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Just a quick note about activities and opportunities here at AAM (I’m on one of AAM’s email computers, so links will come later).  So, some highlights:

  • Valuable and interesting Emerging Museum Professional sessions, including a great facilitated discussion about leadership and a happy hour at a bookstore in LoDo, where I put in a plug for early 20th C Minneapolis librarian Gratia Countryman as a great model of leadership.
  • Great insights from a small museum doing Web 2.0 work, the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Arkansas, who won a Muse Award for their podcasting, in the company of two Smithsonian museums.
  • Breakfast at the vegetarian restaurant Watercourse
  • Meeting tons of people, “emerging” and not
  • An interview that went well, a not-exactly interview that went well
  • At the gay lunch (okay, the ALGC PIC business meeting), hearing about the fascinating new issue of Museums and Social Issues entitled “Where is Queer?”
  • A great session on virtual worlds facilitated by the always-wise Nina Simon.  Of course, the technology is just not there for small museums to participate yet.
  • sharing insights with other one-woman shows
  • An address from Denver’s mayor about the Denver metro’s innovative funding stream for museums and cultural and scientific organizations. 
  • Terry Tempest Williams’ moving keynote on museums as places to be “quietly subversive on behalf of the land.”
  • the opportunity to explore a new city! 

I’m right now off to the history museum and probably the public library! 

I’m off to Denver tomorrow!  This will be my first AAM meeting and I’m excited to be going as an Emerging Museum Professional fellow (and excited to leave the snow behind).  I plan to give you a few dispatches from the conference and the various small museums, technology, and diversity sessions I’m planning to attend.

This is also the first year that AAM has a conference blog, pointing out attractions in Denver and interesting things happening at the conference, so you can get your dispatches from a number of sources.

If any of my charming readers would like to meet up with me while at AAM, drop me a line (my email is on the about page) or leave a comment.

I’m pleased to tell you that I’ll be going to the AAM conference in Denver later this month; I received an Emerging Museum Professional fellowship to go.  Thanks for supporting early career museum folks, AAM!  See you all in Denver.