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Planning your UMA Conference Schedule: People, Places, Things, and Ideas

Tuesday, September 29, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jessica Weiss
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Planning your UMA Conference Schedule:

People, Places, Things, and Ideas



We are just one week away from our Annual Conference! Have you looked through the preliminary program yet? The number and diversity of sessions can be daunting, but here are some suggested schedules to help get you started:


Focusing on People


Are you working to strengthen relationships with your donors? Are you building more audience-driven programming? Are you interested in connecting with your community? These sessions will help you be mindful of the people you are working with and for as you move forward.


Wednesday        4:15 pm – 5:15 pm           Flipping Fear of Fundraising to Fun with Friends

Thursday            10:30am – 11:30am         Retaining and Retraining Guests

Thursday            1:15 pm – 2:15 pm           Cultivating Member Support on Any Budget

Thursday            3:45 pm – 4:45 pm           Embracing Teens, Unleashing the Energy and Enthusiasm of Youth (please make sure this tabs over so it reads more cleanly)

Friday                  9:00am – 10:00am          Changing your Mindset to Increase Public Engagement

Friday                 10:15am – 11:15am         Managing, reading, and Utilizing Analytics for Your Organization



Focusing on Place


From within the walls of your museum, to online communities, to your local school, each institution has unique and powerful potential. Working from theoretical discussions and models of success, explore your own museum’s identity and sense of place.


Wednesday        2:30pm – 3:30pm             Best Practices in Strategic Planning

Thursday            1:15pm – 2:15pm             Museums as the New Town Square

Thursday            3:45pm – 4:45pm             Making it in a Small Museum

Friday                 9:00am – 10:00am           School Programs and Outreach

Friday                 10:15am – 11:15am         Curation in the Digital Age



Focusing on Things


Collections are at the heart of all museum work. These sessions will focus on managing and caring for these important objects. Industry best practices as well as emerging trends will be explored.


Wednesday        2:30pm – 3:30pm             Best Practices in Collections Care

Wednesday        4:15pm – 5:15pm             Making Mounts

Thursday            10:30am – 11:30am         How to Research Collections Online

Thursday            1:15pm – 2:15pm             New and Improved: Collection Care during Moves and Renovations



Focusing on Ideas


Excited at the prospect of change? Need help with innovation? These sessions will delve into the change that is already at work around the state and beyond, and provide some emerging theory and practical applications to help you get started.


Wednesday        2:30pm – 3:30pm             Best Practices in Museum Education

Wednesday        4:15pm – 5:15pm             Evaluation as a Mechanism for Change

Thursday            10:30am – 11:30am         Turning the Ship: Changing Your Organization’s Brand

Thursday            3:45pm – 4:45pm             At War (no more)!

Friday                 9:00am – 10:00am           Creativity, Inspiration, and Innovation

Friday                 10:15am – 11:15am         High Score: Game Mechanics for Engaging Education Programming


Make sure to register for pre-conference workshops (extra fee), field trips, and look for information this week about meet-ups with different groups within the Utah museums community. Find conference details on the UMA website here!


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