Welcome to the Kansas Museums Association 2020 Conference Information Page

Kansas Museums Association 2020 Annual Conference

Better Together

Virtual Conference – November 4-6

Here you will find links to conference information, registration, activities, FAQ and more!  New information is being added all the time, so check back for more details as they become available.

Find the 2020 Virtual Conference schedule here.

Register for the 2020 Virtual Conference here.

Sponsorship opportunities can be found here.

You’ve got questions?  We’ve got answers!  Visit our FAQ page to learn more.

Support KMA – Join the High 5 or 1 Up Club Today! Members entered to win fabulous raffle prizes!

The High 5 and 1 Up Clubs are a way for KMA members to support the mission of the Kansas Museums Association to provide leadership, advocacy, and training in the Kansas museum community.

Donate $5 or $1 for each year you have been a part of the museum profession, and be entered into a raffle for gifts from Kansas museum gift shops!

Click here to learn more about High 5 and 1 Up and how to join, and to hear from KMA Past President Bob Workman on what the clubs mean to our organization.

Registration Costs

  • Full conference registration fee for NON-KMA Members: $100
  • Full conference registration for current KMA members in 2020: FREE!!  Click here for eligibility information.
  • Click here to become a member today!
  • **Not able to afford membership this year?  Click here to read about relief membership**

KMA appreciates the sponsors that make this conference possible!  Click here to learn more about our sponsors.

Pre-conference Workshop: Rehousing Basics Workshop – $40 *not included with full conference registration*

  • Angela Watts, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas & Sofia Galarza Liu, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas
  • Join us for a virtual “hands on” workshop to learn how to make storage housings for your collections. In this workshop we will talk about the tools and materials you will need and then have demonstrations on how to make custom storage boxes, handling trays, pot rings, and other rehousing methods. Make sure you bring some questions about how to store your museum’s collections for the Q&A.

Featured Speakers:

Crosby Kemper – Crosby’s ties to this area through serving as Director of the Kansas City Public Library and his current role as the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services leave him uniquely qualified to speak to both the challenges and opportunities in the heartland, as well as programming and planning at the national level.  Join us as we hear firsthand from one of our country’s top museum leaders as we all chart a new course for our organizations.  To read his full biography, click here.

Colleen Dilenschneider – When you need to know the latest trends in museums, based on facts that you can trust, where do you turn? For almost a decade the place to turn has been Know Your Own Bone, a blog and website that shares up-to-date, real world data related to cultural organizations. Publisher Colleen Dilenschneider uses data and technology to share insights on marketing, visitor experience, fundraising, COVID-19 and more. We are excited to bring her expertise to the KMA Virtual Conference!  To read her full biography, click here.

Suffragists with poster and bonfire at the White House, Washington, DC, 1918. (National Archives, Records of the U.S. Information Agency)

Commemorating the 19th Amendment panel: Debra Steidel Wall, Deputy Archivist of the United States; Corinne Porter, Curator, Rightfully Hers exhibit; and Dawn Hammatt, Director of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood home

The 19th Amendment, which guaranteed that the right to vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex,” turned 100 this year. The National Archives and Records Administration, home of the 19th Amendment, celebrated this centennial anniversary, adjusting to produce a meaningful commemoration despite the coronavirus pandemic. Deputy Archivist of the United States Debra Steidel Wall, curator Corinne Porter, and Director of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood home Dawn Hammatt will describe the nationwide celebration, and give a special look at the exhibit Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote.

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