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Lunch Bites

Lunch Bites is a series of monthly virtual networking events celebrating projects, programs and events from Arizona museums.

July 22 (12:00-1:00 p.m.) Land and People: Bringing Elementary School Students and Native Artists Together
Nicole Armstrong-Best, Executive Director of the Pueblo Grand Museum, will talk about their workshops pairing the Mercury Mine Prospectors, a group of Phoenix K-6 students, and four O'Odham artists.
PowerPoint slides

August 19 (12:00-1:00 p.m.) Cemetery Tours: Beyond Ghosts
Hear from three local history museums - Sedona Heritage Museum, Tempe History Museum and Mesa History Museum - about the cemetery walks they created, what they did, what worked, and what didn't.
What You Can Learn From a Cemetery by Amy Douglas

September 20 (12:00-1:00 p.m.) Cancelled

October 18 (12:00-1:00 p.m.) (General Conversation on exhibit installation)

November 15 (12:00-1:00 p.m.) Exhibits on a Shoestring 
Michelle Reid of MuseumPros will share how to mount professional displays on limited time, scarce resources, and small budgets. Examples of exhibit hacks will include creative ways to use eBay, Amazon, and Displays2Go, as well as 101 uses for foamcore! 
YouTube recording:    
PowerPoint slides

December 20 (12:00-1:00 p.m.) The Five Senses
In 2014, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art organized an exhibition called “The Five Senses.” It was a simple premise, 5 senses, 5 works of art, but behind the scenes couriers, conservators, curators and a determined registrar worked behind-the-scenes to pull it together. It included loans from major museums and private foundations comprising box fans, delicate computer and sound technology, horse stall mats, spices, and 7000 oranges.   Pat Evans, who was Registrar at SMoCA, now the Registrar at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West, will talk about how it all worked.
YouTube recording: 
PowerPoint slides

January 17, 2023 (12:00-1:00 p.m.)  Young Curators of Lake Havasu
The Young Curators of Havasu is a 6-week place-based learning program by Lake Havasu Museum of History that aims to build professional communication, invoke key problem-solving tactics, and develop a sense of self-efficacy in the youth of Lake Havasu City. Using both weekly in person sessions and online learning modules, this dual model allows participants between the ages of 14-16 to explore the realm of museum science and learn the history of their community all while fostering vital career readiness skills in a modern facet.  Jillian Usher, Executive Director of the Lake Havasu Museum of History, and Michelle Gough, Learning Designer and Educational Technology Developer for the Young Curators of Havasu program, will share how they developed the program and the great successes they have experienced so far.
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February 21, 2023, (12:00 -1:00 p.m.)  JEDAI: Enlightening the Darkside
Diversity training is not new to many of us as it is a Human Resources compliance requirement.   Erika Way, Park Manager with Arizona State Parks and Trails will explain how JEDAI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Accessibility, Inclusivity) expands the traditional concepts of diversity and cultural compliance into a much more broad and inclusive conversation for the modern world.
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March 21, 2023 (12:00-1:00 p.m.) What Did Women DO in Early Arizona, and How Do We Know?
In this presentation, Jennifer Shaffer Merry will discuss the Women and Children project at the Pioneer Military and Memorial Park. In 2020, the Pioneers' Cemetery Association (PCA) received a grant from Arizona Humanities to work on the stories of the women and children buried in Phoenix's oldest cemetery. To celebrate the 100th year of (some) Women's Suffrage, PCA committees researched and wrote about notable women buried, and the preservation team restored many of the headstones for women/children that were missing or broken. Due to the pandemic that ensued, the work was completed, but very little press was given to it. We are excited to talk about some of the women that helped to make Phoenix what it is today.
YouTube recording: 
Understanding Cemetery Symbols: A Field Guide for Historic Graveyards by Tui Snider
Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography by Douglas Keister

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