30th Annual Preconference
National Art Education Association
Museum Education Division

Designing for Transparency
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, followed by a wine reception from 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Chicago, IL


The Art Institute of Chicago

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago


Dana Mitroff Silvers
Dana is a design thinking facilitator and digital experience strategist with experience launching innovative products and services in organizations ranging from museums to tech startups. She runs a Bay Area-based consultancy, Designing Insights, and the website Design Thinking for Museums. She has worked with organizations ranging from the J. Paul Getty Trust to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on using human-centered design to rethink the user experience and service design of digital and analog products and programs. 

She is the former head of the web at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and is a frequent speaker at the Museums and the Web, Museum Computer Network, and American Alliance of Museums annual meetings. Dana was a design catalyst for Stanford Online’s first web-based course on Design Thinking, and she is a frequent coach at the Stanford d.school’s K-12 Lab.

Maryanna Rogers
Maryanna is an independent designer and social scientist currently based in San Francisco. Collaborating with researchers, non-profits, and cities, she creates experiences to support learning, connection, and well-being.  Working across media, she has developed exhibits, produced documentary videos, designed psycho-educational comic books, created curricula and media for research labs and public health NGOs, and has taught interdisciplinary design courses, spanning the fields of Psychology, Education, Behavioral Medicine, Public Health, Urban Design, and Civic Engagement. 

She received a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology, is the former Director of Innovation at The Tech Museum of Innovation, and now lectures at the Stanford d.school [Hasso Plattner Institute of Design] and works as an independent designer and design research consultant in the Bay Area and beyond. 

Ben Garcia
Ben Garcia is Deputy Director at The San Diego Museum of Man. In this role he serves as an advocate for education, visitor experience, exhibits, facilities and collections. His prior museum experience includes three years as Head of Interpretation at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, as well as administrative roles in the education departments of the J. Paul Getty Museum and Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. He serves on the leadership team at the Adoption Museum Project. His publications and presentations have focused on the public value of museums and their role as places of positive social change.


Registration Fee:
Convention Attendee: $99; Non-member: $125; NAEA Student/Preservice Member: $75

Questions? Please contact:
Michelle Grohe, NAEA Museum Education Division Director-Elect
(617) 278-5149 or mgrohe@isgm.org