AAM is Coming to Houston!

May 16, 2011

So what is AAM and why should you care?

In a nutshell, the American Association of Museums is the organization that accredits and supports all sorts of museums in the USA, along with many other programs that promote professional growth and education of museum workers.  It’s a fairly large organization and each year holds an annual meeting in a different city.  These meetings can bring as many as five thousand attendees to the host city.  And this year the AAM Annual Meeting is being held in our fair city!  It may not be the Quilt Convention or the OTC but it’s still a pretty big dang deal.

The meeting is usually three to four very full days of presentations, panel discussions, and workshops.  It’s both exhilarating and exhausting.

Get involved!

This year, AAM wants to invite the citizens of Houston to share insights and knowledge from the museum professional community.  These offerings are free to the public, most of them at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  If you’re interested in attending the meeting or just want to help out, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer.  For every four hours of service, volunteers receive a free one day pass to the conference. You can find a full listing of the public events and volunteer information here. Also, be sure to check out the free performances and exhibitions that will be taking place at Discovery Green Park, right across from the Convention Center, throughout the meeting.

George R Brown convention center
See you at the George R Brown for AAM!
George R Brown convention center by J Jackson Photography on Flickr.

Public Session

In particular I want to highlight a public session that is chaired by HMNS’ own Vice-President of Collections, Lisa Rebori, on Sunday afternoon May 22 from 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.  With panelists Amy Fulkerson, Collections Manager; Jill Whitten, Conservator; and Michelle White, Curator; this session, titled “Committed to Collections,” will delve into process of museum collections management.  You’ll hear the different perspectives that each collections professional brings to the care and maintenance of a museum collection.  There’ll be discussion of what distinguishes a museum collection from a personal collection.  And there will time for your questions.  (I’m betting that the conservator will receive the most inquiries.)  Below you’ll find the information and location of the session.  So please join us for the “Committed to Collections” session as well as the many other public offerings from AAM.  See you there!

Committed to Collections
Sunday May 22nd, 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
George R. Brown Convention Center, Room 360 E/F
Moderator: Lisa Rebori, Vice-President of Collections, Houston Museum of Natural Science
Amy Fulkerson, Collections Manager, The Witte Museum, San Antonio
Jill Whitten, Conservator, Whitten & Proctor Fine Arts, Houston
Michelle White, Curator, Contemporary Art, The Menil Collection, Houston

Authored By Donna Meadows

Despite many childhood visits to HMNS, Donna was clueless that she would have a career here as a registrar instead of as a world famous ballerina. She has worked so long in the Collections Department that it must be more than a quirky, passing phase. When not processing new acquisitions into the permanent collections, peppering the curators with questions, or making people put on gloves, Donna can be found in a dance class, a bell tower, at a dance performance, or reading a book.

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