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May 17, 2020

AAM 2020 - Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo


The future is already here, it’s just unequally distributed–often it washes California’s shores before sweeping across the rest of America.

While some parts of the United States are struggling in the post-industrial economy, the San Francisco Bay Area has thrived, building new wealth on IT & software, social & digital media, life sciences & biotech, environmental & green technology, professional services and international business.

But this success comes with a cost, and the Bay Area is struggling with challenges facing many other cities: gentrification, affordable housing, adequate public transportation, and soaring wealth inequality. Government, private industry and the nonprofit sector are working together to find ways to build a just, equitable and prosperous future for the whole community. What can San Francisco’s experiments teach us about how to create an economically strong, environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive community?

Join us in San Francisco to envision how the world will be better because of the work museums do in coming decades. In this future, museums will ally with other sectors to address intractable social and economic problems–who will we work with, and how? The people who benefit from the work of museums will reflect the diversity of the communities museums serve. What will it take to make that aspiration come true? And on this journey through time, we will explore the challenges that will face museums along the way. Who will visit museums and what kind of experience will they expect? What financial models will museums use to sustain their work? How will philanthropy become more equitable and inclusive?

Hindsight is 2020, so journey with us to the future to look back on the many paths museums will take to achieve success.

This year, Kathleen Brown and Joy Bailey-Bryant will be participating 3 sessions during AAM Annual Meeting:

Strategic Planning - Considering your Community

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2020  |  11:00AM - 12:00PM

Moderator: Joy Bailey-Bryant

Presenters: Stephanie Wilchfort, Klaudio Rodriguez

Learning Objectives

  • Through this session participants will be able to demonstrate the importance of community consultation, before, during and after a planning process.
  • Participants will be able to describe methods of community engagement and define processes that can be used toward successful relationship building with their communities.
  • Participants will learn how to define their communities, and conduct superior community engagement, empowered by this enhanced definition.

3 models for bridging wellness and museums

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2020  |  11:00AM - 12:00PM

Moderator: Kathleen Brown

Presenters: Maria Mortati, Victoria Coats, Jean Hershner

Learn Objectives:

  • Formulate techniques for creating interactives in health and wellness spaces. These will span logistical, fundraising, and experiential.
  • Propose new ways for their institution to align its mission towards the support of regional health and wellness sites and illustrate the potential impact for their constituents.
  • Sketch a plan for developing health-related exhibits in collaboration with vetted outside experts. Learn about creating robust experiences as well as understanding funding requirements.

finding your inner-bigness

sunday, MAY 17, 2020  |  1:00pm - 4:00PM  |  location: museum of the african diaspora