2019 Conference Registration

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Changing the Narrative, CAM 2019 in San Francisco, CA

San Francisco
EARLY BIRD DEADLINE - NOVEMBER 30, 2018
PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE - JANUARY 23, 2019

Registration and Refund Policies
CAM offers a generous transfer policy for individuals who find they can no longer attend the conference as planned. If you'd like to transfer your registration to another individual, please reach out to CAM's Administrative Coordinator at admin@calmuseums.org

  • For cancellations greater than 60 days before the conference date, a full refund less a $25 processing fee is offered.
  • For cancellations between 30-59 days prior to the event, half of the registration may be refunded.
  • For cancellations less than 30 days before the event, no refund may be provided.

We understand that emergencies occur and situations may arise. In situations of medical and family emergencies, CAM will do our best to provide a refund less a $25 processing fee. Documentation may be requested and we kindly ask that this policy not be abused.

Program contributors
Program contributors (both facilitators and speakers) are required to register for the conference in order to participate. By serving as a program contributor you'll receive 50% off of regular conference registration rates. If your program is accepted, you'll receive a special registration discount code when the program has been finalized. The discount code will be entered at checkout. Actual pricing will depend on member status and your registration selection.

Questions
If you have questions about conference registration, please contact CAM's Administrative Coordinator at admin@calmuseums.org.

Additional program items (events, workshops, tours) can be added to a registration at any time.  Activities may have a limited number of tickets and are first come, first served. Keep an eye on CAM social media for announcements about program item details and registration.

When
2/7/2019 9:00 AM - 2/9/2019 6:00 PM

Program - Changing the Narrative

   
Description
Explore the art and science of California’s original inhabitants in this interactive workshop with fun, hands-on activities and practical takeaways for including Native Voice in any museum. Work with Tribal Museums to learn traditional ways of knowing, such as cosmology and engineering, and leave with innovative ideas for incorporating Native Voice into your institution, regardless of its discipline.
Category
Workshop
Track
Public Programs
Time
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
2/7/2019 9:00 AM



Public narrative is a personal leadership practice that draws on original stories and experiences to help authentically connect with others. You will learn about, develop, and practice your stories of self, of us, and of now, in order to motivate your community to collective action based on shared values. This presentation is especially useful for marketing, external communications, team management, and fundraising.
Category
Workshop
Track
External Affairs
Time
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
2/7/2019 9:00 AM



The Story Summit brings together expert storytellers and teachers for a day-long exploration of museum storymaking through presentations, discussions, and provocative stories. Listen to powerful narratives and analyze the elements of what makes a good story. Special support for this event comes from the Helzel Family Foundation and the JFKU Museum Studies Program.
Category
Workshop
Track
Public Programs
Time
9:00 AM - 2:45 PM
2/7/2019 9:00 AM



This interactive workshop trains you in the Museum4Inclusion model, born at the California Academy of Sciences. The initiative, based on the Academy’s successful career pathway program for individuals with developmental disabilities, is designed to meet any organization’s needs regardless of size or readiness. Come learn the steps to increase the number of individuals with disabilities in your workforce.
Category
Workshop
Track
Museum Operations
Time
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
2/7/2019 10:00 AM



Join California Historical Society's Managing Curator, Erin Garcia, for an exploration of its exhibition, Boomtowns: How Photography Shaped Los Angeles and San Francisco from the California Historical Society Collection. Learn how CHS designs exhibitions that come directly from its archival collections, and view rarely seen archival collections in the library, after the tour.
Category
Tour
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2/7/2019 10:00 AM



“Why evaluate,” you ask? Because ticket sales and attendance figures don’t tell the whole story. Evaluation provides insight into how visitors experience your institution’s programs, the real reasons why teachers sign up for tours, and how to boost employee morale. This workshop is a beginner’s guide for anyone interested in conducting evaluative projects.
Category
Workshop
Track
Public Programs
Time
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
2/7/2019 10:00 AM



Managing a library of digital photos produced by or for an institution with little to no specialized archive support or IT services is a huge challenge. This workshop presents small-scale solutions to organizing your image files so that you can retrieve them readily and well as addressing the critical need for proper backup of your image archive.
Category
Workshop
Track
Multidisciplinary
Time
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
2/7/2019 10:00 AM



At SFMOMA, we put artists at the center of the conversation to understand how they make their works of art and how the works may change and evolve over time. As a pioneer in the field of contemporary art conservation, we’re excited to share our work with other museums. Take a look behind the scenes at our workroom and conservation studio in the new SFMOMA.
Category
Tour
Track
Collections
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
2/7/2019 10:30 AM



Join us to experience our jewel of a national park, nestled along San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, You will be surprised and inspired as you are immersed in the rich history of the park, with behind-the-scenes Presidio stories and visits to our museum, archaeology lab and cultural sites. Hear from Presidio Trust staff about our innovative programs for all ages, celebrating the park’s richly diverse nature and culture. From the adobe walls and cannons of the Spanish colonial fort to the contemporary sculptures of renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy, from world-class dining and cultural events to pristine nature from forest to ocean, the Presidio offers something for everyone. The tour is free, but there will be time to purchase lunch (and amazing margaritas) at our restaurant Arguello.
Category
Tour
Track
Multidisciplinary
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
2/7/2019 10:30 AM



Quiet Spaces: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Collaborative Exhibitions - In this behind-the-scenes tour of Quiet Spaces: Picturing Sanctuary in the Illustrated Book (an exhibition collaboratively curated by University of San Francisco Museum Studies graduate students on USF's campus), participants will hear from the professor, student curators, in-house lender, and gallery director to explore the complexities and lessons learned from this two-tiered, collaborative and partnered process. We will discuss ways to develop a coherent, high-caliber exhibition with multiple voices as well as what is at stake for the institutional partners. Participants will visit USF's Thacher Gallery and Donohue Rare Book Room. The tour and discussion will be followed by a box lunch in the gallery.
Category
Tour
Time
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2/7/2019 11:00 AM



A project to transform the Asian Art Museum with new exhibition space and refreshed collection galleries is now underway after several years' planning. Meet Chief Curator Laura Allen for a tour of the museum that highlights the many ways that the museum is changing, with an insider's view of the decision-making process that led us to this point.
Category
Tour
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2/7/2019 11:00 AM



This is a tour of the first traveling exhibition to reflect the full breadth of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s unparalleled permanent collection. Curated by Connie Choice, the exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with contributions from Kellie Jones, Thelma Golden and Connie H. Choi. Rather than aiming to construct a single history of “black art,” the exhibition, like the Museum itself, will emphasize plurality, including multiple approaches to and reflections on art created by artists of African descent. With approximately 60 works in all media, the exhibition includes well-known artists such as David Hammons, Mickalene Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley, and reintroduces artists such as Derrick Adams, William T. Williams, and Alma Thomas. This exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and The Studio Museum in Harlem.
Category
Tour
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2/7/2019 11:00 AM



Explore how the Asian Art Museum managed challenges from an aging security infrastructure and a challenging urban environment. This tour will include camera and alarm system upgrades, environmental improvements, changes in staffing expectations, and collaboration with external partners. These changes and upgrades have helped to reduce risk to the staff, visitors, collections, and the building
Category
Tour
Track
Museum Operations
Time
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2/7/2019 1:00 PM



Join us at the 2019 CAM Welcome Reception for light bites and some drinks as we reunite with old friends and make some new ones, too.  Registration $1 with early bird.  $15 after December 1, $25 on site.
Category
Events
Time
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
2/7/2019 4:00 PM



San Francisco has long been held as a socially progressive city rooted in tight knit communities.  Tonight, join CAM attendees in the Yerba Buena district on a progressive evening through four museums where you'll see world class art, explore important social issues, and see how community makes this all possible.  Begin with appetizers and end with dessert as you connect with colleges and explore exhibits.  This is an event you won't want to miss.
Category
Events
Time
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
2/7/2019 5:30 PM



Have you been grappling with issues in your collection and need advice or a sounding board? This dialogue lunch will provide ideas and advice for tackling your complicated collections problems.
Category
Dialogue Lunch
Track
Collections
Time
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
2/8/2019 11:45 AM



Join Mia Cariño of the Skirball Cultural Center for a discussion over lunch on the complexities of crisis communications and what the Skirball learned about communicating with staff, volunteers, the press, the public, donors, and others when the Skirball Fire broke out in December 2017. Bring questions and suggestions for best practices!
Category
Dialogue Lunch
Track
External Affairs
Time
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
2/8/2019 11:45 AM



It's Play Time: An Investigation of Open-Ended Experiences for the Grown-Up Museum Visitor - What is open-ended play and how can you use it to connect grown-up museum visitors to content? Using research gathered from the National Institute for Play, interviews with numerous artists, engineers, and designers, and a diverse array of case studies, this lunch discussion encourages conversation on how adults also benefit from interactive, hands-on, immersive exploration in museums.
Category
Dialogue Lunch
Track
Public Programs
Time
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
2/8/2019 11:45 AM



NAGPRA can serve as a wonderful way to build relationships with Native American communities. Have questions about NAGPRA and your institution? Join Ileana Maestas, Tribal Liaison for California State Parks, for a dialogue lunch about museums and NAGPRA. Please bring your questions, experiences, and concerns to discuss with your peers.
Category
Dialogue Lunch
Track
Collections
Time
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
2/8/2019 11:45 AM



Dine and dialogue about small museums and build your network. This dialogue lunch will cover topics, questions, and issues facing the small museum and provide the opportunity to network with peers.
Category
Dialogue Lunch
Track
Multidisciplinary
Time
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
2/8/2019 11:45 AM



Changing the Narrative for Narrators: Unionizing Museum Education - At any given moment, museum educators are responsible for sharing collections knowledge for the immediate understanding of any member of the public. As the field moves away from docents, it is time to unionize in order to afford museum educators the same rights as their similarly qualified colleagues. Come together to discuss the possibilities.
Category
Dialogue Lunch
Track
Programs
Time
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
2/8/2019 11:45 AM



Dialogue Lunch: Taking the Stress Out of Volunteer Performance Feedback - Providing performance feedback can create anxiety for anyone. Come and share your experiences, what works and what doesn't. We'll talk about fundamental elements to lay the groundwork for taking some of the stress out of this necessary and inevitable task: sound policies, clear expectations, and tangible tools to frame feedback sessions.
Category
Dialogue Lunch
Track
Museum Operations
Time
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
2/8/2019 11:45 AM



Join us at the 2019 Directors Dinner held at the Ortega Ballroom at the Presidio Officers' Club.  The Officers' Club features of stunning ballroom with panoramic views toward San Francisco Bay.  Program TBA.  Open to senior level managers and Directors only.
Category
Events
Time
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
2/8/2019 6:00 PM