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2024 TENTATIVE Conference SCHEDULE


Dates:  September 25-27, 2024

Theme:  Building Community

City:  Fairbanks, AK

Location:  Wedgewood Resort

Partner Organization:  Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center


Learn more about registration rates, add-ons, lodging, travel, and scholarships on our 2024 conference page.


The below session schedule is tentative. Workshops, tours, events, and the Angel Project are confirmed. Session topics are tentative.

We are confirming presenter participation and some session topics may change based on presenter availability.

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This link will take you to our Salesforce hosted registration form.

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Wednesday, September 25

We hope you can join us on September 25 for workshops, tours, volunteering for the Angel Project, and our opening night event!

  • Sign up to volunteer for a UAMN collections project! There are two shifts available.
  • Sign up for a tour to see UAMN's collections! There are two time options.
  • Attend a workshop to learn about collections tricks or exhibition development and design.
  • And, of course, join us at our opening night event to network and say hi!

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9:00am-12:00pm - Angel Project - morning shift

Volunteer for this year's Angel Project - Volunteers will be un-framing and rehousing works on paper in the Fine Arts collection at UAMN with Della Hall on the first day of the conference. This is a great way to get hands-on collections experience, help a local museum in need, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the off-site Fine Arts collection storage. You are welcome to sign up for both shifts, if you'd like. Maximum of 8 people per shift.


10:00am-11:00am - University of Alaska Museum of the North (UAMN) Collections Tour - morning option

Register for a complimentary tour of the UAMN on-site collections rooms led by Dr. Angela Linn on the first day of the conference. Maximum of 15 people per tour.


9:00am-12:00pm - Collections Care on a Budget Workshop ($25)

This workshop will introduce attendees to collections care methods that can be done on a budget - from creating aluminum barriers to taking high-quality collections pictures with minimal equipment. This workshop is perfect for collections professionals at smaller institutions or anyone looking for low-cost tricks in collections care.


1:00pm-4:00pm - Angel Project - afternoon shift

Volunteer for this year's Angel Project - Volunteers will be un-framing and rehousing works on paper in the Fine Arts collection at UAMN with Della Hall on the first day of the conference. This is a great way to get hands-on collections experience, help a local museum in need, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the off-site Fine Arts collection storage.  You are welcome to sign up for both shifts, if you'd like. Maximum of 8 people per shift. 


1:00pm-4:00pm - Exhibition Development and Design Workshop ($25)

In this workshop, Sarah Asper-Smith and Christine Carpenter of ExhibitAK will lead attendees through the process of developing and designing a small exhibition. This workshop is perfect for anyone working at small institutions, those working on a budget, and those who are new to museum exhibition work.


2:00pm-3:00pm - University of Alaska Museum of the North (UAMN) Collections Tour - afternoon option

Register for a complimentary tour of the UAMN on-site collections rooms led by Dr. Angela Linn on the first day of the conference. Maximum of 15 people per tour.


5:00pm - Fairbanks Children's Museum Tour

Register for a complimentary tour of the Fairbanks Children's Museum led by Executive Director Meredith Maple-Gitter on the first day of the conference. After the tour, you can walk (10 minute walk) or carpool over to the opening night event. Maximum of 25 people.


6:00pm-8:00pm - Opening Night Event (1 ticket with registration, $25 for extra tickets)

Join us at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center for our opening night event with heavy hors d'oeuvres. 

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Thursday, September 26

For the first full day, we've created a schedule that keeps us all together to network and learn!

  • In the morning, we have our awards, keynote, and speed networking.
  • For lunch, we are providing a catered lunch and we look forward to learning what everyone has been up to with lightning talks.  
  • In the afternoon, we will host a panel of AK museum professionals talking about how they are building relationships with Alaska Native communities and meeting the needs of Tribes and Alaska Native visitors.
  • Everyone is welcome to attend our Annual Meeting where we talk about our previous year, upcoming plans, and announce our board election results.
  • For dinner, you can choose to venture out on your own, or sign up for a networking dinner at a local restaurant.

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8:00am-9:30am - Breakfast Provided

Breakfast will be provided by the venue for all in-person attendees.


9:00am-9:30am - Opening and Awards (will be streamed)

Welcome to the conference, thank you to our donors, congratulations to our field award winners!

9:30am-10:45am - Keynote (will be streamed)

This year's keynote is Lisa Sasaki, Deputy Under Secretary for Special Projects, Smithsonian Institution. More details coming soon!

  • Lisa Sasaki is currently the deputy under secretary for special projects, where she provides leadership to the Institution as it plays a key role in America’s semiquincentennial celebration and in efforts that cut across organizational lines to maximize the Smithsonian’s impact, not only in Washington, DC, but also online and in communities across the country. Previously, Sasaki was appointed the interim director of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum in March 2021 and served in that role until 2023. She also served as the director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Sasaki has worked in the museum field for more than 25 years for organizations like the Oakland Museum of California, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. She has provided further service to the field as President of the Western Museums Association’s Board of Directors and as a member of AAM’s Facing Change working group, the Center for the Future of Museum’s Horizon Initiative steering committee, and the Advisory Council for the Council of Jewish American Museums.


11:00am-12:00pm - Speed Networking

Meet your fellow attendees with a fast paced round of networking.


12:00pm-1:30pm - Lunch and Lightning Talks (lunch provided) (presentations will be streamed)

Enjoy a lunch catered by the venue while learning about what museums and cultural centers have been working on over the past year. The lightning talks will be proceeded and followed by time to network and talk at your tables.


2:00pm-4:00pm - Building Relationships with Alaska Native Communities (museum panel) (will be streamed)

A group of museum colleagues from across Alaska have been asked to share their practices that have allowed them to provide a more welcoming atmosphere for Alaska Native visitors and build relationships with Tribes.

  • Panelists to be announced


4:30pm-5:30pm - Museums Alaska Annual Meeting (will be streamed)

Everyone is welcome to join us as we discuss the past year (including a financial overview), and discuss upcoming plans. We will also announce the results of the board elections. There will be time to comments by online and in-person attendees.

  • Board nominations will open in July.  If you're interested in serving on the board, please contact Dixie at director@museumsalaska.org.


6:30pm-8:00pm - Networking Dinners at local restaurants (sign up sheets at check-in desk)

There will be a sign-up sheet at the check-in desk for attendees to sign up for a networking dinner at a local restaurant. You can also choose to venture out on your own for dinner. 

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This link will take you to our Salesforce hosted registration form.

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Friday, September 27

The second session day, we have consecutive sessions, so you can choose your own adventure!

  • In the morning, we have a three-hour, off-site grant writing workshop and several consecutive sessions at the Wedgewood Resort.
  • For lunch, you can choose to venture out on your own, or sign up to join a group of like-minded people for a roundtable lunch at a local restaurant.  
  • And in the afternoon, we have consecutive sessions for you to choose from.
  • Our final event is a networking get-together at a local brewery (they also have non-alcoholic options).

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8:00am-9:00am - Breakfast Provided

Breakfast will be provided by the venue for all in-person attendees.


9:00am-12:00pm - Grantwriting Workshop (at Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center)

In this workshop, Amy Steffian, with the assistance of Mary Irvine, will lead attendees through the process of grant writing. Attendees will learn the basic steps of preparing for and writing a grant, review and score grant application examples, and work on writing their own Alaska-specific grant application (i.e. CMF or GIA).


9:00am - 10:00am (at Wedgewood Resort)

Community Listening Session (will be streamed)

ExhibitAK will lead a session on Community Listening.

      • More details provided soon.

Museum Technology Session (AR, VR, etc.) (will be streamed)

A session on new technologies used in museums. 

      • More details provided soon.


10:30am - 12:00pm (at Wedgewood Resort)

NAGPRA Updates Discussion Session

A discussion session on the updates to NAGPRA.

      • More details provided soon.

Museum Education Programming Session (will be streamed)

In this session you will learn from two presenters. One will be discussing a science education toolkit available to museums and libraries, and the other will be sharing their experiences leading hands-on community programming.

      • More details provided soon.


12:00pm - 2:00pm - Lunch on your own or go to a local restaurant to talk about specific topics (sign up sheets at the check-in table)

Sign up at the check-in table to go to a local restaurant to talk about specific topics:

      • Directors/Administration
      • Collections
      • Education/Programming
      • Exhibitions/Curation


2:00pm - 3:15pm (at Wedgewood Resort)

Board Development Session (will be streamed)

A session on board development and management.

      • More details provided soon.

AKOSH Safety Session (will be streamed)

A session on museum safety from AKOSH.

      • More details provided soon.

Digitization Session (will be streamed)

A session on collections digitization from SummitDay Media.

      • More details provided soon.


3:30pm - 5:00pm (at Wedgewood Resort)

Capital Campaigns Session (will be streamed)

A panel session on capital campaigns.

      • More details provided soon.

Archives Session (will be streamed)

A session on archival management.

      • More details provided soon.

Decolonizing Curation and Exhibitions Discussion Session

A discussion session on how to provide more opportunities and improve processes for diverse stories and curation.

      • More details provided soon.


6:00pm-8:00pm - Final Networking Meetup at Latitude65

Join us at Latitude65 for a final networking get-together. Latitude65 is a local brewery that also has non-alcoholic drink options.  

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This link will take you to our Salesforce hosted registration form.

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TOURS

We did not book tours for everyone as there are so many amazing things to do in Fairbanks, it was hard to decide. Instead, we would like to direct you to the Explore Fairbanks page, which has a list of the many amazing experiences you can sign up for while visiting.

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CONFERENCE SPONSORS

Thank you to the following sponsors for supporting our 2024 statewide conference!

If you are interested in sponsoring our conference, please contact Dixie Clough at director@museumsalaska.org for more information!

 




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