AAMG Webinar Series in Response to COVID-19

Upcoming Webinars:

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

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.

Click here or copy and paste the following to register for this webinar:


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


Past Webinars:

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

You must register in advance for forum. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


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
    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
    Bell Museum of Natural History
    University of Minnesota


Creative Solutions to Student Exhibitions in light of COVID-19

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
Reopening the Academic Museum Amidst COVID-19

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)