The May Drinking About Museums/Museums Show Off is fast approaching. There is still time sign up for a spot to speak, so if you’re thinking about conference session ideas for NEMA, or finishing up that interesting paper/thesis/dissertation and want to trot it our in front of an appreciative crowd, now is the time. Sign up here!
For those of you unfamiliar with the event, more details about Museums Show Off are here, and photos from our inaugural Show Off back in 2013 are here. We’d especially appreciate it if you invite your friends/colleagues/classmates. The more, the merrier, and it’s always good to come out and cheer on your fellow museum people for having the guts to get up and speak.
In addition to saying hello to new friends, we’ll be saying goodbye to some old ones. Jenn, Chris, and Alli have all conspired to seek new jobs and opportunities in other states and will be leaving us shortly. I, for one, will miss them sorely, not just for their co-conspiratorial prowess. Come by and wish them well and hear about their new adventures.
A Reminder to Show Off!
January 13 at 6 pm (Speakers begin at 7 pm)
Happy New Year!
Museums Show Off is tomorrow! There are still a couple slots for speakers if you are interested. Claim your spot today! Please email us with your name and topic if you are interested in signing up.
This month’s victims include:
- Nick Capasso, Fitchburg Art Museum
- Alli Rico, NEMA
- Katie Gilligan, Museum of Science
- Margaret Middleton, Boston Children’s Museum
- Lynn Baum, Turtle Peak Consulting
It’s not too late to join them!
What is Museums Show Off? It’s a chance for you to get up and talk about what ever museum project, subject, theory, or trend has you inspired, puzzled, or curious for what comes next. 9 minutes, slides if you want, a microphone, and YOU!
Location: We return to the Hong Kong
1238 Mass Ave in Cambridge
Hope to see you all there!
Ed, Jenn, & Alli
Last night was a fabulous time! The good folks at the Museum of Science pulled out all the stops to give 35 of their colleagues an in-depth look at the process behind making their next traveling exhibition: The Science Behind Pixar. Thanks to Emily Marsh, Mike Horvath, Alana Parkes, Katie Gilligan and the rest of the team for showing us what a really really really big and complicated show looks like from the inside.
Our next event will be Wednesday, December 9, 6 pm
Old North Church: Behind-the-scenes Tour
Arrive between 6 and 6:30 pm
6:30 pm – A behind-the-scenes tour of the Old North Church
7 pm – We will move next door to their social event space for drinks, snacks, and conversation.
We must limit participants to 40 people so please RSVP!
Last night’s joint DAM/NEMA advocacy event was a blast, despite the appalling traffic and gloomy weather. 35 folks descended (or ascended, I guess, since it’s on Beacon Hill) on the Nichols House Museum, courtesy of their Director, Victoria Glazomitsky and her staff, to have a private tour of the museum and a primer from Meg Winikates and Dan Yaeger of NEMA on how to advocate with your state representatives.
You should take a tour next time you’re on Beacon Hill. It’s a great way to understand what went on behind the shiny front doors of Beacon Hill in the 19th and 20th centuries.
We followed it up with a trip down the Hill to Harvard Gardens where the merriment continued late into the evening.
The Big News
As part of our continuous improvement process, the lean, agile DAM trio (Alli Rico, Jenn Schmitt, and Ed Rodley) did a reconnaissance trip to Redbones a couple of weeks ago. We’re always looking for ways to improve your experience, especially if it means hanging out and eating barbecue! We combined our lists of places we want to go and folks who’ve asked us to host a DAM, and put together a tentative schedule for the next eight months! Phone calls will be going out soon, so if your museum is on the list, be on the lookout! Drinking About Museums is coming for you! We’ll add dates as we confirm venues.
Drinking About Museums got a great shout out in this WBUR piece this morning. Check it out!
Improv, and Drinking About Museums. What could be a better combination? Not much, it turns out. Jen Oleniczak, of the Engaging Educator, was there to talk about improv, and of course, to make us all get up and do stuff. She laughs a lot, and is even more of a hoot in person than she is online.
She brought swag, too.
The NEMA YEPs were out in force with swag, courtesy of Monika.
As always, there were new and old faces, and it was so entertaining I entirely forgot to take pictures of than these two, later in the night.
Join us on Monday, June 22 with special guest Jen Oleniczak, a.k.a. @TheEngagingEd and founder of theengagingeducator.com
Again, if anyone has suggestions of a new location that doesn’t mind a crowd that can range from 8 – 40 people and has a bar, we’d love to hear it. Or if you are interested in hosting the gang at your museum followed by a visit to a local establishment, please let us know.
Hope to see you there!
Ed, Jenn & Alli
Come one, come all!
The Hong Kong
Again, if anyone has suggestions of a new location that doesn’t mind a crowd that can range from 8 – 40 people and has a bar, we’d love to hear it. Or if you are interested in hosting the gang at your museum, we’d love to hear it.
Hope to see you in May!
Ed, Jenn & Alli