I'm so pleased to be joining an incredible cohort of colleagues as Social Media Journalists for the American Alliance of Museums upcoming annual meeting in New Orleans, May 17-23. We'll be blanketing the conference from start to finish, dawn to dusk, sharing out impressions, connections, ideas and more. In particular, I'll be covering the Getty International Fellows and trying to take a look at global perspectives. Of course, checking out sessions from members of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.
Here are just a few of the other sessions I'm particularly looking forward to:
- Decolonizing Development, on the ways to rethink both inclusive staff environments and donor outreach.
- Mistakes were Made--don't miss your chance to hear--and share--big career mistakes--and have a great time along the way.
- Connecting the Dots: A Game Show for Museum Professionals, with Kathy McLean as game show host!
- Kimberly Drew's Keynote. If you don't follow @museummammy you should. It will be great to hear from her in person.
- Labs, Salons and Experiments for Creative Museum Change
- Partnering with the Community to Create Collaborative Socially Engaged Exhibitions, where both staff and community members from the Newcomb Art Museum share their learnings from a collaborative project.
- Is that Hung White? Getting Real about Diversity in Exhibitions--a great group of colleagues dive into something rarely explored.
- Is Rapid Response Collecting a Trend or the New Sustainable Standard for Collections? hearing from staff at the Brooklyn Children's Museum
I'll also be doing a stint as a volunteer in the Museums and Race Lounge on Wednesday morning, from 8;30-10:30 AM.
Here are my fellow SMJs--you can follow all of us using the hashtags #AAMSMJ and #AAM2019
- Janeen Bryant, Empathetic Museum
- Hannah Hethmon, H. Hethmon Consulting
- Matthew Ramirez, Minneapolis Institute of Art
- Angela Gala, MuseAlley
- Amanda Figueroa, National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Carla Galfano, American University Museum
- Linda Norris, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
- Saleem Penny, Chicago Children's Museum
- Ravon Ruffin, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Mark Schlemmer, New-York Historical Society|
- Lanae Spruce, National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Helen Yuen, American Visionary Art Museum
Plus, I've never been to New Orleans, so there's sure to be some food and architecture in the mix. You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter as @lindabnorris; and if you see me at the conference, be sure to say hi.
See you in New Orleans!