Note: In early January 2014, attendees will
receive an e-mail
with a link to an electronic form
that allows them
to select afternoon break-out sessions and lunch options.


Program Schedule

7:45 - 8:30am
Shuttle Buses
from San Diego Convention Center to San Diego Museum of Art
(Shuttles will run every 15 minutes)

8:30 – 9:00 am
at San Diego Museum of Art – 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

9:00 – 9:30 am        
by NAEA Museum Education Division Leaders
» Jacqueline Terrassa, NAEA Museum Education Division Director and Managing Museum Educator for Gallery and Studio Programs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
» Emily Holtrop, NAEA Museum Education Division Director-Elect and Director of Learning & Interpretation,   Cincinnati Art Museum

9:30 - 11:00 am   
Stronger Together: Collaborating to Connect Communities, Panel Discussion

San Diego Museum of Art – James S. Copley Auditorium

Join four leaders in the area of community collaboration as they share their innovative projects and offer insight on what makes a successful partnership. Panelists explore the definition of collaboration and give concrete examples of how to bring new voices into organizations in order to reimagine how museum educators engage visitors in connecting with their collections.

Panelists include: 

•  Giselle Antoni, Executive Director - Big Thought
•  Heather Berry, Manager, International Programs - Museums Connect, American Alliance of Museums

•  William Crow (moderator), Managing Museum Educator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
•  Lisa Silagyi, Director – Balboa Park Learning Institute

11:00 - 11:20 am   

11:20 am – 12:30 pm   
Looking, Learning & Collaborating – Gallery Experiences

San Diego Museum of Art, Timken Museum of Art, Mingei International Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts

These gallery experiences, led by educators from San Diego art museums and members of the NAEA Museum Education Division Development Committee, encourage participants to look at key works of art from a variety of Balboa Park art museum collections and to explore the collaborative opportunities that art objects can inspire. Participants will be grouped by the primary audience of their choice (e.g. K-12, Family, Teens, and Adults).

Preconference registrants will receive a follow-up email to select audience preference for these sessions.

12:30 – 2:00 pm
Lunch & Gallery Time

Preconference registrants will receive a follow-up email to select lunch preferences.

2:00 – 3:15 pm
Learning Together: Collaboration Case Study Workshops

San Diego Museum of Art, Timken Museum of Art, Mingei International Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts

Museum educators from San Diego and across the United States present and discuss case studies of innovative collaborations involving their institutions. Presentations focus on the goals of the collaboration, what worked, and what didn’t, and suggest ways to create similar collaborations in other communities. Each session will feature two to three case studies that focus on particular themes (e.g. K-12, Hospitals, Gallery Interpretive Tools, Global, Teens, etc). Each will be moderated by a member of the NAEA Museum Education Division Development Committee; group discussion will follow the presentations.

See below for workshop options. Sessions will repeat. Participants will attend two different sessions. Preconference registrants will receive a follow-up email to select individual workshops.

3:15 – 3:45 pm       
3:45 – 5:00 pm   
Learning Together: Collaboration Case Study Workshops

San Diego Museum of Art, Timken Museum of Art, Mingei International Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts

See below for workshop list.

5:00 – 6:00 pm   
Wine Reception

5:45 - 6:15 pm
Shuttle Buses
from Balboa Park to the San Diego Convention Center
(Shuttles will run every 15 minutes)

6:30 pm
Optional Dinners with Colleagues

Join other colleagues for informal pay-as-you go dinners at tasty San Diego restaurants. San Diego museum educators serve as hosts. Participants will be able to sign up during lunch.

Learning Together: Collaboration Case Study Workshops
Participants will be able to attend two workshops. Preconference registrants will receive a follow-up email to select individual workshops.

Collaborating on a Global Scale
Presenting Organizations: Portland Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Collaboration can be a global affair, connecting communities across international borders. Educators from the Portland Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will discuss their work with Mexican museums, realized through a grant from the American Alliance of Museums MuseumsConnect program.  Staff from The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York shares the Guggenheim UBS Map Global Art Initiative and the global and local issues they are encountering through this multi-year, multi-country project.

Museums and Schools – Working Together
Presenting Organizations: Cool Culture, Bank Street, Krannert Art Museum, Balboa Park – School in the Park

Art Museums and schools are natural collaborators—whether it is through a field trip to an art museum or an outreach program to a classroom
museum educators and teachers have worked together to bring students and art together for decades. Educators from Cool Culture, Bank Street, the Krannert Art Museum and the Balboa Park School in the Park programs will demonstrate how they have extended the relationship between schools and museums much further through collaboration. They will explore how each institution has moved past the single visit museum encounter to build in-depth and meaningful partnerships with schools in their communities. 

Teens Coming Together to Hang Out, Mess Around & Geek Out (HOMAGO)
Presenting Organizations: Columbus Museum of Art, Wexner Center for the Arts

Engaging teens through museum programming can be tough, but terrific. Join museum educators from Columbus, Ohio and discover how the Columbus Museum of Art and the Wexner Center for the Arts partnered with the Columbus Metropolitan Library, the Center for Science and Industry and WOSU Public Media to create programming for teens. Educators will discuss connecting learning theory, the HOMAGO digital media research and the development of the Surge Columbus partnership.  The session will conclude with a discussion of implications for the broader arts education field.

Professional Learning in Museums – Teachers Connecting to Collections
Presenting Organizations: Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, J. Paul Getty Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art - Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, Chicago Architecture Foundation, The Noguchi Museum

Museum educators and teachers have learned to be great partners and collaborators. Teaming with an enthusiastic teacher can mean the difference between an isolated, single museum visit and an enriched museum experience. Join educators from Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Museum for a discussion on two multi-museum teacher professional learning programs taking place in New York City and Los Angeles.  The Noguchi Museum will share their Teacher Think Tank and its goal of moving from a model in which museums teach teachers, to a model in which museum educators and teachers collaborate to create new knowledge and learn from each other. 

Collaborative Curation
Presenting Organizations: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Balboa Park Online Collaborative, Mingei International Museum

Increasingly, museum educators are being challenged to collaborate on interpretative gallery and web based projects. For most institutions, this represents a significant shift in traditional responsibilities and, in some cases, power dynamics. Educators from the Philadelphia Museum of Art will discuss two projects conducted in the summer of 2013 that curators and educators developed together. Staffers from the Balboa Park Online Collaborative will discuss their work to centralize collaborative, experimental technology projects in Balboa Park, including the Balboa Park Commons website. To round out the session, educators from the Mingei International Museum and San Diego State University will present a project which utilizes the skills of graphic design students in the creation of a family interactive guide.

Engaging the Artist Community
Presenting Organizations: The New Children’s Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts, Mingei International Museum, J. Paul Getty Museum

Collaborating with artists to explore art museum collections and engage with visitors truly brings art to life. In this session, educators discuss working with artists in and out of the museum. Educators from the J. Paul Getty Museum discuss extended collaborations with contemporary artists as part of its Getty Artists Program.  Representatives from The New Children’s Museum discuss the collaborative efforts and shortfalls which come into play when commissioning artists to create interactive art installations. Finally, staff from the Museum of Photographic Arts and the Mingei International Museum shares their CARE (Collaborative Arts Resources in Education) program which engages local artists with underserved schools for in-depth residency programs.

At the heART of Learning – Museums and Medicine
Presenting Organizations: Cincinnati Art Museum, Lowe Art Museum

Today, art museum educators and the museums they represent are seeing the value in engaging with their larger community, including hospitals and medical students. In this session, educators from the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Lowe Art Museum explore the ins and outs of working with medical facilities to connect patients, their families and medical students with art to instruct, inspire, and heal.

Keeping Things Interesting - Innovative Methods for Docents and Student Guide Training
Presenting Organizations: Yale Center for British Art, Orange County Museum of Art

Keeping volunteer museum educators and student guides engaged and excited with museum collections can be an ongoing challenge for education staff. During this session, staff from the Orange County Museum of Art will share their remedy to keep docent training lively and interesting – the Monday Mashup. The Yale Center for British Art will discuss their Student Guide Program and how they have engaged Yale undergraduates to work closely with the museum’s collection. 

Focus on Families
Presenting Organizations: Crocker Art Museum, Columbus Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Yale Center for British Art

Families come in all shapes, sizes, and interest levels. Educators from the Yale Center for British Art will present Exploring Autism a consultation with the Yale Child Study Center which collaborates with families who self-select to participate through various local and regional Autism Advocacy Organizations. Educators from four other art museums - The Crocker Art Museum, Columbus Museum of Art, The Dallas Museum of Art, and The Denver Art Museum - explore a two-year conversation centered on family programming and cultivating family audiences. Session presenters share insights on redefining family audiences, authentically serving communities, and navigating the sweet spots between content, process, and creativity.

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