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2016 UMA Annual Conference Workshops

Wednesday, July 13, 2016   (0 Comments)
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2016 UMA Annual Conference Workshops

By Miriam Sappington, Revenue Generating Programs Coordinator, Thanksgiving Point Institute


Attending the UMA Annual Conference and want to get the most bang for your buck? Register for a workshop! New pre- and post-conference workshops with hands on learning opportunities will bookend the UMA Annual Conference to accommodate the varied schedules of many a museum professional. While registration is required for each workshop, the cost is…FREE! That’s right conference workshops are FREE! with paid UMA Annual Conference registration. Come connect with, and learn from, a few of the talented and skilled individuals who contribute to the outstanding Utah museum community.


Grants: The Money Connection - Wednesday

This interactive workshop - where participants will learn best-practices in grantwriting, discuss common mistakes, and share tips - will be taught by Laurel Cannon, a grants manager from Utah Arts and Museums. Talk about learning straight from the source! Discuss lessons learned from the latest round of Utah Arts & Museums museum grants, network with likeminded museum professionals, and mentor each other down this common path of museum funding.

Participant limit – 25 (register now!)


School Is Out: Engaging Future Stakeholders with Summer Camps that Stick - Wednesday

Summer Camps are a great way to support learning in the community and hook future museum goers at a young age. Take part in this opportunity to establish the foundation of a summer camp program that can be adapted and honed to fit any organization - regardless of size or resources. Melissa Halvorsen, Special Programs Coordinator at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium will guide participants through pertinent topics such as developmental stages of children, realistic scheduling, coordinating across an organization, and finding resources and support in the community.

Participant limit – 30 (register now!)


Evaluation 101 - Friday

Another best-practice in the museum field, and often a requirement for funding opportunities, is evaluation. Join Stephen Ashton, the Director of Audience Research and Development at Thanksgiving Point Institute and Kari Nelson, the Curator of Education at the Museum of Peoples and Culture to learn the basics of evaluation in museum settings. Focus on the how, when, what, where, and why for evaluation, and discover how it can be applied to benefit your museum.

Participant limit – 30 (register now!)


Box and Mountmaking: A Practical Guide to Caring for your Collections - Friday

Come learn the step-by-step process and hear why boxing your collections is one of the most effective means of long term preservation. Learn how to create mounts that can go from storage to display, making your museum's resources work in both scenarios. This workshop, taught by Jennifer Ortiz, Manager of Museum Services with the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, and Sabrina Sanders, a Visual Arts Assistant with the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, will be a hands-on overview of how to create object mounts and archival boxes to care for your objects long term. All materials and supplies are provided!

Participant limit – 20 (register now!)


Register for the 2016 UMA Annual Conference today and check the box for the workshop of your choice. For more information, or to register for any of these amazing workshops, click here. Don’t wait, register now!

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