Museum Playbook Guide to the 2016 AAM Annual Meeting

So, you registered for the 2016 AAM Annual Meeting. You booked your flight, got a hotel room and promised yourself you would figure out your actual conference schedule later…but definitely way before May 26th.

Here we are just a couple of days out…are all of your bags packed? Travel checklists complete? Conference schedule created? Right…me neither.

But, I have taken the time to peruse the impressive schedule and have noted these can’t-miss sessions. Maybe I’ll run into you at one of them?

Thursday, May 26th

Using Selfie Culture to Engage Audiences
8:45-10 a.m.
147B – Walter E. Washington Convention Center

This session promises an exploration of selfie culture, trending hashtags, contests and apps all with the goal of figuring out the real-life implementations and impact.

Practical Approaches to Digital Strategy Planning
2:45-4 p.m.
103 – Walter E. Washington Convention Center

What does digital strategy mean? How do you actually do it? This session will provide answers from three mid-sized museums and offer practical steps to move your museum forward.

Friday, May 27th

Free for Good: Engaging Visitors with Free Membership
8:45-10 a.m.
150 – Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Free membership is a hot topic these days. Hear about some pioneering membership models that challenge the status quo and explore what value means to visitors.

Totems, Yarn Bombs & Swing: Fostering Adult Creativity
2-3:15 p.m.
152 – Walter E. Washington Convention Center

I’m so excited about this session because adults are so often relegated to roles like dutiful chaperones or quiet observers and they could have so much more fun! The speakers on this panel will bring raucous ideas about engaging adults in new and unexpected ways.

Saturday, May 28th

Culture Club: Making It Real, Keeping It Real
8:45-10 a.m.
146A – Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Culture is a make or break aspect of any work environment. It can push us into innovation or drive us into early retirement. A team from the Minneapolis Institute of Art will share what they’ve learned about developing culture and manifesting it in the hiring and management processes.

Sunday, May 29th

75 Ideas in 75 Minutes: Failure is Not an Option!
8:45-10 a.m.
202B – Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Looking to boost your earned and contributed revenue? Get 75 ideas to boost your fundraising and membership programs. And, maybe leave with a few more of your own bubbling up to the surface.

If you attend any of these sessions, give a shout out to @MuseumPlaybook on Twitter and tell us what you think!