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MAA 2020 Online Conference  

Museum Collaborations: Synergies at Work



      Monday, October 19

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.          
Keynote: Now More Than Ever
We have known for some time that the way to be more efficient and effective, and scale and diversify our audiences, requires collaboration. Now more than ever we must change our working practices and business models to reach our goals. Join this keynote presentation to gain insight into building more collaborative partnerships, creating efficiencies and reduced expenses with shared service models, and evolving more functional and successful departmental or institutional teams.
Nik Honeysett, Balboa Park Online Collaborative

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Virtual Networking Lunch: Getting to Know MAA and Each Other

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.              
Local Museum Networks Roundtable 
Hear how museums work together, both on special projects, like docent training and holiday sales, and for ongoing local networking
Tyson, Robinson, Mayo Clinic - Central Arizona Museum Association
Olivia Miller, University of Arizona Art Museum and Diane Dittemore, Arizona State Museum - Tucson Association of Museums
Berlin Loa, University of Arizona - Pinal County Museum Meet-up
Cochise County Loose Group
Sue Lanker, Desert Botanical Garden - Docent Exchange
Janeen Trevillyan, Sedona Heritage Museum - Verde Valley Museum Group
Gary Owens, Jr., Huhugam-Ki - Southern Tribal Museum Directors Group
Karole Finkelstein, Colorado River Historical Society - Tri-State Museum Coalition
Michelle Reid, Museum-Pros - Partner Museum Program

       Tuesday, October 20

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.          
Making Sense of Unprovenanced Collections
Large collections with little or no context pose major issues to museums.   Whether already in the institution or newly offered as donations, they can take up valuable storage space without offering either research or exhibit value.  A group of collections professionals will offer their perspectives on how to approach these materials.
Emily Early, Arizona Museum of Natural History
Melanie Deer, Arizona Museum of Natural History
Lindsey Vogel-Teeter, Pueblo Grande Museum
Todd Pitezel, Arizona State Museum

Larry Benallie, Jr., Gila River Indian Community

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Virtual Networking Lunch: Advocacy with special guest Joseph Benesh, Arizona Citizens for the Arts

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.              
COVID-19 Success Stories
Although the pandemic's effect on Arizona museums is still unfolding, many museums have found innovative ways to continue serving their communities and fulfilling their missions, with online programs and shops, limited visitation, and even fund-raising.
Janeen Trevillyan, Sedona Heritage Museum
Kayla Kolar, HD South: Home of the Gilbert Historical Museum
Stephanie Mahan, Arizona Capitol Museum
Ann-Mary Lutzick, Old Trails Museum

NOTE: The session on Sustainability will be re-scheduled as a stand-alone program at a later time.   It will be provided free-of-charge to all Online Conference registrants.   

       Wednesday, October 28

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.          
Developing STEM Partnerships
How do you develop science programming without an in-house expert?   From national programs to state-wide festivals to individual museum collaborations, here are some ways to bring STEM to your community.
Amy C. Oliver, Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory
Brooke Wheeler, Bureau of Land Management (Project Archaeology)
Jeannie Colton, ASU School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Tiffani Egnor, Chandler Museum
Jeremy Barenbue, Arizona SciTech Institute

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Virtual Networking Lunch Topic: TBA

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.              
Community Collaborations
Museums work with their communities by involving individual members, ad hoc groups, or through more formalized agreements.   Hear how three museum used these different approaches to create exhibits and programming that resulted in richer, more inclusive collaborations.
Christine Brindza, Tucson Museum of Art and Heritage Block
Marianna Pegno, Tucson Museum of Art and Heritage Block
Lisa Falk, Arizona State Museum
Sacha Siskonen, Pioneer Museum

    Thursday, October 29

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.          
Museum Archives Project Roundtable
Many museums hold archival materials, including documents of historic value, but have difficulty knowing how to process and store them.   This session will continue the discussion begun at the 2020 Arizona Archives Summit to identify the needs of these museums, create a communication network, and develop training programs.

Berlin Loa, School of Information, University of Arizona
Mariel Watt, University of Arizona
Melissa Lawton, Museum of Northern Arizona

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
MAA Professional Recognition Awards

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.              
Social Media: Getting Everyone on the Same Page
This session will focus on the challenges and importance of working collaborative within your museum to create an institutional social media policy.   Presentations will include an overview of social media for museums as well as setting policy in museums large and small.
Amy C. Oliver, Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory
Jennifer Shaffer Merry, Arizona Heritage Center
Marilyn Murphy, Arizona Heritage Center
Jewel Clark, Heard Museum

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Halloween Party
Join us for an early celebration, including a Costume Parade, prizes and games. 

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