Another AAM first in Houston in 2011 – a Public Session Track!

New for AAM this year is a series of programs intended to appeal to our museums public audiences – those who serve as board members, subject matter experts and collaborators; those who frequent our museums, support our missions and are intrigued by how we do what we do.

 This is a great opportunity for all of us to help the community benefit from the AAM presence in Houston this year – please help to get the word out to the public on these great learning opportunities!

Tell your members, tell your staffs, tell your volunteers, tell your partners, tell your board members and trustees (especially about the Governance Best Practices session! It’s up to us to get them there!), tell your friends and family. We need a good turn out so that we can set the stage for a successful public program at AAM Annual Meetings to come!

 Here is a quick summary of the sessions we’ve prepared:

Committed to Collections – Ever wondered how museums choose, collect, preserve and present such a fascinating array of objects? Come take a peek behind the curtain at the amazingly complex and sophisticated work done to manage the heart of collections-based institutions.

Sunday, May 22   |     2:45 – 4 pm     |   George R. Brown Convention Center

Why Museums Matter: An Open Discussion for Parents and Caregivers – The world of education is rapidly changing, and museums are moving to strengthen their already important role in fostering lifelong learning and discovery. Take away new insights to ensure that your learners get the most from their museum experience.

Sunday, May 22   |     3:30 – 4:45 pm     |   Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Governance Best Practices for the Museum of Tomorrow – Any museum is only as strong as its board – that group of committed volunteers that guide the institution into the future. Participate in a panel discussion designed to provide you with ideas to help strengthen your ability to participate in excellent museum governance.

Sunday, May 22   |  4:15 – 5:30 pm   |  George R. Brown Convention Center

 Museums Need You: Partnering to Enhance and Enliven Our Community – Bring your brown bag lunch and explore the many ways you can get involved with Houston’s large and growing museum community. From docent to donor, our museums need you!

Tuesday, May 24    |    11:45 am – 1 pm    |   George R. Brown Convention Center

These sessions do not require conference registration, and public attendance is strongly encouraged! For more details on times, locations and information about the great presenters lined up for these sessions, click here.   I hope to see you there!

–Jon Iszard, President and CEO, The Health Museum;
Co-Chair of the AAM 2011 PR & Marketing Subcommittee

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