Museum Association of Arizona


2013 Annual Conference

May 1-4, 2013

Tucson AZ

Keeping Our Balance:

Innovation and Tradition


Thursday, May 2


8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.


Professional Network Roundtables

Join your colleagues in a roundtable discussion of current issues in the field and make plans for continuing the conversation after the Conference.

A-1 Registrars and Collections Managers

A-2 Volunteer Managers

A-3 Small Museum Directors

A-4 Educators


2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


B-1 Archival Collaborations For Everyone

Archivists in Arizona have been developing a variety of collaborative projects designed not only to share information between repositories, but also to make it more broadly available to their colleagues in other professions and the general public. Learn about these projects -- including Arizona Archives Online, Arizona Memory Project and the Arizona Matrix -- and how your collections can be a part of them.

Libby Coyner Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

Jonathan Pringle Northern Arizona University

Todd Welch Northern Arizona University


B-2 Striking a Balance Between Security and Available Resources

Even as museum resources continue to shrink through budget cuts, reduced staff and hiring freezes, the challenges of protecting collections continue to grow because of heightened fears and escalated threats. This session, presented by a nationally recognized authority on the protection of cultural institutions will provide reasonable, practical and cost-effect steps to improve a museum’s security.

Stevan Layne International Foundation for Cultural Property


B-3 Collections in Motion: Adventures in Building Closures and Offsite Storage

Closing a museum or storage repository does not necessarily mean the end of collections use. The experiences of two archives and two museums show how this can be done, providing practical steps and tools for planning, lessons learned and the importance of understanding collections transfers as a collaborative fluid process.

Linda Whitaker Arizona Historical Society

Susan Irwin Arizona Historical Society

Connie McMillin West Valley Art Museum

Jody Crago Chandler Museum


B-4 Native American Collections: The Indigenous Perspective

This session will provide special insight into the challenges of caring for and using Native American collections, focusing on the role that these collections play in tribal museums. The importance of community relationships and services to these institutions provide an alternative model for collections care and management that have implications for the future of all museums.

Moderator: Michael Reinschmidt Tohono O’odham Nation Culture Center and Museum

Panelists: Elaine Peters Ak-Chin Him-Dak Eco-museum

Herbert Stevens San Carlos Apache Cultural Center

Bernard Siquieros Tohono O’odham Nation Culture Center and Museum

Rosemary Tona-Aguirre Pascua Yaqui Museum and Cultural Center


3:45 p.m to 5:15 p.m.


C-1 80th Anniversary of the New Deal in Arizona: Hiding in Plain Sight

Where and how did the New Deal work programs affect Arizonans? Some of the projects have become national landmarks – like Hoover Dam and the trails and amenities of the Grand Canyon  . But the New Deal is also a part of many local parks, forests service ranger stations, and local art projects, all hiding in plain sight. This session will show how organizations and communities can work together to re-discover these lesser known projects and tell the important story of Arizona during the Great Depression.

JJ Lamb Vail Preservation Society

Robin Pinto University of Arizona


C-2 Scope of Collections

Museums are sometimes referred to as their community’s “attic”, but indiscriminate collecting can overwhelm your organization’s resources and obliterate its mission. Using materials created by the American Association of State and Local History’s StEPs Program, this session will provide “how” and “why” creating a Scope of Collections statement can serve as guide for present and future collecting.

Janice Klein EightSixSix Consulting

Ann-Mary Lutzick Old Trails Museum


C-3 Innovative and Traditional Approaches to Repatriation

 Almost 25 years after the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) museums continue to work with Native American tribes to return collections for appropriate use or reburial. This session will look at two NAGPRA-related projects that required extensive use of a range of collections documentation and archival materials, and the systems that were developed to keep the process thorough, transparent and efficient. Discussant   Thomas Wilson will help us look at some of the far-reaching effects NAGPRA may have on access and use of these documentary materials.

Jennifer Glennon Museum of Northern Arizona

Melissa VanOtterloo Museum of Northern Arizona

Anna Berg Museum of Northern Arizona

John McClelland Arizona State Museum

Nicole Mathwich Arizona State Museum

Discussant:   Thomas Wilson Arizona Museum of Natural History


C-4 Conservation Assessment Surveys: Are They For You?

Hear from a conservator, a preservation architect, and two museums that have participated in the Heritage Preservation’s Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) about how they prepared for the surveys, what happened during the process and how it affected museum operations. While the focus will be on museums in historic structures, this session will be of interest to any organization considering a CAP survey.

Robert Graham Motley Design Group

Nancy Odegaard Arizona State Museum

Lindsey Vogel Rosson House


Friday, May 2


8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.


D-1 Tech Talk: Enhancing Your Website

A multitude of “bells and whistles” exist for updating your on-line presence. How do you decide which ones to use -- and not break your budget? This session will show you how and why to add some specific functions -- like Quick Response (QR) codes, .pdf files and video -- to your website without spending a lot of money.

Sharon Moore Heard Museum

Lennee Eller Phoenix Airport Museum

Sheila Kollasch Phoenix Airport Museum

Gary Martelli Phoenix Airport Museum

Michael Whitehurst Phoenix Airport Museum


D-2 Tech Talk: Finding Your Way Inside and Out: Geographical Information Systems and Museums

Relatively new to the museum world, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) provide ways of visualizing and interpreting data to reveal relationships, patterns, and trends. In this session presenters will show how GIS can be used as a collections management tool, to provide insights about the museum as a whole, and to explore the relationship of the museum to other sites in the landscape.

Stephen Reichardt Arizona State University

Veronica Nixon Desert Botanical Garden

Rick Karl AZSITES, Arizona State Museum


D-3 Tech Talk: Social Media 101

Designed to demystify the use of Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Pinterest, and Google+ in museums, this session will lead participants through an exploration and exercises related to the use of these social media and present ideas on how they can be used as a tool for audience engagement, which moves beyond museum trivia, announcements and basic marketing.

Marilyn Sklar Independent Museum Professional, Museum Education and Marketing Specialist.

Kristy Van Hoven National EMS Museum

Annie Larkin Bisbee Mining and Historical  Museum

Nik Honeysett J. Paul Getty Museum

Participants are encouraged to bring Internet-ready devices with them to the session. Links will be sent one month prior to the session for participants to explore platforms and suggestions for preparations, which will make for a richer discussion.


D-4 Tech Talk: The “Smart” Museum

Androids, Blackberries, iPhones and iPads are now commonplace in every part of our lives, but how are these “smart” devices being used in museums? This session will describe several different applications of this new hardware to collections management, exhibits and programming.

Leila Kelly Arizona State University

Jody Crago Chandler Museum

Morgan WellsTucson Museum of Art


9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.


E-1 Plenary Session: Balancing Innovation and Tradition in Museum Education

To what extent should museums follow trends in the use of technology in education -- like the Smithsonian Institution’s use of “badges” for the completion of on-line activities -- and how much should they continue to focus on the social interaction of objects and people in “real life”? Join what promises to be a lively discussion about exactly what it means to be a museum.

Jody Crago Chandler Museum

Marcus Monenerkit Heard Museum

Joe Abodeely Arizona Military Museum


11:15 a.m. to 12:00 noon


Poster Sessions     


2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


F-1 Building Public Value Through Advocacy

Through the presentation of practical tools and templates for advocacy, you will become familiar with the data and statistics that build the argument for public value and support for museums, learn communication skills that further their cause, and build an individual case for the public good that their museum provides. Also included are examples of how a small rural organization works as an advocate on issues beyond funding for the arts and humanities.

Robert Booker Arizona Commission on the Arts

Carrie Gustafson Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum


F-2 Museums (Memory + Creativity) = Social Change

This year’s International Museum Day theme focuses on the dual role of museums as places for the preservation of a community’s heritage (memory) and centers of innovation (creativity). Using this theme as a starting point, presenters will share meaningful ways in which museums engage their communities, ranging from the participatory model of Pop-Up Museums to their role as “safe havens” for the discussion of difficult issues.

Sherri Starkey Arizona State University

Victoria Sargent Arizona State University

Janice Klein EightSixSix Consulting

James Burns Desert Caballeros Western Museum

Amy Douglass Tempe History Museum


F-3 Evaluation: Before, During and After

Listening to your visitors can provide powerful information to help plan exhibits and programming and to increase your audience. Even small projects can yield big results. Following an overview of the subject by a leading expert in the field, examples will be provided of front-end (before) formative (during) and summative (after) evaluations that any museum can do.

Richard Toon Arizona State University

Terance LaNier II Arizona State University

Alexandra Rudolph Arizona State University


F-4 Collections Stewardship: Policies, Plans and Procedures for Small Museums – Part 1

Collections policies, plans and procedures are critical in fulfilling any sized museum’s commitment to preservation. In the first of this two-part session, attendees will learn the purpose, function and components of a collections management policy and be provided with examples and tools specific for small museums.

Kara West Balboa Art Conservation Center

You may attend either or both parts of this session.


3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.


G-1 Collections Stewardship: Policies, Plans and Procedures for Small Museums – Part 2

Collections policies, plans and procedures are critical in fulfilling any sized museum’s commitment to preservation. The second of this two-part session will focus on the importance and usefulness of collections management procedures and the process necessary to develop a conservation/preservation plan.

Kara West Balboa Art Conservation Center

You may attend either or both parts of this session


G-2 Publishing Your Museum

What does it take to get your museum in print? Presenters will provide first-hand advice on publishing a variety of materials - including photographic collections, oral histories and exhibits – from selection through the editing process to distributing the finished product.

Jim Turner Roads Scholar, Arizona Humanities Council

Donna Reiner Rosson House Heritage Square Foundation Guild Board

Nate Meyers Chandler Museum


G-3 Image for the Future: Arizona Museum for Youth’s Branding Experience

Over the past few years the Arizona Museum for Youth (AMY) has conducted a series of internal and external reviews to examine its “brand”, how it represents itself and is perceived by its community. Join the museum’s director and two of the consultants who were involved with the project to hear how the decision to create a new image was made, the process AMY underwent and how it is expected to influence the future of the museum.

Sunnee O’Rork Arizona Museum for Youth

John Willie  Creative Engine
Steve Carr Kur Carr Group
Latonya Jordan-Smith
Arizona Museum for Youth

G-4 Collaborations that Make a Difference: Through the Eyes of the Eagle: Illustrating Healthy Living

Inviting in-depth community collaboration to address critical issues through exhibitions and programming create a win-win for both museums and the community. This case study, which ad­dressed health, culture and history from a Native perspective, created a richer story, more engaging presentations, easier fund-raising and a broader impact.

Lisa Falk  Arizona State Museum  

Terrol Dew Johnson  Tohono O’odham Community Action

Annamarie Schaecher  Arizona State Museum  

Rachel Paz Rivera  Arizona State Museum


Saturday, May 4


9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon


H-1 Thinking Outside of the Building

Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson

Enjoy the beautiful Tucson Botanical Gardens while learning about four innovative programs that combine history, science and the arts with outdoor locations.

Pam Levin Desert Botanical Garden

Kate Navarro Desert Botanical Garden

Diana Hadley Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace

Julie Lauterbach-Colby Poetry Center

Christine Hoekenga Tucson Botanical Gardens

Juliet Niehaus Tucson Botanical Gardens


H-2 80th Anniversary of the New Deal: Roundtable and Walking Tour

Arizona Historical Society, 949 E. 2nd Street, Tucson

Continue the discussion of the New Deal in Arizona, with museum professionals who will discuss the challenges and rewards of interpreting the New Deal at their sites, followed by a walking tour of New Deal structures on the University of Arizona Campus.

JJ Lamb Vail Historical Preservation Society


H-3 Balancing Education and Curation in the Art Museum

University of Arizona Museum of Art, 1031 Olive Rd Tucson

Interpreting art for the adult visitor draws on the extensive skills and knowledge of both the museum educator and the academically trained art curator. This session will look at several examples of how these professionals can work together to create adult-oriented gallery and outreach programs, as well as innovative docent training.

Rory Schmitt Arizona State University

Michelle Nicols Dock Tempe Center for the Arts

Mary Erickson Arizona State University

Peggy Moroney Tempe Center for the Arts

Lauren Rabb University of Arizona Museum of Art

Olivia Miller University of Arizona Museum of Art



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