On-site Insights: Experience Houston’s Cultural Venues Firsthand

AAM 2011 Annual Meeting attendees – are you interested in an up-close and personal look at some of Houston’s finest cultural venues? If so, register now for one of AAM’s 25 On-Site Insights. These unique sessions offer experiential learning opportunities and behind-the-scenes insights. Attendance is limited so reserve your spot now!  Tickets are $15, are available only through the online registration and must be purchased by April 15.

If you are interested in how technology can be better utilized at your institution, check out Do-it-Yourself Digital Cinema at The Health Museum and the On Air: Simple, Low-Cost Methods for Producing Compelling Videos at the Children’s Museum of Houston. These sessions were scheduled back to back on the afternoon of Sunday, May 22, just in case folks were interested in attending both. Since the museums are next door to one another, you can just walk over to the next session. And, while you are there, be sure to congratulate the Children’s Museum , which was recently voted the number one children’s museum in the country by Parent’s Magazine! Very exciting!

Those fascinated with preservation and conservation, consider the Orange Show’s Folk Art Conservation: The Beer Can House and the Houston Arts Alliance’s civic art tour Out in the Open: The City of Houston’s Art Collection and learn about the challenges of managing exposure to the elements. The Buffalo Bayou Partnership and Architecture Center Houston are teaming up to present a Buffalo Bayou Walking Tour to explore preservation efforts along the bayou and nearby architecture. Lastly, check out the Houston Zoo’s session for tips on engaging audiences with conservation efforts.

Since Houston has such a collaborative spirit, many of our cultural institutions are teaming up to present their On-Site Insights. Neighboring organizations – the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and the Lawndale Art Center– offer Engaging Audiences and Artists through Residency Programs. Houston Center for Photography and the Aurora Picture Show are both located on The Menil campus, so naturally they paired up to offer joint educational programming.  The Julia Ideson Library, the African American Library at The Gregory School, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston are teaming up to share innovative archival storage systems and green building technologies in the special series Behind the Walls: Learning Innovative Archival Storage Systems.  

History buffs won’t want to miss history related session at Rienzi, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (where they are doing forensic facial reconstruction on the body of a former Buffalo Soldier!), Museum of Printing History, George Ranch Historical Park and the National Museum of Funeral History.

Check out the advanced program for the full line-up of exciting On-Site Insights.

We look forward to seeing you there!

–Danielle Stephens,
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and
AAM 2011 On-Site Insights Co-Coordinator

–Ashley Clemmer-Hoffman,
Project Row Houses and
AAM 2011 On-Site Insights Co-Coordinator

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