Past Webinars

Thursday, February 11, 2021, 4pm EST

Open Forum: Staying on Track: The Work of Academic Museums in the Time of COVID-19

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Managing our jobs and staying focused on goals for our institutions is challenging when current affairs can be both a source for derailment as well as a source of inspiration. Please join us for this third in a series of open forums for academic museum practitioners jointly sponsored by the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG), Northeast region, and the New England Association of Museums (NEMA) professional affinity gathering for college and university museums.

Forum co-hosts:

Carey Weber, Frank and Clara Meditz Executive Director, Fairfield University Art Museum, Fairfield University, Connecticut state representative, AAMG

Deborah Disston, Director, McIninch Art Gallery, Southern New Hampshire University, PAG Coordinator for College and University Museums, NEMA

This event was presented by AAMG in partnership with NEMA.

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Wednesday, December 16, 3 PM EST

Focusing on Wellness and Equity with Caroline Randall Williams

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Museums celebrate, preserve, and catalogue the human condition, its history, its accomplishments and its art. And it follows then that we must be concerned with the people behind these museum worthy artifacts, their ways of being, their wellness, their lived experiences.  Wellness and equity are intrinsically bound. Systems and organizations cannot be fully well if they are not fully equitable. It is the happy privilege of this talk to be able to frame this conversation within the museum world.

About the presenter:Caroline Randall Williams is a multi-genre writer, educator, performance artist in Nashville Tennessee, where she is a Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University. She is co-author of the NAACP Image Award-winning cookbook Soul Food Love. Her debut collection of poetry, Lucy Negro, Redux has been turned into a ballet by the Nashville Ballet — Caroline performed her poetry as an integral member of the cast, all set to an original score by multiple time grammy nominee Rhiannon Giddens. Named by Southern Living as “One of the 50 People changing the South,” the Cave Canem fellow has been published and featured in multiple journals, essay collections and news outlets, including The Iowa Review, The Massachusetts Review, CherryBombe, Garden and Gun, Essence and the New York Times. Most recently, she was ranked by The Root as one of the 100 most influential African Americans of 2020.

Special thanks to the Kress Foundation for their generous support in this series.

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Thursday, November 19, 3 PM EST

Emergent Paradigms in Higher Education in Times of Disruption

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Higher education is undergoing a series of seismic shifts as colleges and universities respond to the challenges posed by this tumultuous period of disruption.  Rather than returning to the “old” normal, higher educational institutions must respond decisively to the fault-lines of inequality and access that have widened and seize new opportunities if they are to thrive.  Academic museums face special financial and operational challenges as they adapt and respond to today’s health crisis, economic crisis, and long overdue reckoning with race.  In this webinar, Audrey Williams June, news-data manager for the Chronicle of Higher Education, presents higher education insights and trends, and Steven Mintz, Professor of History and education innovator at the University of Texas at Austin, discusses how we might reimagine higher education post coronavirus and proposes principles to guide this transformation that emphasize equity, outreach, and intra-institutional collaboration.

Join AAMG president, Kristina L. Durocher, AAMG Secretary, Natalie Marsh and fellow AAMG colleagues for this thought-provoking webinar. The 60 minute presentation will be followed by 30 minutes moderated Q&A. Discuss with colleagues how academic museums can adopt strategies to support our parent institutions post-pandemic and contribute to an accessible, innovative, and sustainable future. 

About the presenters:

Audrey Williams June is the news-data manager at The Chronicle. She explores and analyzes data sets, databases, and records to uncover higher-education trends, insights, and stories. She has built several areas of expertise since arriving at The Chronicle, in 2001, including the academic job market, faculty pay, and efforts to diversify the faculty. Before coming to The Chronicle, Audrey was a business reporter for The Charlotte Observer, in North Carolina. While there, she wrote about the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur and the city’s banking industry. She has also worked for The Telegraph, in Macon, Ga., as an environmental reporter. Audrey earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in economics at Florida A&M University. When she’s not wrangling data, you’ll find her browsing the stacks at her local public library. (Well, I’m not browsing the stacks much now because of the pandemic, but normally that’s the case.)

A pioneer in the application of new technologies to teaching and research and an award-winning teacher and author, Steven Mintz is a Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. A leading authority on families, childhood, and the life course, he is the prizewinning author and editor of 15 books, and previously served as Senior Advisor to the President of Hunter College for Student Success, spearheaded educational innovation initiatives for the University of Texas System, and directed Columbia University’s teaching center. A regular contributor to Inside Higher Ed, his innovation projects have received more than $15 million in grants from the Gates Foundation, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Special thanks to the Kress Foundation for their generous support in this series.

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Thursday, November 5, 3:30-4:30PM
OPEN FORUM
Virtual Exhibitions and Programs at Academic Museum in the Time of COVID-19

Click below to view the recording of this webinar. Below you will also find links to the chat and any corresponding group notes from participants.

Chat from 11.5.2020 Webinar

Group 15 Notes for AAMG webinar 11.5.20

As follow-up to the September open forum on the mission of academic museums during COVID-19, this open forum will allow participants to share and explore new or revised exhibition and programming practices as the pandemic continues. We will explore the extent to which our museums have chosen to pivot to online exhibitions and programs and identify the risks and benefits. What have you learned about your institution that might impact your approach to exhibitions, programs, funding, and how you work in the future? How are academic museums innovating around these challenges, and what can we learn from the current moment to promote greater and more equitable museum access, participation, and collaboration in the future?

This open forum was jointly sponsored by the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG), Northeast region, and the New England Association of Museums (NEMA) professional affinity gathering for college and university museums.

Forum co-hosts:

Carey Weber, Frank and Clara Meditz Executive Director, Fairfield University Art Museum, Fairfield University, Connecticut state representative, AAMG

Deborah Disston, Director, McIninch Art Gallery, Southern New Hampshire University, PAG Coordinator for College and University Museums, NEMA

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Thursday, October 22, 2020  2-3 pm ET
Innovative Asks with benefits from the CARES act and charitable trusts

Click below to view the recording of this webinar. Below you will also find links to the white paper and presentation discussed throughout the webinar.

Art Pledge Program_3-White Paper discussed

AAMG Webinar – CCS Slides FINAL.10.22.20-Presentation discussed

2020 will undoubtedly go down as a year of unprecedented challenge.  Many academic museums are facing budget reductions as their colleges and universities struggle with the economic fallout of COVID 19.  In some cases, hours and staff have been reduced and opportunities for event revenue and sponsorships have been curtailed.  Nevertheless academic museums continue to be integral to the educational experience on their campuses and in their communities.  And now more than ever, trustees, board members and alumni want to know about how institutions are managing during the pandemic, and need to know about ways to help sustain them in these uncertain times.  The CARES act which passed in March of this year (and remains in effect through the end of December) provides charitable giving incentives for museum donors that may support year-end giving (and will hopefully be renewed in a future economic relief package.)  Planned giving can also be a great source of institutional support for donors who can’t make an immediate commitment.

Join us for presentations and conversation with four experts in the areas of fundraising and outreach, trustee relationships, art philanthropy and charitable giving.

Miriam E. Droller, Managing Director, CCS Fundraising

Martin Gammon, President, Pergamon Art Group providing art valuation and advisory services

Anne Lampe, CEO, Museum Trustee Association

John Sare, Attorney in the Tax-exempt Organizations practice and the Trusts and Estates group, and Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

The panel’s 30-40 minutes of presentations (approx. 8 minutes per speaker) will be followed by 30 minutes moderated Q&A.

Thank you to the Kress Foundation for their generous support in making this webinar possible!

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AAMG Open Forums (colleague chats)
The Mission of the Academic Museum in the Time of COVID-19
Tuesday, September 22, 3:30-4:30PM

While many colleges and universities begin providing online, hybrid, and in-person instruction this fall, academic museums are challenged to deliver core services to campus and community amid current and anticipated budget restrictions and upholding public health safety measures. How are academic museums innovating around these challenges, and what can we learn from the current moment to promote greater and more equitable museum access, participation, and collaboration in the future?

This open forum is jointly sponsored by the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG), Northeast region, and the New England Association of Museums (NEMA) professional affinity gathering for college and university museums.

Forum co-hosts:

Carey Weber, Frank and Clara Meditz Executive Director, Fairfield University Art Museum, Fairfield University, Connecticut state representative, AAMG

Deborah Disston, Director, McIninch Art Gallery, Southern New Hampshire University, PAG Coordinator for College and University Museums, NEMA

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Reopening the Academic Museum Amidst COVID-19

Click here to access the recording of the June 9, 2020, webinar.

Click here to access the chat from the June 9, 2020, webinar.

Click here to access shared reopening documents from various institutions.

This panel took place on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at 2pm eastern time.

How do we negotiate reopening when many of us are the “front door” to our colleges and universities? AAMG members in various stages of reopening their spaces will discuss their plans, protocols, challenges, and opportunities for staying in line with college and university missions, and keeping visitors and staff of our spaces as safe as possible in getting back to work. We anticipate this session to be a forum for discussion and a space to work through some of these issues many of us are currently facing in reopening our own spaces. Whatever stage your space is in, we welcome you to join in on the conversation.

Speakers included:

  • Craig Hadley, Executive Director and Chief Curator
    • Dennos Museum Center
    • Northwestern Michigan College
    • AAMG Treasurer
  • Katie Lee-Koven, Executive Director and Chief Curator
    • Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art
    • Utah State University
    • AAMG VP – State and Regional Representatives
  • Tricia Miller, Head Registrar
    • Georgia Museum of Art
    • University of Georgia
  • Dr. Lesley Wright, Director
    • Grinnell College Museum of Art
    • AAMG State Representative (Iowa)

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Creative Solutions to Student Exhibitions in light of COVID-19

Click here to access the PowerPoint utilized during the March 27, 2020, webinar.

Click here to access the recording of the March 27, 2020, webinar.

This panel took place on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 3pm eastern time on a topic that is critical to so many of our academic museum and gallery operations during the spring semester: How is your institution responding to student exhibitions and graduation requirements in light of COVID-19? Panelists for this webinar were as follows:   Jamaal B. Sheats Director and Curator of Galleries
Assistant Professor of Art Fisk University Student Engagement, AAMG At-Large Committee ______ Gabriel Harrison Galleries & Exhibitions Manager Department of Art & Art History Stanford University AAMG California State Representative ______ Alexandra Chamberlain Gallery Director and Instructor Department of Art & Design Indiana State University VP Communications, AAMG Executive Committee ______ Moderated by: Craig Hadley Executive Director Dennos Museum Center Northwestern Michigan College Treasurer, AAMG Executive Committee ____________________________________

AAMG Panel Discussion Around Issues Related to COVID-19, took place on March 18, 2020

Click here to access the PowerPoint utilized during the March 18, 2020, webinar with links to other resources.

This AAMG remote panel discussion centered around issues related to COVID-19 and academic museums and galleries. The panelists responded to questions submitted in advance in response to the question:

“What is the most important issue on your mind in relation to your institution and COVID-19?”

The panel took place on March 18, 4pm EST. The speakers were:

  • Jill Deupi
    Beaux Arts Director and Chief Curator
    Lowe Art Museum
    University of Miami
  • Tracy Fitzpatrick
    Director
    Neuberger Museum of Art
    Purchase College, SUNY
  • Elizabeth Merritt,
    Vice President, Strategic Foresight & Founding Director, Center for the
    Future of Museums
    American Alliance of Museums
  • Denise Young
    Director
    Bell Museum of Natural History
    University of Minnesota