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2019 Annual Conference Schedule

All events at John Day Regional Airport, unless otherwise noted. This is a draft schedule, subject to change.

Sunday, September 15

 12:00-4:00 pm


 2:00-3:30 pm

 Pre-conference field trip -Thomas Condon Paleontology Center (1 hour from John Day)

2:00-4:00 pm 

Pre-conference field trip–Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site in John Day (4 tours)

5:00 pm  Meet up and no-host dinner. 1188 Brewing Company in John Day

Monday, September 16

7:30-8:30 am 

Registration, breakfast, networking, silent auction

 8:30-9:15 am

OMA Welcome

Conference updates, logistics

Welcome from Confederated Tribes of Umatilla 

Welcome from John Day Mayor's office

 9:15-10:00 am
 Keynote speakers: Jennifer Fang, Don Merritt
 10:00-10:15 am
10:15-11:30 am

Meet the funders presentation

  • Oregon Community Foundation - Cheryl Puddy
  • Oregon Cultural Trust - Aili Schreiner
  • Oregon Heritage - Beth Dehn, Katie Henry
  • Oregon Humanities - Kyle Weismann-Yee
  • Travel Oregon - Michelle Woodard
 11:30 am -12:30 pm


 12:30-1:45 pm

 Concurrent sessions

Session 1A – Decolonize and indigenize now! Toward culturally informed, relevant and sensitive museum practice

Deana Dartt PhD, Principal/Project Manager, Live Oak Museum Consulting
cy Judd, Artist, Recycle Runway; Training Facilitator, Live Oak Museum Consulting

Museums with collections that represent diverse communities are increasingly faced with issues of cultural sensitivity and a need to both provide appropriate information relating to these collections, and connect them with descendant communities in meaningful ways. This experiential training, which includes art integration experiences, will educate museum staff and volunteers across departments to create programing that contributes to societal healing around Native issues.

Session 1B – Internal equity for small museums

Nathanael Andreini, Co-Director, Washington County Museum
Janice Crane, Office Manager, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals

In this session, we will examine examples, strategies, and outcomes of equitable practices taking place within the internal operations and public-facing programs of small museums. Part one of the session will share strategies for restructuring leadership positions and pathways to gain public trust. Part two of the session will evaluate the benefits of creating career-track, entry-level, and mid-level positions with livable wages. Presenters will conclude with talking points for board level conversations that justify changes and drive efforts for organizational equity.

 1:45-2:00 pm
 2:00-3:15 pm

 Concurrent sessions

Session 2A – Rural museums and social action: Lessons from Oregon Heritage Organizations for Rural Social Equity (HORSE)

Zachary Stocks, Organizer, HORSE

Many museums are responding to calls to be agents for social change, but rural museums are rarely included in so-called "field wide" conversations despite being on the frontlines of Oregon's most pressing social issues. HORSE is a new grassroots network of statewide museums programming around pressing local issues. We will share highlights from HORSE's first cohort as a model for rural community engagement and equitable internal/external practice.

Session 2B – Achieving inclusion through the artist-in-residence program

Sandra Gladish, Chief of Interpretation and Dr. Nicholas Famoso, Chief of Paleontology/Museum Curator, National Park Service, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Reid Psaltis, Artist

This session will examine how the park's Artist-in-Residence program focused on exhibit accessibility by creating a sculpture to replace a drawer of fossils that sat behind glass. Artist Reid Psaltis collaborated with the park to create a bronze sculpture of Cynarctoides lemur, an extinct dog. During this process the artist and park sought feedback from disability communities. The session will discuss how, because of the sheer number of fossil already on display, exchanging the fossils with a sensory experience was more desirable to achieve inclusiveness.
 3:15-3:30 pm
3:30-4:45 pm
Concurrent sessions

Session 3A – Responsibility vs. controversy in exhibitions

Judy Margles, Director, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Jacqueline Peterson-Loomis, PhD, Executive Director, Portland Chinatown History Foundation

In this panel, we will discuss how museums can raise challenging questions and convey topics that some might see as provocative or even inappropriate. When is it our responsibility to present content that is not exclusively agreeable, nostalgic, or triumphant? Is it our responsibility to promote the standards of a community and recognized approaches, or should we be offering exhibitions that challenge assumptions and engage visitors in conversations on various topics of controversy?

Session 3B - Designing visitor experiences for engagement and inclusion

Mary Kay Cunningham, Experience Design Specialist, Dialogue
Julie Smith, Principal, Community Design

Using human-centered design strategies to develop experiences is one way museums can improve visitor satisfaction and commit to inclusive practices. Join us for a learning conversation to explore your current practices and strategies for working with communities to collect empathy data, build inclusive design tables, and attend to dynamics of privilege and bias in designing experiences. We will share successful design tools that have been used with cultural institutions and school districts.
5:00-8:00 pm  Canyon City walkabout and BBQ dinner. Silent auction ends.

Tuesday, September 17

7:30-8:30 am  Registration, breakfast, networking
 8:30-9:30 am Members meeting - Updates on OMA membership, finances, and website. Discussion on how you can be more involved and partner with OMA. Award ceremony.
 9:30-10:00 am
 10:00-11:15 am

 Concurrent sessions

Session 4A – Advocacy 101: How Oregon's Cultural Advocacy Coalition can help

Ginger Savage, board member CAC, Executive Director, Crossroads Carnegie Art Center

Join this session for a lively discussion on advocacy 101:  how to share your story so that legislators will provide more public support for museums, including capital construction funds. The session will decrease the fear factor of the legislative process and give you three easy things to do to start or deepen your advocacy work. It will demystify the advocacy process and provide tips and tools for building effective relationships with your legislators. The session will provide background about the CAC and its endorsement process for capital construction projects and share a case study from successfully funded projects.

Session 4B – Widening our gaze: How to incorporate culture Into science education

Kathryn Sinor, Education Director and Lydia Heins, Collections Manager, Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum

Why didn’t NASA send a woman into space until 1983? Why did the US employ a Nazi rocket scientist? How do our personal biases change the programming of a robot? The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum has begun a programming and collections structure that widens the gaze of science-based education. In this collaborative session, we’ll discuss how culture and science have been integrated and why that’s a good thing.
 11:15-11:30 am
11:30 am -12:45 pm
Concurrent sessions

Session 5A – The creative age: How museums and arts organizations are inspiring creativity, connection, and engagement for an aging community

Kera Magarill, Older Adult Behavioral Health Specialist, Washington County Aging Services

Our communities are aging, but are our spaces and programs truly age-friendly? This session will provide a better understanding of the aging experience and barriers that prevent full access. We will learn about best practices and program ideas from museums around the country and how to integrate age-friendliness into current programming. Participants will discuss several evidence-based museum models and receive a toolkit on getting started. 

Session 5B – Lessons from the outsiders: Consultants in dialogue on community collaboration trends and strategies 

Alice Parman,Interpretive Planning Consultant
Deana Dartt, Principal/Project Manager, Live Oak Museum Consulting
Taline Kuyumjian, Visitor Studies and Experiences Evaluator, Kuyumjian Consulting LLC
Alan Ransenberg, Principal/Exhibit Designer, The Alchemy of Design

This panel of experienced consultants will discuss their work helping varied cultural institutions connect with communities.

We'll discuss such projects as a decolonizing institute, an arts organization seeking to be a better neighbor, exhibit-focused community partnerships, and more. Through conversation, we will highlight collaborative work happening in Oregon and how it supports a larger, nation-wide effort. 

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8604, Portland, OR 97207
Contact: connect@oregonmuseums.org 
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