American Association of Museums Annual Meeting in Baltimore, AAM has embarked on an innovative process of session development. If you haven't taken a look yet, head on over and do so. Until August 24, session proposals are open for comment by colleagues. Some sessions seem fully developed, others are looking for presenters, and still others seem very much in t the idea stage. This gives you a great chance to comment on how proposals could be stronger, on approaches you find useful (or not so much), and if you're thinking of attending the conference, a chance to share your own expertise.
I'm involved in several proposals and we'd love your feedback on all of them. Rainey Tisdale and I, as part of our Museums & Creative practice project have two on the docket. First, we're proposing a session in which we share our own learning in this process. As our proposal, Building a Creative Culture at Your Museum says, "We’ve sought input from colleagues across the field at every step of this project, so it seems appropriate to spend some time at the AAM conference sharing the final results with you. During this session, we’ll start by outlining the most critical things we’ve learned about museums and creativity. Then we’ll run through the most important first steps participants can take as soon as they return home to start building a creative culture at their museum."
My colleagues Tricia Edwards of the Lemelson Center for Innovation and Invention at the National Museum of American History and Eugene Chervony, this year a Fulbright Scholar at George Washington University and I have developed a session that looks at the ways in which ideas and museum practice can be adapted cross-culturally, based on our very different experiences in Ukraine.
Leading by Design, for a fast-paced session, Strategize Me, on assessing and developing your own career path. Last year's session was standing room only with great audience participation--we promise fun and fast-paced.
So head on over to the AAM website (whether or not you plan on attending the conference) and share your feedback. How can we make our sessions more meaningful and useful to you? I'm intrigued by a wide range of sessions--Unintentional Lessons from Visitor Surveys; Grow or Die: Is Expansion the Best (or only) Strategy; Making the Case for Bricks and Mortar Museums in a Digital Age; and Cats and Dogs Living Together. Got a session idea yourself? It's not too late!