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Announcing Keynote Speaker: Margaret Kadoyama

Monday, May 13, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Carrie Snow
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The UMA Conference Program Committee is pleased to announce that this year’s conference Keynote will be given by Margaret Kadoyama.  Margaret, author of Museums Involving Communities: Authentic Connections, specializes in action plans for involving communities. A member of The Museum Group, she taught Museums and Communities at John F. Kennedy University for 21 years.  Her work results in organizations that are more accessible, inclusive, and relevant to their communities.


As a JFKU Alumni, I have known Margaret for years and was so pleased she immediately accepted our invitation to speak. She has helped produce some of the most thoughtful museum professionals that I have had the pleasure of working alongside during my career.  Her long career has also seen numerous conference panel presentations as American Association of Museums as well as stints on the programming committee of the Western Museums Association. So we are confident she knows what attendees what to hear.


We have asked that Margaret help us dig into the concept of relevance in museums.  What does it mean when we say that we want our museums to be relevant and vital members of their communities? What does meaningful community engagement look like? How do we get past our constraints, so that we truly can create and nurture relationships with our communities?  We have asked her to provide us with not only inspiration but practical tips on how to get started and how to avoid common pitfalls and setbacks.


We hope you can all give a warm UMA welcome to Margaret at our conference.



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