operation of your institution, your bottom line and your audiences? Learn how you can build better teams by identifying dynamics that short-circuit team effectiveness, building trust, engaging in productive debate and prioritizing team goals over individual interests.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 404B Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Participatory Learning in the Art Museum: Three Museums, Three Models
Open to all Attendees
In an effort to attract and sustain broader audiences, art museums are slowly adopting more visitor-centered approaches to interpretation. Session participants will gain insight into the principles, processes, merits and challenges of creating more participatory learning experiences.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 511 A/B/C Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Successful Strategies for Sustainability in Uncertain Times: Learnings from MAP and Accreditation
Open to all Attendees
Drawing on experiences from the Museum Assessment Program , (MAP) and Accreditation site-visits, two experienced peer reviewers will offer tips and techniques from the field to enhance sustainability. Wide-ranging examples will include governance and planning, public programs, audience development and communications, and revenue generation strategies.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 502B Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Technology Tutorial - A Basic Primer on Video Production
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Learn the basic steps involved in producing a video, whether hiring a crew and an editor, or as a do-it-yourself project. Scripting, storyboards, lighting, locations, audio, cameras and editing systems will be discussed. Participants will get to shoot and edit footage and be eligible to win a new Flip Cam. In partnership with the AAM Public Relations and Marketing Committee (PRAM).

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 505 Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

The 22nd Annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition
Open to all Attendees
Exhibits that successfully integrate scholarship, audience engagement, design and programming directly communicate an institution's value to the public and allow visitors to explore new ideas. Winners of the 22nd Annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition share the inspiration for their award-winning exhibits and demonstrate best practices for integrated exhibit design and delivery.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 515A Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Think Like an EcoSystem--Collaborating Across Arts, Science, and Other Disciplines
Open to all Attendees
Learn how to collaborate across neighborhoods, disciplines and organizations, focusing on themes of climate change and sustainability while attracting new audiences, media attention and funding.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 407 Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

On-site Insight - Reinstalling the J. Paul Getty Museum's Permanent Collection Galleries
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Discover the newly installed galleries of sculpture, paintings, stained glass and decorative arts from about 1150-1600 at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, and learn how this re-installation marks a departure from the earlier typological arrangement. The new, thematic organization integrates objects from across the collection, includes interactive computers and highlights a recently acquired collection of stained glass. Representatives from the re-installation team (including a curator, an educator, a designer, a media developer and a conservator) will share their perspectives on the project. Event will include behind-the-scenes tours. Bus departs the Convention Center West Entrance at 1:15 P.M. and returns to the Convention Center at 4:00 P.M.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 4:00pm
J. Paul Getty Museum Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

A Collection Without Borders: What Would you Choose?
Open to all Attendees
In this game of selection and elimination, choose an object to represent humankind and defend it to a panel, exploring the possibility of creating a collection that transcends cultural, geographic and racial boundaries. What do our choices say about us and the future of museums in a transcultural world?

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 518 Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Artful Accessibility: Programming to Reach 1 in 6 Americans
Open to all Attendees
Candid roundtable discussions with audience representatives and art museum colleagues about creative solutions to programming for visitors with hearing, vision or cognitive impairments, as well as programming for ADA compliance.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 408A Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Beyond Boundaries in a Globalized World
Open to all Attendees
This double session is for global thinkers who want to move their museums beyond internal boundaries (such as discipline, gender, race and passivity) and beyond international boundaries toward more creativity and connectivity with the world. International museum planner Gail Dexter Lord will facilitate the panel.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 408B Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Engaging Diverse Donors: Developing Supportive Relationships with Latino, African American, and Asian American Communities
Open to all Attendees
Staff at all levels will learn how to reach out to ethnically diverse communities and develop strategies for engagement at their own institutions. Experts will share examples and tips on engaging Latino, African American and Asian American communities.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 409 A/B Los Angeles, CA

3:00pm

On-site Insight - A Visit to the Museum of Jurassic Technology
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
The Museum of Jurassic Technology in is an educational institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and the public appreciation of the Lower Jurassic. The museum serves dual functions. It provides the academic community with a specialized repository of relics and artifacts, with an emphasis on those that demonstrate unusual or curious technological qualities. The museum also serves the general public by providing the visitor a hands-on experience of "life in the Jurassic." A self-guided tour of the museum is followed by tea with Founding Director David Wilson in the Tula Tea Room. Bus departs the Convention Center West Entrance at 2:30 P.M. and returns to the Convention Center at 5:00 P.M.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Museum of Jurassic Technology Los Angeles, CA

3:30pm

Book Signing - Kim Fortney and Beverly Sheppard
Open to all Attendees
Signing An Alliance of Spirit: Museum and School Partnerships

Tuesday May 25, 2010 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center AAM Bookstore Los Angeles, CA

3:30pm

Idea Lounge: An Alliance of Spirit: Museum and School Partnerships
Open to all Attendees
The new publication from The AAM Press, An Alliance of Spirit: Museum and School Partnerships is being launched at the 2010 AAM annual meeting. Many of the authors of this edited work will be in attendance. This idea lounge is an opportunity to assemble this outstanding group of experienced museum education professionals to share their knowledge and expertise with attendees. Editors Kim Fortney and Beverly Sheppard will facilitate an informal discussion of the book's major themes, providing opportunities for both authors and attendees to share experiences and thoughts on the museum-school partnerships of the 21st century.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, AAM Bookstore Los Angeles, CA

3:30pm

Organizational Skills Lab: Mediating Conflict
Open to all Attendees
Do your employees have a hard time getting along? Do your departments engage in honest communication, or is what you experience "artificial harmony"? Learn to more effectively help your employees tackle conflicts, and how to use a simple form of managerial mediation in extreme instances.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 404B Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Barcoding and Radio Frequency IDentification for Collections Management
Open to all Attendees
Learn the basic guidelines for barcoding and RFID, increasing accuracy and reducing handling and time spent inventorying your collection. These methods can effectively and efficiently manage collections in a wide variety of institutions with varying degrees of funding.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 501 A/B/C Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Collecting, Ethics, and Patrimony
Open to all Attendees
Panelists will discuss the ethics of collecting material culture and representing indigenous peoples in national and international museums. The session emphasizes the role of indigenous peoples in interpreting their own cultures.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 403B Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Creating a High Impact Volunteer and/or Docent Program
Open to all Attendees
This session will demonstrate how to create and maintain an effective and efficient volunteer program with step-by-step formulas to streamline recruitment, volunteer and staff training, policies and procedures, retention and other aspects of a successful program.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 502B Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Crossing Cultures, Crossing Time: New Connections at England's Oldest Museum
Open to all Attendees
This session explores how the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, transformed its art and archaeology displays to create a cross-cultural narrative of connected human history. We will share the steps of thinking, creativity and delivery that can reinvent a museum, retell its story and put it at the forefront of cultural debate.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 410 Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Emerging Digital Trends in Museums
Open to all Attendees
This follow-up to the 2009 AAM conference session, "The Emerging Digital Museum,"

Tuesday May 25, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 515A Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Museum Architecture: Renovate, Adapt, or Build?
Open to all Attendees
Prominent architects with diverse museum design experience will discuss options for improving museum facilities, from renovation, to adaptive reuse of existing structures, to new construction. The session will provide a better understanding of the design process and offer tips for assessing institutional needs.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 406 A/B Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Pecha-Kucha: Redefining Cultural Programs and Outreach
Open to all Attendees
Art and culture organizations in Los Angeles are conceiving innovative public programming that cross disciplines, involve educational and curatorial departments, travel districts and neighborhoods to engage wider audiences and advocate creative thiking in our contemporary culture. Using Pecha-Kucha, a tradmarked format for dynamic and efficient audio/visual presentations, ten organizations will present recent boundry-breaking projects that demonstrate multi-lateral engagement within the museum and outward toward the community.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 515B Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Pedagogy Without Borders: Dewey, Freire, Malaguzzi and the 21st Century Museum
Open to all Attendees
This conversational session addresses the work of progressive education champion John Dewey, liberation pedagogy advocate Paulo Freire and Reggio Emilia school founder Loris Malaguzzi, and will focus on the application of theory to real-world outcomes with museum visitors. Participants will learn how these international ideas have influenced museums as institutions of education and social action.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 511 A/B/C Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Statewide Planning Can Help Preserve Collections/Plan for Disasters
Open to all Attendees
Three collections preservation projects provide insights on utilizing statewide planning to combine resources and build networks, develop emergency plans, and protect and preserve collections held by museums, libraries, archives and the general public.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 407 Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Technology Tutorial - The Essentials of Podcasting
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Podcasting. Everyone's talking about it and doing it, but how can you? Learn tips, tricks, tools and the essentials of podcasting. Discuss what makes a good podcast, record and edit audio, and learn how to make it available via third party channels such as iTunes. An extensive resource list will be made available to help you once you're back at home.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 505 Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Term Limits Will Save Your Sanity: Board Development for Small Museums
Open to all Attendees
Presenters will focus on concrete mechanisms-job descriptions, bylaws and recruitment-that can improve boards of small museums. They will provide basic information and specific examples for each area.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 411 Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership: 24 Arts, Science, and Cultural Institutions
Open to all Attendees
Multi-institutional administrative collaboration helps museums leverage resources, achieve sustainability and promote excellence in professional practice. Gain insights and ideas from cultural institutions working together in Balboa Park, San Diego, in pursuit of individual and collective goals.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 502A Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

The Situation Room: Learning from Peer Reviewers in the Trenches of Museum Practice
Open to all Attendees
Learn how Museum Assessment Program (MAP) surveyors worked to resolve a broad range of issues that they encountered during site visits, including legal/ethical collections concerns, finding relevance at a university museum, handling transitions/mergers and maximizing the small museum's impact. Pose your own scenario and/or successful solutions and obtain new strategic ideas to advance your institution.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 503 Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Tracking the Many-Headed Monster: Embedding Evaluation in Museum Networks
Open to all Attendees
This session will share insights on evaluating and growing museum networks, and will describe how innovations in evaluation supported professional development, administration and impact measurement for science museum and historic site networks.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 403A Los Angeles, CA

4:00pm

The Museum Group: A Conversation with Peter Sellars
Invitation Only

Tuesday May 25, 2010 4:00pm - 5:15pm
JW Marriott, Platinum Salon J Los Angeles, CA

4:15pm

Idea Lounge: Interns and Volunteers in Exhibition Development
Open to all Attendees
Join this informal conversation about how to identify and capitalize on the skills that interns and volunteers can bring to the exhibition development process and integrate them smoothly into staff teams.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Convention Center, 404A Los Angeles, CA

5:00pm

Mountain Plains Museums Association Board Meeting
Open to Committee Members Only

Tuesday May 25, 2010 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott, Platinum Salon F Los Angeles, CA

5:00pm

AAM Museum Accreditation Program Reception
Invitation Only
You've been through the journey, now celebrate the status! Join fellow accredited museums for some fun and relaxation

Tuesday May 25, 2010 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Westin Bonaventure, Santa Anita A & B Los Angeles, CA

5:00pm

International Coalition of Sites of Conscience Reception
Open to all Attendees
The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience invites members, friends and prospective members to share the work of this worldwide network of "Sites of Conscience" historic sites and museums dedicated to remembering past struggles for justice and addressing their contemporary legacies. The reception will feature international leaders in heritage and human rights, including directors of leading "Sites of Conscience" giving their perspective on the role of museums addressing global issues. RSVP to coalition@sitesofconscience.org if you plan to attend. Sponsored by AAM Diversity in Museums Committee (DIVCOM)

Tuesday May 25, 2010 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Westin Bonaventure, Beaudry A Los Angeles, CA

5:00pm

The University of the Arts and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Alumni and Membership Reception
Open to all Attendees
Please join us for food, drinks, and to catch-up with old friends or make new acquaintances

Tuesday May 25, 2010 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Westin Bonaventure, Santa Barbara A Los Angeles, CA

5:30pm

Bank Street College Open House
Open to all Attendees
Reception for graduates, students, friends, and those interested in learning about Bank Street's Leadership in Museum Education and Museum Education graduate programs.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Westin Bonaventure, San Gabriel C Los Angeles, CA

5:30pm

AAM Registrars Committee (RC-AAM) Book Signing for the New Museum Registration Methods 5th Edition
Open to all Attendees
Join your colleagues for a book signing and light refreshments honoring Rebecca A. Buck and Jean Allman Gilmore who once again have revised Museum Registration Methods. Known as the collection professional's Bible, this reference book is now the 5th edition of the much beloved publication first edited by Dorothy H. Dudley, Irma Bezold Wilkinson, and others. Be sure to buy your book ahead of time in the AAM Bookstore as books will not be sold at the signing.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Westin Bonaventure, Hollywood Ballroom Los Angeles, CA

5:30pm

Gallery Systems Users Reception
Invitation Only
Annual Users Group Meeting

Tuesday May 25, 2010 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Westin Bonaventure, Palos Verdes Los Angeles, CA

5:30pm

John F. Kennedy University Reception
Open to all Attendees
It's our 35th Anniversary! Join alumni, students, faculty and friends of John F. Kennedy University's Museums Studies Program for a moment of celebration and good cheer as we head into the future. All are welcome with a special invitation to members of the Western Museums Association.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Westin Bonaventure, Santa Anita C Los Angeles, CA

5:30pm

Seminar for Historical Administration (SHA) Reception
Open to all Attendees
This reception is open to alumni, friends, and all those interested in the program.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Westin Bonaventure, San Fernando Los Angeles, CA

5:30pm

Forecasting the Future of Museums Reception
Invitation Only
This reception jointly hosted the the Center for the Future of Museums and the California Association of Museums, follows a working session being held at the annual meeting to forecast the future of California's museums and to commemorate CAM's 30th anniversary. Session participants CAM and AAM's leadership and other invited guests will celebrate the collaborative project and honor the contributions of the forecasters. Sponsored in part by the James Irvine Foundation, The Ahmanson Foundation and the California Council for the Humanities.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Westin Bonaventure, San Gabriel B Los Angeles, CA

6:00pm

Smithsonian Affiliates Reception
Invitation Only
Smithsonian Affiliations together with local affiliate host the Japanese American National Museum invite the staff of Smithsonian Affiliates to network and learn about other Smithsonian Affiliates in Southern California.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Japanese American National Museum Los Angeles, CA

6:30pm

Dine and Dialogue: Audience Input: The Promise and Curse of the 'Wiki-Museum'
Open to all Attendees
Much has been said and done around museums following the "Web 2.0" model for user-generated content. Is it working? How is the museum model different from the Internet model? What are the pitfalls and challenges in contrast to the advantages? Join veteran exhibit designer and wine maker Jerry Eisterhold and Jessica Darke for an evening of discussion and dinner featuring wines from the Eisterhold cellars.

6:30pm

Dine and Dialogue: Checking Up on Yourself: A Success-Failure Matrix
Open to all Attendees
Join this informal dinner conversation to explore new ideas and practical tools to help you make sure you are achieving your goals in your institution. From attendance numbers to experiential outcomes, participants will learn from one another what's working and what's not. Stephen Weil's 2003 Museum News article, "A Success Failure Matrix for Museums" will be a key part of the conversation.

6:30pm

Dine and Dialogue: The Transformative Power of Art
Open to all Attendees
As museum professionals, we each have had moments when an artwork has elicited a deep emotional or intellectual response that changed forever how we see the world-perhaps even directed the course of our career. Join colleagues over dinner as we share our "aha" moments, or those that you have witnessed in others, and help us discuss how they can be become more intentionally nurtured and supported in the museum setting.

7:00pm

Sound and Vision - Art Party at Bergamot Station
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Live it up LA-style at the west-side's hottest spot for art-Bergamot Station-the home of the Santa Monica Museum of Art , (SMMoA), more than 30 galleries, and several architecture and design firms. Enjoy curator-led tours of SMMoA's exhibition "Andrew Lord, between my hands to water falling, selected works from 1990 to 2010" get your groove on to LA's best "art bands" comprised of many leading local artists, bounce between some of the most popular contemporary art galleries in Southern California and observe a lively Pecha Kucha. A re-purposed 19th-century train stop, this 8-acre indoor/outdoor venue will satisfy your senses for an exceptional LA experience. Includes complimentary bars and a variety of food options. Buses depart from the Convention Center West Entrance from 6:00 - 6:30 P.M. and return to host hotels from 9:30 - 10:00 P.M.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Bergamot Station Los Angeles, CA

7:30pm

Hammer Bash!
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Experience the vibrant Los Angeles art scene firsthand! The Hammer Museum invites you to join LA artists and AAM colleagues at a special AAM/Hammer Bash! The Hammer Museum is a unique, cutting-edge arts institution that connects the classics and the contemporary through its varied collections, wide-ranging exhibitions and provocative programs. Galleries will be open; heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served along with a complimentary wine and beer bar. The Hammer courtyard will be alive with music. Buses will depart from the Convention Center West Entrance from 6:15 - 6:30 P.M. and return to host hotels from 9:00 - 9:30 P.M.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Hammer Museum at UCLA Los Angeles, CA

7:30pm

An Avant Garde Centennial Celebration: Museum of Latin American Art
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Come join us for a multi-sensory evening viewing "Manchuria: Peripheral Vision," a solo exhibition of one of Mexico's pioneers of experimental and conceptual art, Felipe Ehrenberg, at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. Experience hip and contemporary Mexican music, cocktails and cuisine, followed by a performance by Felipe Ehrenberg and Guillermo Gomez Pena, "GF GF GF Intertwined/Entrecruzados." Enjoy the complimentary tequila bar, Mexican beer and heavy hors d'oeuvres as we celebrate Mexico's 100th anniversary of its revolution and 200th anniversary of its independence. MoLAA is the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American Art. Buses will depart from the Convention Center West Entrance from 6:15 - 6:45 P.M. and return to host hotels from 10:00 - 10:30 P.M.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Long Beach Museum of Latin American Art Los Angeles, CA

7:30pm

An Evening at the Aquarium of the Pacific: Where Art, Science, and Technology Connect People to the Ocean
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Come experience the Aquarium of the Pacific, which uses art, science, technology, poetry, dance and music to connect people to our ocean planet. Join us for a variety of interactive and behind-the-scenes experiences that bring you up close to our animals. Stroll through galleries featuring more than 11,000 animals in 50 exhibits, learn about ocean issues, and take part in mural painting, hula dance lessons, a poetry workshop and more. Buffet dinner with cash bar. Buses depart from the Convention Center West Entrance from 6:15 - 6:45 P.M. and return to host hotels from 10:00 - 10:30 P.M.

Tuesday May 25, 2010 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Long Beach Aquarium Los Angeles, CA
 
Wednesday, May 26
 

7:30am

Los Angeles/Houston Host Committee Orientation Meeting
Open to Committee Members Only

Wednesday May 26, 2010 7:30am - 8:30am
Convention Center, 510 Los Angeles, CA

8:00am

'Early Bird Special': How to Craft an Effective AAM Session Proposal
Open to all Attendees
What makes a great written session proposal and how does that translate into a dynamic session? Learn some basic tips and tricks using AAM Annual Meeting session proposal guidelines as a departure for activity and discussion.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 8:00am - 8:50am
Convention Center, 404A Los Angeles, CA

8:00am

Idea Lounge: Building a Volunteer Visitor Studies Programme with Limited Resources
Open to all Attendees
Few museums have full time staff conducting visitor studies and in the economic downturn, resources are more limited than ever. Hear examples of how one colleague turned two hands into many when creating a volunteer program to assist in conducting visitor studies. Share lessons learned and explore how you can apply this in your institution.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 8:00am - 8:50am
Convention Center, 404B Los Angeles, CA

8:00am

Public Speaking Workshop
Open to all Attendees
This workshop, led by members of the International Museum Theater Alliance (IMTAL), is for those who would like to be more effective communicators. Learn techniques and tips to help overcome some common pitfalls of public speaking.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 8:00am - 8:50am
Convention Center, 405 Los Angeles, CA

8:00am

AAM Registration, Ticket Exchange and Bookstore Open
Open to all Attendees

Wednesday May 26, 2010 8:00am - 3:30pm
Convention Center Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

'Unexhibitable? You Decide' (NOTE: DATE CHANGE)
Open to all Attendees
In a round-table decision-making game, your group will receive a packet describing "your museum,"

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 408A Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Advocacy Boot Camp
Open to all Attendees
This basic training session will cover the various forms of advocacy, the value of advocacy for your museum, and the easiest ways to get and stay involved.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 518 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Art on Campus: Guidelines and Policies for Internal Loans and Public Art Collections
Open to all Attendees
This session focuses on policies for the care of collections when they are exhibited outside the controlled environment of the museum, such as public art displays, loans to offices and other campus locations. It also addresses the role of university and college museums in the creation and care of non-museum owned campus art collections.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 515A Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Blurring the Border Between Learning and Doing: The Win-Win Value of Service Learning Programs in Museums
Open to all Attendees
Explore how service learning-a teaching and learning strategy integrating community service with instruction and reflection-blurs the boundary between "teaching about" and "teaching through" museum practice. A forum of university educators discusses their own experiences as well as perspective and opinions they've gathered from students and museum professionals involved in service learning projects. Overarching themes focus on institutional, individual and professional benefits gleaned, along with challenges faced during specific service learning programs in various types and sizes of museums.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 503 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Brand Longevity: Maintaining Brand Visual Identity Across Departments and Communication Channels
Open to all Attendees
Learn strategies for maintaining a strong brand identity as time progresses and your institution changes. Attendees should have some brand knowledge and are encouraged to bring sample brand collateral and share insights with colleagues.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 408B Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Collections Conundrums 2010: Current Issues
Open to all Attendees
The group will discuss how limitations of resources, energy and time create incomplete and unresolved collection management problems, and will suggest possible resolutions.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 501 A/B/C Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Connecting to Community: IMLS National Medals for Museum Service
Open to all Attendees
Three recent recipients of the IMLS National Medal for Museum Service will share the institutional strategies that allowed them to impact diverse audiences in life-changing ways.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 407 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Cultural Properties: Common Vulnerabilities, Threat Indicators and Protective Measures
Open to all Attendees
This presentation will address vulnerabilities common to all museums, potential indicators of terrorist surveillance and activity, and the protective measures that museums can implement. Find out about the free programs, resources and training that DHS offers to assist cultural properties in mitigating their risks.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 513 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Don't Just Survive: Thrive
Open to all Attendees
A panel of fundraising and financial professionals will discuss how decisions ranging from making cuts to building can determine your organization's course for the future. They will share views, cite examples and demonstrate different scenarios.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 515B Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Forecasting the Future of Museums: California as a Case Study
Open to all Attendees
This session provides a forecast for the museums of California, which faces challenges-increasing minority populations, water shortages, shifts in industry and finance-potentially affecting many areas of the country in coming decades. Sponsored by The James Irvine Foundation, The Ahmanson Foundation and the California Council for the Humanities.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 502B Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Idea Lounge: Engaging Audiences Through Affinity Groups
Open to all Attendees
Understanding audiences and changing demographic trends are two of the most relevant aspects to museum work. This session is designed to offer solutions and strategies on ways to use volunteer-directed affinity groups to effectively engage them as an audience first, and later as members and donors to the museum. If implemented, this model helps sessions attendees provide targeted activities, programs, services, etc. to various people in their local communities.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 404B Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Idea Lounge: Leveraging Your Regional Association to Boost Your Career
Open to all Attendees
Regional museum associations can play a unique and valuable role in career development for museum professionals. Join the executive directors of three of these regional associations to learn more about opportunities for career growth and development, boosting your resume, networking with peers and expanding referrals. Participants will take away ideas for getting more involved in the museum community and all-important leadership development opportunities.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 404A Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Inclusive Practice: Examining the Role of Organizational Dynamics in Serving Underrepresented Communities
Open to all Attendees
Case studies from various institutions illuminate how organizational practices influence efforts to include a broad range of audiences. The session examines the relationship between organizational culture and the conditions that promote development of more inclusive practices.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 409 A/B Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

International Standards for Collections Care
Open to all Attendees
Join us as we compare and contrast the standards for collections care around the world, identifying commonalities and exploring differences. Panelists will debate the need for international versus geographically defined standards.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 403B Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Measuring a Museum's Educational Impact: A Decade of Research
Open to all Attendees
This session will describe the California Science Center's decade of research, which determined that museums accomplish their mission and support lifelong learning. Find out what they did, what they found out and how these ideas can be applied to your own institution.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 511 A/B/C Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Multimodal Approaches: Diverse Doors Into Museums
Open to all Attendees
This session presents strategies for facilitating multimodal museum learning that is inclusive of everyone, including people with disabilties. Approaches include touch and tactile experiences, reenactment, sound and audio interpretations, drama, movement and verbal description.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 403A Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

On Affecting the Social Fabric of a Country: Case Studies from Guatemala and Saudi Arabia
Open to all Attendees
This session focuses on an exhibition from Guatemala and the planning for a Saudi Arabian cultural center, exploring the potential of cultural institutions to dramatically affect the cultural and social climate of an entire country.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 410 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Optimize Volunteer Interpreters to Personalize Visitors' Experience
Open to all Attendees
Research finds that visitors want a personalized experience, but many museums still train volunteer groups to conduct primarily guided, "no-choice"

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 502A Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Resume Writing Workshop for Emerging Professionals
Open to all Attendees
Gail valuable learning tips and strategies as you work on your own resume-be sure to bring one!

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 405 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

9:00am

Technology Tutorials - A Basic Primer on Video Production
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Learn the basic steps involved in producing a video, whether hiring a crew and an editor, or as a do-it-yourself project. Scripting, storyboards, lighting, locations, audio, cameras and editing systems will be discussed. Participants will get to shoot and edit footage and be eligible to win a new Flip Cam. In partnership with the AAM Public Relations and Marketing Committee (PRAM).

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 505 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

The Great Planetary Museum
Open to all Attendees
As museums become places for discussions, screenings, meals, and night-time gatherings, they reflect -and enhance-the global cities of the new millennium. Drawing on years of growing up and traveling between Europe, Asia, and the U.S., a lifelong wanderer and writer examines how museums can speak for and educate us in our new planetary community, helping to create global citizens.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:00am - 10:15am
Convention Center, 411 Los Angeles, CA

9:00am

Exhibitor Registration Open
Open to Exhibitors Only

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:00am - 2:00pm
Convention Center Los Angeles, CA

9:30am

On-site Insight - Journey to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Beyond
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena has led the world in exploring our solar system's known planets, except Pluto, with robotic spacecraft. Participants will learn JPL's historic role in planning, testing, launching and operating NASA missions as they visit the newly reimagined JPL visitor center. Also featured will be Mission Control where engineers contact remote spacecraft, the Clean Rooms where spacecraft are assembled and a test bed where rovers are put through their paces before being sent to Mars. Registration required by April 9. Bus departs the Convention Center West Entrance at 9:00 A.M. and returns to the Convention Center at 11:30 A.M.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:30am - 11:30am
Jet Propulsion Laboratory Los Angeles, CA

10:00am

MuseumExpo
Open to all Attendees

Wednesday May 26, 2010 10:00am - 2:00pm
Convention Center Los Angeles, CA

10:30am

On-site Insight - Audubon Nature Center in Los Angeles
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
The Audubon Center at Debs Park brings nature-based education to urban communities and is a vital part of Audubon's national outreach initiative to engage underserved audiences in conservation. Located in the third largest park in Los Angeles, the center was the nation's first certified LEED Platinum building, and is completely solar powered. Tour participants will learn about Audubon's strategy for engaging new constituencies and lessons learned about running a green building. Bus departs the Convention Center West Entrance at 10:10 A.M. and returns to the Convention Center at 11:30 A.M.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 10:30am - 11:30am
Audubon Nature Center at Debs Park Los Angeles, CA

10:30am

Resume Writing Workshop for Mid-career Professionals
Open to all Attendees
Gain valuable learning tips and strategies as you work on your own resume-be sure to bring one!

Wednesday May 26, 2010 10:30am - 11:45am
Convention Center, 405 Los Angeles, CA

10:30am

General Session - Amy Tan
Open to all Attendees
Born in the U.S. to immigrant parents from China, Amy Tan rejected her mother's expectations that she become a doctor and concert pianist. She chose to write fiction instead. Her novels are The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter and Saving Fish from Drowning, all New York Times bestsellers and the recipient of various awards. She is also the author of a memoir, The Opposite of Fate, and two children's books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 10:30am - 12:00pm
Convention Center Concourse Hall Los Angeles, CA

10:30am

Organizational Skills Lab: Strategic Thinking and Planning
Open to all Attendees
In an environment of increased competition, funding cuts and other pressures, strategic planning is a sound management tool. This exploratory workshop will help you identify the challenges to and benefits of closing the gap between strategic thinking, planning and execution.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 10:30am - 12:00pm
Convention Center, 404B Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

AAM Development and Membership (DAM) Committee Membership 101 Educational Luncheon
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
This educational luncheon is focused on developing and strengthing a museums membership program regardless of size and budget. For your convenience, a boxed lunch can be pre-ordered for you on your AAM registration form. No purchase is necessary to attend this meeting.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 1 Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

ICOM-US Business Meeting and Luncheon
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Featured Speaker: Dr. James Bradburne, Directtore Generale, Fondzaione Palazzo Stozzi

Wednesday May 26, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 3 Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

'A Day in the Life' Reality Roundtables
Open to all Attendees
Our popular "A Day in the Life" sessions come togther in a new roundtable format. get an intimate glimpse of various aspects of museum work and day-to-day challenges and triumphs through face-to-face discussions with practitioners in the field.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Convention Center, 408A Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

Career Cafe 'Blue Plate Specials'
Open to all Attendees
Join us for brief, bite-sized presentations/conversations on a range of career and management related topics. Each "blue plate" is 20 minutes, featuring a six-minute presentation (Pecha Kucha-style) followed by discussion. Bring your lunch and join us to learn more about a whole new way to deliver and recieve information in a short amount of time!

Wednesday May 26, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Convention Center, 404A Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

Personal Branding Workshop
Open to all Attendees
Improve your professional marketability with practical tips on how to persuasively and powerfully convey your personal brand through written, oral and visual communication.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Convention Center, 405 Los Angeles, CA

12:15pm

Professional Writing Workshop
Open to all Attendees
Effective written communication is a critical competitive advantage for everyone working in mususeums today. Do you have teh tools you need to write professional letters, memos, e-mails, reports, blog posts or full-length articles? Sharpen your writing skills, write with more confidence and persuasion, unlock writers' block and choose the right approach for different kinds of communication vehicles. Bring a piece you are currently writing-we will work together to help you shape it.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Convention Center, 404B Los Angeles, CA

12:30pm

Book Signing - Amy Tan
Open to all Attendees
Saving Fish from Drowning and other works

Wednesday May 26, 2010 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Convention Center AAM Bookstore Los Angeles, CA

12:30pm

Sites of Conscience: Dialogue Across Differences on Global Immigration Issues
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
At a time of rising concern over social exclusion, migration, xenophobia, and discrimination throughout the world, museums can play an integral role in public dialogue around immigration, addressing questions of citizenship, human rights and reconciliation. Drawing on program models from the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience's network this workshop will share current examples of civic engagement programs from the United States, South Africa, and Europe around today's global immigration issues and how museums have worked with diverse communities to develop their programs. Participants will experience model programs, role playing exercises and planning sessions to learn practical tools on designing and implementing dialogue programs including how to create experiences to hear visitor's perspectives around potentially sensitive issues. Sponsored by AAM Diversity in Museums Committee (DIVCOM). Buses depart from the Convention Center West Entrance at 12:15 P.M. Buses depart to the Convention Center at 5:30 P.M.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 12:30pm - 5:30pm
Japanese American National Museum Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Are The Best Things Online Free? Resources to Identify and Profile Prospects
Open to all Attendees
Learn from a prospect research expert which free or low-cost Internet sites are the most appropriate and valuable for researching your prospects. Also gain insights into identifying major gift prospects in your donor database.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 515B Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Beyond the Turnstile: Making the Case for Museums and Sustainable Values
Open to all Attendees
This forum will present value-based, qualitative indicators designed to liberate our ever-changing museum field from the dominance of metrics-based indicators.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 518 Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Bridging the Borders: Engaging Visitors in Global Issues Through Innovative Programming
Open to all Attendees
Participants will learn how different museums have integrated current global issues such as civil liberties, race, poverty and societal implications of scientific endeavors into innovative and socially relevant programs. We will discuss case studies and provide inspiration, practical tools and advice.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 407 Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Designing Museums as Making Movies: A Proposition to Modify Current Practices and to Promote New Roles
Open to all Attendees
In an analogy with movie production workflow, this panel introduces alternative viewpoints and methodolgies for museum planning and design that are centered on "story." We encourage collaborative design teams and promote the involvement of new professional figures.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 503 Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Developing Content for Technology Applications
Open to all Attendees
This session will present the outcomes of a 2009 Walker Art Center working group convened to develop content specifically for technology applications, and will provide examples of representative projects.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 406 A/B Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Generation O: Teens and Their Arts Organizations
Open to all Attendees
Learn how the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston created an opportunity for teens and educators to share their experiences and build a model for teen engagement in the arts outside of school. The ICA invited four organizations to attend a national meeting, Generation O, after seeing first-hand how contemporary art resonates with local teens.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 502B Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Living in a Material World
Open to all Attendees
Panelists will discuss principles and practices for identifying the safest and most archivally stable locally available materials for use in collections care. Information provided can guide the evaluation of plastics, papers, inks, textiles, wood, metals, support materials and lighting.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 403B Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Organizational Skills Lab: Evaluating and Coaching Employees
Open to all Attendees
Writing performance evaluations and coaching employees through performance problems are among the most challenging aspects of any manager's job. This workshop will give supervisors and managers valuable information about legal and other aspects of the performance evaluation process and coaching and terminating employees.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 404B Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Organizational Skills Lab: Understanding the Three Dimensions of Your Board
Open to all Attendees
Engage board members in more meaningful ways by understanding not only their fiduciary role, but also how they can be generative and strategic in order to engender enthusiasm for the organization and enjoy their board experience. Learn how to foster and support the individual and collective effectiveness of board members; how to recruit, orient and retain them; and, how to keep them informed, committed, and dynamic.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 405 Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

So Many Crates, So Little Space'
Open to all Attendees
Do you spend countless hours trying to determine how many trucks are needed for your tour or do you feel helpless when the truck is onsite? During this session we will walk you through developing a load plan, organizing the crates for loading and how to secure them inside the vehicle. This session is a must for anyone involved with traveling exhibits. McCollister's Transportation booth 1103

Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 513 Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Technology Tutorial - Got Friends? Social Media for Museums
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Social media platforms, such as mobile-friendly Twitter and Facebook, are today's global "town square" and their use has been embraced by cultural institutions. Large or small, all organizations have a level playing field with these easy-to-use, free tools. Learn how to plan, implement, and evaluate your use of Twitter and Facebook effectively.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 505 Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

The Completely Virtual Exhibition: What is Gained, What is Lost?
Open to all Attendees
Two cutting-edge, completely virtual exhibitions illustrate the pros and cons of such exhibitions and criteria that distinguish them from other online experiences. Explore how virtual exhibitions might help accomplish your museum's mission, and whether this is the right Internet tool for you.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 408B Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

The Power of Native Media to Transform Communities: The Role of a Museum
Open to all Attendees
The panel focuses on the work of the National Museum of the American Indian's Film and Video Center, demonstrating the engagement fostered by showcasing works and media makers from indigenous Latin America at diverse U.S. venues.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 411 Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Three Transformations: The Role of Audience and Community in Redefining Three Museums
Open to all Attendees
This session will explore how audience-driven programming can make museums more relevant and sustainable over the long term, focusing on significant and successful transformations at Conner Prairie, Brucemore and Museum L-A. Each transformation was driven by a clear focus on how best to serve the museum's audiences and community, creating vibrant, interesting and completely different results.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 410 Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Watch those watts: Sustainable & Green Practices for Lighting & AV Systems in Museum Exhibition
Open to all Attendees
Attendees will learn what they need to develop sensible energy conservation policies for exhibit lighting and AV/media, exploring how to best employ new techniques, light sources and hardware.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 511 A/B/C Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

What We Do Best: Re-Visiting the Role of Informal Learning in Museums
Open to all Attendees
This session challenges us to think more widely about how we describe and advocate for the learning power of museums, making the case for informal and formal education as complementary and equally significant in the development of K-12 students.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Convention Center, 515A Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

On-site Insight - Illuminating Gems: Display Strategies for Cameos and Intaglios
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Small objects are difficult to display effectively. Curators, conservators, designers and preparators collaborated to devise innovative solutions to the challenges of lighting and showcasing exquisite but minute cameos and intaglios in the exhibition "Carvers and Collectors: The Lasting Allure of Ancient Gems," which was on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa from March to August 2009. A video-magnification system helped visitors see and appreciate the fine detail in the objects. This behind-the-scenes program will be followed by a visit to the villa's conservation studios. Bus departs the Convention Center West Entrance at 1:00 P.M. and returns to the Convention Center at 4:00 P.M.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Getty Villa Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

CineMuse Digital Cinema Showcase
Open to all Attendees
This showcase will present a selection of the finest digital high-definition programs available for distribution to museums and related venues. Come and experience breathtaking scenery and compelling storytelling that will delight museum audiences of all ages, and enrich your theater and interpretive programs.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:00pm - 4:45pm
Convention Center, 514 Los Angeles, CA

2:00pm

Exhibitor Move-Out
Open to Exhibitors Only

Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Convention Center Los Angeles, CA

3:30pm

Idea Lounge: Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Transforming Your Organization
Open to all Attendees
Join this informal discussion about how Appreciative Inquiry can help you transform your organization through a positive, appreciate approach based on the best of your organization and what you want more of for your museum. Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is an organizational development process or philosophy that enages individuals within an organizational system in its renewal. change and focused performance.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Convention Center, 405 Los Angeles, CA

3:30pm

The new generation of Museum Guides: iPhone, Android and more
Open to all Attendees
Join us as we discuss how you can engage a broad spectrum of audiences using familiar mobile technologies and social media to establish a meaningful connection with your visitors. We'll share results and insights from our recent quantitative study on what visitors want and expect from handheld museum guides. We'll introduce our cost-effective and innovative tour application that meets the type of experience visitors have come to expect from Web 2.0 and its companion CMS that allows museums to take control of the cycle of creating tours.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Convention Center, 513 Los Angeles, CA

3:30pm

AAM Council of Regional Associations Meeting
Open to Committee Members Only

Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:30pm - 5:00pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 6 Los Angeles, CA

3:30pm

Organizational Skills Lab: Working with Consultants
Open to all Attendees
Consultants can help your institution in a variety of ways. Join museum professionals from The Museum Group (TMG) in a lively discussion about the benefits and challenges of working with outside experts.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 404B Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

AAM Registrars Committee (RC) Roundtable of Ideas
Open to all Attendees
Does the name "Registrars Committee" represent you and your responsibilities? Join your colleagues in a faciilitated session to discuss whether the name is all encompassing and inclusive.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
JW Marriott, Diamond Salon 2 Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Art Museum Installation Design: Three Ways
Open to all Attendees
Staff from the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Art Gallery of Ontario reveal lessons learned from recent teamwork during re-installation of permanent collection galleries, developing new solutions to engage and connect with a broader audience.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 501 A/B/C Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Beyond the Shiny Object: Mission-Driven Museum Technology Development
Open to all Attendees
Leading museum technologists will share their unique development processes for implementing technology in intuitive, mission-driven, metaphorical and distributed ways across institutions. Attendees will leave with executable strategies for integrating technology more holistically into institutional goals and projects.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 502A Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Collaborative Museum Partnerships in Collections Stewardship
Open to all Attendees
Panelists discuss the processes, challenges and successes in building partnerships between large and small museums focusing on the collections care of Native American cultural materials.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 407 Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Creating Effective Visitor Experience Teams
Open to all Attendees
See how three museums have approached improving their visitor experience and gather specific tools you can use with your team.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 408A Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

How Various Museum Types May Attract Under-Represented Market Segments
Open to all Attendees
This session focuses on practical ideas for various museum types seeking to reach beyond core audiences to under-represented market segments.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 518 Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Learning from the Media: Encouraging Wonder and Discovery Among Children and Families
Open to all Attendees
What can museums learn from popular media? Panelists will discuss the first alternate reality game hosted by a museum. A children's exhibition inspired by "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" and research bridging media and developmental psychology. Robert Ben Garant co-writer of "Night at the Museum" will share his perspective on creating engaging content for children.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 511 A/B/C Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Preventive Conservation and Collections Management
Open to all Attendees
Panelists will highlight ways institutions with limited funding can affordably improve collections storage environmental conditions, thereby cost-effectively improving their long-term collections care.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 403B Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Student Exhibitions at Museums: Engaging Students as Artists, Curators, and Programmers
Open to all Attendees
What's the impact on K-12 students, their teachers, families and community when the students become the featured artists, curators and programmers in museum exhibitions? Four museum educators will share models of student participation in exhibitions with examples of student art, research data and practical steps.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 406 A/B Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Synchronicity-Blurring Boundaries Through Interdisciplinary Collaborations in Opera, Music, and Visual Arts
Open to all Attendees
Educators from the LA Opera, Santa Monica Museum of Art and Getty Museum will discuss developing coordinated programs, identifying opportunities, sharing ideas and resources, and getting buy-in from administrators and members. The collaborative programs increase audiences rather than compete for them as the different art forms shed light on each other.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 409 A/B Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Technology Tutorial - Tools and Tips for Real-Time Online Interaction
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Explore a range of tools available for real-time online interaction. From one-on-one exchanges with your site's visitors, to drop-in office hours or more formal gallery talks and educational programming, gain a hands-on look at tools that extend access to your museum's audiences in real time online. Also, learn some tips and best practices for incorporating live online text, and audio and video interaction into the way your museum interfaces with an extended community.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 505 Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Telling the 'Tough Stuff'
Open to all Attendees
Professionals from museums in Alaska, Hawaii, and Massachusetts will share how they addressed difficult topics such as native stereotyping, sovereignty, the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom and contemporary whaling. Panelists will discuss approaches, challenges, successes, and public relations and marketing implications.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 408B Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

The Risky Business of Audience Development: Three Institutions' Innovative Approaches
Open to all Attendees
This session on building new and diverse audiences will present three case studies that incorporate new research related to demographics, marketing and museology.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 503 Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Transformations in Cultural and Experiential Learning
Open to all Attendees
This session will explore transformations in museum learning and communication that are supported by Web-based learning resources. Key points will include the role of the museum website as a platform for information exchange by teachers, and as a learning environment that creates opportunities for deeper learning by contextualizing and interrelating objects.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 411 Los Angeles, CA

3:45pm

Visual to Verbal: Museums and Language Acquisition
Open to all Attendees
Changing demographics require museums to reconsider their role and the relevancy of their programming. This session will focus on two museum programs that use art objects as a catalyst to develop new language skills and expose visitors to different world cultures and experiences, using art to bridge the verbal through the visual.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Convention Center, 410 Los Angeles, CA

6:30pm

Dine and Dialogue: Screens, Screens, Screens: Scourge or Boon to Museums and Society at Large?
Open to all Attendees
You can't get away from them anymore-they're everywhere. Screens large and small are taking over our society, our homes, our very landscape. Should we be concerned, or should we welcome the opportunity and change this will bring? Join veteran exhibit designer and wine maker Jerry Esiterhold and Carole Hollman for an evening of discussion and dinner featuring wines from the Eisterhold cellars.

6:30pm

Dine and Dialogue: History for Hipsters: Engaging Young Professionals at History Museums and Historic Sites
Open to all Attendees
Hipsters. Young Professionals. Slacktivists. These are just a few of the terms used to describe 20- and 30-Somethings. History museums and historic sites often struggle to engage this audience. How can history museums and historic sites mediate their sometimes sensitive or exclusive content when creating programming that both appeals and is relevant to this audience? Join this informal dinner conversation to discuss why we should devote limited resources to this end, what lessons can be learned from the innovative practices of art and science museums, and what role junior boards or young professionals groups can play in institutions.

6:30pm

Dine and Dialogue: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Conversations in Arts and Culture
Open to all Attendees
It's both the best and worst of times for the museum field. Join this thought dinner conversation about the challenges we face in the the world of arts and culture, and what might be ahead.

6:30pm

Dine and Dialogue: The Personal Side of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
Open to all Attendees
The public story of NAGPRA is largely composed of official correspondence, notices, and inventories. But the unofficial and informal story is far richer - stories of the many strong relationships that have developed between museums and tribes, and between individual museum professionals and Native people. Join this dinner conversation to gain a broader persepctive on NAGPRA processes and see these experiences as opportunites for collaboration and shared positive outcomes.

7:00pm

Art, Culture and Mammoths- Miracle Mile
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Art and science have long made the best of bedfellows... and tonight is no different! The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) and the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits invite you to take a stroll through Los Angeles' famed Museum Row. A progressive night that includes a cash bar, light hors d'oeuvres, dessert and coffee; all three museums will be open to explore. View LACMA's permanent collection as well as special exhibitions "Art of the Pacific", "Contemporary Projects 12: Robin Rhode," and "Myths, Legends, Fables, and Cultural Renewal"; watch paleontologists working on fossils in the Fishbowl Lab inside the Page Museum and visit the live excavation of "Project 23: New Discoveries at Rancho La Brea" outside; view both "Some Assembly Required: Race, Gender, Culture" and work by Los Angeles artist Aaron Kramer at the Craft and Folk Art Museum. Buses depart from the Convention Center West Entrance from 6:30 - 7:00 P.M. and return to host hotels from 9:30 - 10:00 P.M.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Los Angeles, CA

7:00pm

Make Your Mark: Museum of Tolerance
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Get MOTivated at the Museum of Tolerance (MOT)-the only museum of its kind in the world! Experience unique, high-tech, interactive exhibits like the "Point-of-View Diner" and the "Millennium Machine"; engage in contemporary issues, local and global; be inspired by personal testimony of tragedy and triumph; explore stories of courage; and celebrate your own histories, mentors and heroes. Savor foods and flavors from around the world, including hors d'oeuvres and complimentary wine and beverages, while enjoying a musical fusion from Klezmer to Mariachi. Buses depart from the Convention Center West Entrance from 6:30 - 7:00 P.M. and return to host hotels from 9:30 - 10:00 P.M.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Museum of Tolerance Los Angeles, CA

7:00pm

One-Night World Tour - Fowler Museum at UCLA
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Mingle in the Fowler Museum at UCLA's beautiful courtyard, enjoy international food and drink, and experience one of the country's top museums of world arts, exploring everything from time-honored practices to the cutting edge of contemporary art. Catch the final days of "Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth," the traveling exhibition of fantastical, mixed-media "soundsuits" that New York Times art critic Roberta Smith says "fall squarely under the heading of Must Be Seen to Be Believed." Tour "Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives," the Fowler's innovative installation of highlights from its acclaimed permanent collection of art from Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas. Visit "ART, ACTIVISM, ACCESS: 40 Years of Ethnic Studies at UCLA," showcasing the efforts and archives of the campus's ethnic studies departments. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, complimentary wine and soda, and dessert.Buses depart from the Convention Center West Entrance from 6:15 - 6:45 P.M. and return to host hotels from 9:30 - 10:00 P.M.

Wednesday May 26, 2010 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Fowler Museum at UCLA Los Angeles, CA