KMA 2020 Virtual Conference Schedule
November 4-6, 2020
**Note: TED Talks listed below are a 30 minute short format. THEODORE Talks are a longer, 45 minute version.**
** Sessions and speakers will be recorded, and on demand recordings will be available after the conference for one month. Register here today to ensure you receive the email to the password protected website where they are located.
Wednesday, November 4
· 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Workshop | Rehousing Basics Workshop
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.
· 11 a.m. to Noon Keynote | Commemorating the 19th Amendment
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.
· 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 | Lunch ‘n Learn: Humanities Kansas Update
Leslie Vonholten, Director of Grants and Outreach and Abigail Kaup, Program Officer
· 1:00 p.m. 1:45 p.m. THEODORE TALK | Maximizing Audiences with Virtual Tours
Steve Nowak, Executive Director, Watkins Museum of History; Kathryn Nemeth Tuttle, Historic Reenactor; Jim Ogle, Executive Director, Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area
Is your historic site or exhibit still closed to the public or open only at a limited capacity? Virtual tours could provide a way to increase your audience. This session will feature a virtual tour of an historic house in Old West Lawrence, then show how it was done and offer tips and techniques to help participants present such tours at their institutions.
· 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 TED Talk | Virtual Humanities/ Humanidades Virtuales: The Somos de Wichita Project
Dr. Jay Price, Director, Wichita State University Local and Community History Program; Enrique Navarro, Cinthia Lopez, Joshua Mackey, Jessica Cerri, Mike Marlett
Somos de Wichita/We are Wichita is a bilingual exhibit that tells the story of Latino families in Wichita in the 20th century. Funded through a Humanities Kansas grant, this project originally was to consist of portable free-standing displays with an accompanying photo digitization project. With the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic, however, the project had to be re-envisioned as a virtual exhibit with the cornerstone being the Somos.wichita.edu web site launched with a zoom-based community conversation. This roundtable with the project team will discuss the challenges and opportunities and insights involved in creating a bilingual virtual exhibition.
· 2:45 to 3:15 TED Talk | Membership Development
Kourtney Carson, Director of Development, Wichita Art Museum
Are you looking to grow your membership base, and wondering if a membership drive is right for you or if there is another solution? Join us as we discuss how to maximize your development prospects.
· 3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Virtual Tour
Sternberg Museum of Natural History Collections and Storage facility
We know that getting to tour other museums to get ideas and appreciate the work of your colleagues is one of our favorite parts of the KMA Conference. Get a behind-the-scenes look at their fabulous collections, and hear from Dr. Reese Barrick, Museum Director at the Sternberg, who will answer questions after the tour!
· 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Happy Hour
· 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Trivia Night
After you’ve had a chance to grab some dinner, make your way back for happy hour conversation and trivia with our favorite host, Murl Riedel! We will break you into teams to take on all things Kansas and Museum related… will you win a prize?
Thursday, November 5
· 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Keynote | Crosby Kemper, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services
· 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. TED Talk | The Online Pivot: Three Things We Learned by Going Virtual
Laura Burton, Director Marketing and Development, and Caitlin Luttjohann, Director of STEAM Education, Kansas Children’s Discovery Center
The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center closed to the public on March 13th and launched the online program, Discovery at Home, the following day. Over the course of the next few months, with many lessons learned, the program generated nearly 400,000 views and many dedicated fans. Join us for this session to hear directly from the team members who developed the program. They will share tools, tricks and lessons learned by a small team, with a small budget and a big vision.
· 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 Lunch | KMA Business Meeting
· 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. THEODORE TALK | Conversations on Racism vs. Equity: Looking Back and Facing Forward
Rachel Pannabecker, Special Projects, Kauffman Museum; Andi Schmidt Andres, Director, Kauffman Museum; Julian Gonzalez-Salamanca, Kauffman Museum board member and Bethel College director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Whose history have Kansas museums collected? Who gets to tell the stories and how have controversial issues like racism been handled? Where have we been successful in welcoming minority communities, their artifacts and their stories? How do we respond to the KMA statement on racial equity and inclusion? Panelists from Kauffman Museum will share their experiences from the past and their dreams for the future as a way to launch dialogue with attendees.
· 4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Virtual Tour
We know that getting to tour other museums to get ideas and appreciate the work of your colleagues is one of our favorite parts of the KMA Conference. Get a behind-the-scenes look at their fabulous collections, and hear from Shannon Whetzel, Curator at the Cosmosphere, who will answer questions after the tour!
· 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Happy Hour
· 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Scavenger Hunt (Museum Style)
Friday, November 6
· 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. TED TALK | Equal Justice Initiative Historical Marker Project
Rev. Martha Murchison, Sunrise Presbyterian Church of Salina; Sandy Beverly, Salina NAACP member; and Rev. Dee Williamston, District Superintendent, Great Plains United Methodists
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, hung memorial columns engraved with the names and counties of lynching victims in the memorial. The Memorial also created an identical column with the intent of having those columns be erected in the place the lynching occurred. As several counties are named on one Kansas column, the speakers propose that the Kansas Museum Association lead an effort to bring our column to Kansas and erect it in a place where many can view it and learn its history.
· 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. THEODORE TALK | Fundraising When All the Rules Have Changed
Diana Gordon (she/her), CFRE, President & Chief Development Officer, Orpheum Performing Arts Centre, Ltd.
Fundraisers typically have rules that they follow, but this time of COVID has changed it all. Hear some ideas on how folks have adapted to the current climate.
· 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Lunch
Awards and Grants Celebration
· 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Keynote | The Data is In: Connection is King | Colleen Dilenschneider
Colleen Dilenschneider, Chief Market Engagement Officer at IMPACTS Experience, will present data from the state of Kansas as well as the United States composite market on how connection motivates attendance, increases satisfaction, and cultivates community for cultural organizations.
· 2:00 p.m. 2:15 p.m. Welcome to Lawrence for KMA’s 2021 Conference
A printable conference schedule can be found here.