Learning Laboratory and Community Center: Positioning the Academic Museum for Success
University of Minnesota | Conference Dates: June 27-30, 2019
Welcome AAMG members and guests to the University of Minnesota! Beginning on Thursday, June 27, and continuing through Sunday, June 30, 2019, members and friends of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries are gathering here to explore, share, learn and advance the academic museum field. We are delighted that you have chosen to spend these stimulating and rewarding days in the Twin Cities, supporting the AAMG’s 2019 Annual Conference theme Learning Laboratory and Community Center: Positioning the Academic Museum for Success. This is AAMG’s third Annual Conference in the new multi-day summer format, which has been very successful. Over the last three years the conference submissions for proposals and attendance have been growing, and we expect 300 or more attendees this year!
The Twin Cities is home to regionally and nationally significant museums, including many right here on the University of Minnesota campus. At the Graduate Hotel conference venue, you will meet leaders in every aspect of museum work, including trusteeship, audience development, collections management, curatorial, exhibitions, education, and more. AAMG’s annual meetings feature numerous opportunities for discussion— during sessions, after hours, indeed, throughout the week. I hope you will make new friends and take new ideas back to your colleagues that will continue to strengthen our field. If you come early or stay longer, please visit Minneapolis’s great museums. We’ve arranged free admission with your AAMG membership card or conference registration receipt (check later for a complete list of participating venues).
And so, welcome. The members of the AAMG Program Committee have worked hard to offer you the learning experiences and networking that only AAMG can provide for academic museum professionals and students. Thank you, Jill Hartz and Craig Hadley, our AAMG conference directors. Special thanks to our University of Minnesota museum partners—the Bell Museum, the Goldstein Museum of Design, and the Weisman Art Museum, for assisting AAMG with on-site logistics and for hosting the opening and closing receptions. Finally, I would like to also acknowledge all of the sponsors for generously supporting AAMG. Whenever you have an opportunity, please visit their tables at the Graduate Hotel and thank them for their continued support. If there is anything we can do to enhance your visit and experience, please let us know.
John Versluis, President