The first couple months of 2012 have been pretty quiet, with a fair amount of finishing up reports and grant-writing, both of which keep me pretty close to my messy desk. But starting next week, I'll be out and about much more. So this post is an open offer--if you have a project you're interested in starting and want someone to bounce ideas off, if you want a little career advice, or if you want to chew over what the museum field is right now and what it might be, below are some places and times where I'd be happy to sit down over a cup of coffee (on me, even!) and chat. And of course, you can always find me here.
A colleague gently nudged me last fall telling me that I wasn't very good in this blog at telling people what I actually do--and encouraged tell readers that I actually work for organizations, in addition to writing the blog. What might I work with you on? Projects that are about shaping compelling narratives in either an exhibition or historic site; developing new skills; and listening to communities through prototyping, community conversations or other activities that connect your organization with the diverse communities you work in. I like experimentation and like working with museums and historic sites that are ready to change things up, to try something new (and I like to have fun).
So, if you're contemplating that leap into the new and want to talk about it, here's where you can find me in person:
February 27-28, Indianapolis, IN, facilitating a train-the-trainer session for AASLH's StEPs program.
March 5-6, Regina and Swift Current, Saskatchewan, facilitating a workshop on exhibit development for the Museums Association of Saskatchewan
March 8-9, New York City—so what exhibits should I make sure to see?
March 12, Long Island, facilitating a workshop for the Long Island Museum Association
March 16-20, Washington, DC, for a meeting at AAM and lots of museum-going. Again, what should I not miss?
April 22-24, at the Museums in Conversation conference, Albany, NY doing a session on career planning with colleagues Anne Ackerson, Marianne Bez, Gwen Spicer, and Christopher Clarke
April 28-May 2 at the AAM meeting in Minneapolis participating in a session on memorials and memorial museums and one on career planning.