2012 Statewide Conference Taking Shape: April 22-24, Albany

How Do We (Re)Vision our Museums?

Museums are institutions steeped in tradition but surrounded by constant change.  Not everyone knows what a museum is anymore, but some certainly think that whatever it is, it’s not for them.

After the 2011 conference conversation around “How Do We Prove the Value of Museums?” it seems that the next logical step in the discussion must explore how museums rethink their roles and functions to make or enhance value in the 21st century.  We’ll be talking about ideas for and examples of transformation, asking and answering questions like “why should we redefine ourselves and what will happen if we don’t?” and taking on Nina Simon’s challenge “should museums be generous and greedy?”

We are happy to announce of 2012 Museums in Conversation Keynoter is Ron Chew!

Ron is principal of Chew Communications and the former executive director of Seattle’s Wing Luke Asian Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. Known as an innovator using cutting-edge presentation with a locally oriented-emphasis, Chew helped redefine museums by melding cultural identity, civic participation, and museum programs into a new tool in the fight for social justice.

Ron will provide the conference’s opening keynote on Monday, April 23 as well as a closing presentation on Tuesday, April 24.

The 2012 Conference will also feature a luncheon address on Monday, April 23 from American Association of Museums President, Ford Bell!

Ford W. Bell began his tenure as president of the American Association of Museums in June 2007. He brings to AAM a lifelong passion for museums, and a clear understanding of the important role which museums play as places of lifelong learning and inspiration.

AAM was founded in 1906 to represent the entire museum field. Today AAM has some 20,000 members, including 3,000 museums, zoos, aquariums and public gardens. Its stated mission is “to enhance the value of museums to their communities through leadership, advocacy, and service.” The largest museum organization in the world, AAM serves the field by promoting standards and best practices; gathering and sharing knowledge; and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the museum community.

The conference conversation schedule is available!  And it's being updated frequently.