AAMG Academic Museum Leadership Seminar

In partnership with the Kellogg School of Management
Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University

Next Seminar: Sunday, June 19 – Friday, June 24, 2016

James L. Allen Center, Lake Front Campus of Northwestern

The Seminar begins with an orientation dinner on Sunday, June 19 and ends at noon on Friday, June 24, 2016. (For those wishing to remain, a Friday afternoon session will be offered on AAM’s evolving accreditation standards for academic museums.)

Seminar attendees will be housed and take breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn, Evanston, a few blocks from the Northwestern Campus (daily bus service will transport Seminar Fellows to and from campus) and learning exercises and noon and evening meals will be held at the James L. Allen Center, a first-class conference center and dining facility on the banks of Lake Michigan.

A Day at the Seminar
Course study and reading materials will be posted for participants to review prior to the participants’ arrival in Evanston.  Formal instructional activities will end at noon on Friday (with an optional Friday afternoon session led by AAM’s accreditation administrator Julie Hart for leaders from non-accredited museums wishing to explore accreditation and all attendees wishing to learn about updates in the accreditation process).

A typical Seminar day will begin with breakfast at the Seminar hotel, followed by two 90-minute sessions on an individual topic in the morning; lunch; and two 90-minute sessions on a second topic in the afternoon.  Refreshment breaks will also take place mid-morning and mid-afternoon.  A total of eight focused topics will be covered by these Seminar sessions (See Course Topics). The evening might include cocktails and a casual dinner at the Center among colleagues, or a trip for all participants to an area museum or private collection for informal discussions on topics ranging from ways to sustain a lifetime career in the field — with all of that career’s social, political and personal demands — to ethical issues surrounding collecting.

Post-Seminar Engagement
Participants will receive an AAMG/Kellogg Certificate upon completion of the Seminar. Continued interaction and exchange of ideas and experiences will sustain the Seminar’s experiences long after the week of study on Northwestern’s campus has concluded. A listserv designated specifically for students and faculty members will be maintained for further discussions and for posting or seeking individual faculty advice on issues of importance to the participants. In addition, the program director will actively engage Seminar participants in a public discussion of their experiences and insights on the AAMG’s 4,000 plus member AAMG-L listserv, in order to open the dialogue within our larger field of colleagues. Finally, Seminar graduates attending the 2017 AAMG Annual Conference in St. Louis will be invited to participate in a panel discussion and offer insights into how they have put their Kellogg learning experiences into action at their home museums and galleries.