Regional Open Meetings


Mountain Plains:

Join your Mountain Plains State Representatives for a lively, bi-monthly virtual meeting!

Jun 9, 2022 02:00 PM MST
Aug 11, 2022 02:00 PM MST
Oct 13, 2022 02:00 PM MST

Chat with other museum professionals and students at academic museums and galleries about how your institutions are addressing the urgent questions asked by #AAMG2022. All members are welcome!  


Midwest Museum Cypher: A Student Engagement Freestyle Session

Monday, May 23, 3pm EST

Monica M. Scott – Manager of Community Engagement and Programs + student presenter

Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at the University of Illinois

Erik L. Peterson, Manager of Student Engagement and Family Programming + student presenter

Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago

Break the code of your student engagement conundrums in this freestyle session where we’ll each bring our experiences and ideas to the circle. In hip hop, a cypher is a circle where rappers gather to test new rhymes and battle with wordplay. The social aspect of rapping together creates fertile ground for new ideas—raps and rhymes come to the artists in surprising and unexpected ways, even for them. With ideas germinating in real time, we hope this museum cypher allows everyone to walk away with some fun, experimental, and unexpected ideas for ways your museum can be more responsive, nimble, and flexible with your student engagement initiatives. 

Session Format

Students are critical stakeholders in our universities, so we are collecting bricks to build a house of academic museum student engagement! During this one hour guided “open-mic,” we aim to build a set of typologies of how academic museums work with students. Student workers from the Smart Museum of Art and the Spurlock Museum will briefly share their experiences. Utilizing an object-based learning style, with student engagement the object of our fascination, the remainder of the session engages attendees in a freestyle dialogue around the question: Where do your museum’s student initiatives fall on a chart mapping academic and social engagement?