Dispatch from Denver

Posted on April 29, 2008 under aam2008

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!