MCN 2019

Recaps and reflections on #MCN2019

Conference attendees enjoy an evening at the San Diego Natural History Museum

 

Every year, the conference comes and goes in what seems like a blur. Filled with thought-provoking sessions, fun evening events and hallway conversations with friends and colleagues, the conference is like drinking from a firehose of #musetech and #musesocial awesomeness. Sometimes, you need some time to process all of the amazing work you and your colleagues have shared with each other. You may also need time to decompress and reflect on the year that passed to get ready for what’s next.

#MCN2019 was no different and we are happy to see the many tweets and posts coming out of this year’s conference. Below we’ve tried to compile most of them but if we’ve missed anyone please do slide into our DMs and let us know!

Lori Byrd-McDevitt’s “5 a.m. airport thoughts on community, self-care, and the ever-supportive culture of Museum Computer Network”

 

Rachel Ropeik’s “Sustaining and Maintenance: Reflections on MCN2019 (aka MCN should always be in San Diego) “

 

Jeremy aka Porchrates on twitter dot com with, “MCN 2019 San Diego thoughts from the cool rock wall at the conference hotel”

 

Seema Rao’s “To my conference friends 2019”

And now for a little art break from @thisisaaronland 

 

 

A thread by Chad Weinard

 

And finally a word from our new President.

Thanks Mr. President, here’s the link to the survey!
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Drumroll: the MCN 2019 program is live!

 

That’s right: after reviewing proposals and solving the puzzle that is the conference schedule, we’re thrilled to announce that the MCN 2019 program is now live: view program and schedule here.

Congratulations to all our presenters. They bring a variety of themes, topics, and formats that will surely make for both an exciting conference and impact on our sector. 

This year, in addition to searching the program by speaker, date, etc., you can also search by track. Content, experience, systems, strategy, and evaluation—each track describes session’s primary theme. MCN’s SIGs endorsed sessions, as well. Check them out: 

  • Data & Insights: Data governance, ethics and privacy
  • Digital Asset: Designing DAMS for Storytelling
  • Digital Imaging: High-quality Imaging in Small Museums: Making It Possible
  • Human-Centered Design SIG: Designing through Centering: A Community Engaged Approach
  • Educational & Interpretive Media: One Size Does Not Fit All: Turning Constraints into Opportunities
  • Intellectual Property: Open Access 2.0: Rethinking Open Access
  • Information Technology: So many files! Structuring the Lifecycle of User Files in a Museum Network Environment (on-prem and cloud)
  • International Image Interoperability Framework SIG
  • Media Production and Branding: Heroes to Pixar: Strategies for Creating Stories Using Your Collections
  • Social Media: How to Avoid, Handle, and Recover from Burnout in Digital Communications
  • Strategy: When culture eats strategy, make sure it’s delicious

We’d also like to recognize the many contributions of the MCN 2019 Program Committee. They’ve dedicated hours to reviewing sessions, defining our theme, establishing tracks—and more. Thanks to their support and hard work, we are able to deliver a program we are truly proud of.

For questions about your session(s), and specifically change requests, please use the Program Change Request form (not email).

For questions about registration, email conference@mcn.edu. And now, make sure you register and book your hotel.

We’re counting down the days until San Diego!

 

Your MCN 2019 Conference Program co-chairs
Andrea Montiel de Shuman, Andrea Ledesma, and Eric Longo

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Get ready for a great program in San Diego!

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Hey MCNers!

The 2019 annual conference program is complete!

Andrea, Eric and I spent the first weekend of June in a dull meeting room at the Newark airport Hilton to build the program schedule for this year’s conference. The program will be available late June/early July. In the meantime, we wanted to share some behind-the-scenes moments and give you a sense of what to expect.

MCN2019 conf program volunteers

First, our gratitude to the MCN 2019 Program Committee members who thoughtfully reviewed and rated the first batch of 170+ sessions submitted during the April call for proposals.

The overall quality of proposals combined with fewer available session slots in the new conference blueprint, made the process highly competitive. To guide us through the day, we set a few ground rules to keep us on the same page for what we wanted the program to reflect. Nevertheless, we had to make some tough calls. Our deliberations were honest, respectful and always incredibly measured.

We experimented a bit by looking at the MCN experience holistically and distributed sessions carefully considering emotional engagement and brain exhaustion. We believe this approach will make room for enriching and candid moments during our time together in San Diego.

When we publish the program, pay close attention to Tuesday and Friday. You will notice that we intentionally saved some of the most interesting and promising conversations to keep you engaged from Tuesday morning to the last minute of the conference on Friday. Truly, you do not want to miss a thing.

Tonya Nelson

Tonya Nelson

On another note, we’re delighted to announce that Tonya Nelson will deliver the keynote address this year (she will also stay for the whole conference!). A self-defined ‘culture hunter’, Tonya has a long career in the cultural sector and recently joined Arts Council in England as its first Director of Arts Technology and Innovation. Tonya navigates questions across the metrocultural spectrum, seeking to make sense of why culture matters and how to use it to create a better society. Check out some of her writings and interviews.

In the end, we believe we put together a strong, innovative, inspiring program that reflects the key issues currently facing our sector while presenting a range of perspectives from a diversity of voices within our community and beyond. We can’t wait to share it with you and we sincerely hope that you’ll find it as inspiring as it was exciting for us to conceive.

So what’s next?
  • Expect to hear from us about the status of your session(s) by early next week.
  • Registration opens June 28 – as last year, 150 Early Bird tickets will be available, so make sure you grab one while they last!

Questions? Comments? Email us at program@mcn.edu.

We can’t wait to see you in San Diego!

 

Your MCN 2019 Conference Program co-chairs
Andrea Montiel de Shuman, Andrea Ledesma, and Eric Longo

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Well done on the 2019 submissions!

 

The 2019 Call for Proposals was a success!

You submitted over 150 proposals on a vast range of topics featuring a diverse pool of speakers that represent different perspectives and voices across the field. We felt encouraged to see how strongly you all responded to this year’s new session types: deep dives, field trips, and plenary panels. Thank you to all for being bold, for taking a risk and embracing change with so much enthusiasm. Your response is a testament to your creativity, your commitment to museums and each other. This is what makes our community so unique and powerful.

In addition, we received a wonderful number of scholarship and volunteer applications from a variety of museums and cultural institutions, both in the U.S. and overseas.

Andrea Ledesma, Carolyn Lagermasini, and I recently met in San Diego for a site visit. We’re happy to report that the conference areas at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa are not only gorgeous, but also accessible and easy to navigate. Walking through the space, we could almost feel and hear the buzz of your interactions as you challenge each other and drive our field forward.

So what’s next? The Program Committee members are almost finished reviewing your proposals. Join us in giving them a big shout out for their efforts! Expect to be notified about your submissions, scholarships and volunteer applications in June. Stay tuned!

Eric Longo, Andrea Ledesma, and I will be meeting soon to build the program. We’re excited to craft a schedule with a sensible distribution of sessions that appeals to you all, reflects this year’s theme, and supports MCN’s mission.

Save-the Date: registration opens June 28 with the same rates as last year. Only 150 Early Bird tickets will be available. So don’t delay—register and make your travel arrangements soon!

When we started working on this year’s program back in January, we knew we wanted to design a new kind of conference experience. Based on what we’ve seen so far,  MCN 2019 is going to be incredible. We can’t wait to see you there!

Questions? Comments? Email us at program@mcn.edu. Best,

 

Your MCN 2019 Conference Program co-chairs
Andrea Montiel de Shuman, Andrea Ledesma, and Eric Longo

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MCN 2019 Call for Proposals Submission Requirements

 

The Call for Proposals for the MCN 2019 annual conference will be open April 1-30. Given the various (and often quite substantial) changes we’re making to the overall process and more specifically to some session types, we thought we’d share the submission requirements ahead of April 1 so you have some time to familiarize yourself with what’s new.

We look forward to seeing your proposals!

If you have any questions, email program@mcn.edu. We will get back to you as soon as we can.

MCN 2019 Theme: Interface: Communities + Museums

For MCN 2019, we invite proposals that will explore the ways technology, platforms, and communities interface in museums. Often we create devices and design experiences to connect with audiences. We build networks with users and systems. We devise and revise channels to overcome obstacles. Bringing people, technology, and collections together, these interfaces are rich with challenges and opportunities that are worth exploring. Let’s look into the many ways communities and museums intertwine, face challenges, and adapt. What platforms—human and technological—have made museums more responsive? How does collaboration factor into innovation? What interfaces most impact your institution and benefit your community?

Interfacing—in all its forms—will anchor the general conversations at the conference; however, we welcome proposals on whatever topic is meaningful to you. Envisioning a world in which all museums are empowered digitally to achieve their missions, MCN wants to hear from you how making technology choices empowers you in your work.

That said, we also welcome proposals on whatever topic is meaningful to you at the moment.

Session Types

PLENARY PANELS — NEW!

Starting this year, in addition to the traditional Opening Plenary Keynote on Wednesday morning, we are adding two Panel discussions in plenary format on Thursday and Friday morning. Bringing everyone together at the start of the day will be an opportunity to listen, reflect, and participate in a moderated discussion around important sector-wide issues.

As organizer of the Plenary Panel, you serve as moderator, leading a discussion about your topic with three to five panelists. You will foster a dialogue by encouraging conversations and leading a Q&A with the audience.

Duration

60 or 75 minutes

Submission requirements

  • Description: A Plenary Panel proposal should describe the structure or format of the session and the underlying issues or themes to be discussed. Identify some key questions that will either be addressed by your panel or in feedback from the audience.
  • Topic/Theme: In selecting a theme, make sure that it’s broad enough to be of interest to the entire audience. Consider sector-wide issues that affect museums as whole or general technology trends.
  • Panelists: Panel organizers should have prior experience leading and moderating interactive group sessions. Diversity among panelists is important to the success of the session. Your proposal should demonstrate how your panelists bring different voices and multiple perspectives. You and your panelists should also recognize the need for advance preparation.
  • Outcomes: In a few words, outline the key outcomes you expect for attendees: “After attending this session, participants will be able to…”

DEEP DIVES — NEW!

Deep Dives are designed as “roll up your sleeves” experiences. They are an opportunity to brainstorm on challenges or specific issues affecting the sector or focus on particular practice areas from multiple perspectives. All Deep Dives should aim to explore novel approaches to a given topic and create a space that welcomes and amplifies a multitude of perspectives. They may or may not identify potential solutions to a given challenge. As Deep Dive organizer, you will design and facilitate the session.

Duration

90 or 120 minutes

Capacity

At least 20 participants, maximum 30.

Sign-up required & No extra fee

Due to limited capacity, attendees will be required to sign up for a Deep Dive when they register for the conference. Spots are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. All Deep Dives are included in the cost of registration. No additional fees will be charged to those who sign up.

Submission requirements

  • Description: A Deep Dive proposal should describe the topic, theme, issues or challenges that you intend to address, the overall structure of the session, and the types of activities you will use to engage attendees.
  • Presenters: Deep Dive organizers and co-presenter(s) should have prior experience leading and moderating interactive group sessions and recognize the need for advance preparation.
  • Outcomes: Brainstorming activities are the primary drivers for Deep Dives. Outline anticipated outcomes for your session and/or the learning objectives you have for participants. Detail the methods you intend to employ that will help your group investigate a topic, develop new understandings, and connect with each other.

30 & 60-MINUTE SESSIONS

30 and 60-minute sessions are the core of the conference program. They allow presenters and attendees alike to investigate issues related to and/or inspired by the conference theme.

30-minute sessions are best suited towards short presentations and case study on the field. They typically contain 20 minutes of content and 10 minutes of discussion or Q&A. Note that only three speakers may participate in a single 30-minute session, and the program may group sessions together to create an hour-long session around a common topic.

60-minute sessions can accommodate panels, professional forums, and hands-on demonstrations. Propose a 60-minute session if you have more to share about the project or lots to discuss with panelists. No more than five speakers may participate in a single 60-minute session.

Duration

30 or 60 minutes

Submission Requirements

  • Description: A 30 & 60-minute session proposal should describe the structure or format of the session, the underlying issues or themes to be discussed. Identify some key questions that will either be addressed by your panel or in additional questions from the audience.
  • Topic/Theme: In selecting a theme for the 30 & 60-Minute Session, make sure to describe the topic, theme, issues or challenges that you intend to address.
  • Panelists: Diversity among panelists is important to the success of the session. Your proposal should demonstrate how your panelists will offer different voices and multiple perspectives. When confirming your panelists, they must also recognize the need for advance preparation.  
  • Outcomes: In a few words, describe the key outcomes for attending this session: “After attending this session, participants will be able to…”

WORKSHOPS

Led by a presenter with specific knowledge on and expertise in a particular topic or practice area, Workshops are in-depth, hands-on sessions. They’re designed to impart a highly focused and defined “know-how,” such as a new methodologies, updates on specific content or practice areas, introductions to new techniques, or refreshers on one or more skill sets.

Duration

90 or 120 minutes

Note that this year, Workshops will be scheduled Tuesday, Thursday, and possibly Friday morning.

Sign up required & Additional fees

Workshops are optional sessions. Attendees must sign up for their workshop of choice at registration and pay an additional fee to participate.

Minimum enrollment requirement

For Workshops to run, we require a minimum enrollment of 3 attendees per workshop. We will monitor enrollment for all accepted workshops from July through October, promoting individual workshops to increase enrollment as needed. MCN reserves the right to cancel workshops that fail to meet the minimum enrollment requirement. If necessary, we will cancel workshops and notify organizers by mid-October.

Submission Requirements

  • Description: Workshop proposals should describe the topic you intend to cover, the overall structure of the session, as well as the types of activities or methodologies you will use to teach participants. Marketing pitches for commercial products or services are not allowed.
  • Organizers: Workshop organizers should have prior experience leading and moderating interactive group sessions and recognize the need for advance preparation.  
  • Learning objectives: Include 3 to 4 learning objectives for participants of your Workshop. Indicate the level of complexity and expertise of your workshop, i.e. whether it’s a beginner-level, intermediate, or advanced session.

FIELD  TRIPS

A conversation between museum technologists and local artists, Field Trips fuel critical dialogue and provocative conversations on art, ideas, and culture. They take attendees out of the conference bubble to explore local art spaces and engage with the artists and professionals from the host city’s robust creative community. Bring your brain and your voice!

Successful experiences are a synergy of four elements: the discussion topic; the venue in which it takes place; the participants drawn from the MCN museum technology community; the local cohort.

MCN will support organizers to reserve venues, draft schedules, contact local collaborators, and manage Field Trip groups.

Sign up required & Additional Fees

Field Trips are optional sessions. Attendees must sign up for their field trip of choice at registration and pay an additional fee to participate.

Duration

Half day

Submission Requirements

  • Discussion topic: What topic would be discussed? Hosts and attendees should expect to connect the conference with the projects and people at work in the host city. Proposals should include two prompts: a written prompt (with references as necessary) for participants to receive/review before the field trip and an “in-person” prompt for participants to discuss on site. The latter can be an adaption of the written prompt; both will frame the field trip experience.
  • Venue & Collaborators (Optional): Every trip is a site-specific opportunity to evolve perspectives and make connections across communities and disciplines. If you have ideas regarding collaboration with local practitioners and artists, as well as art spaces, or community organizations  please include them here. Otherwise, we’ll help you find a venue and partners for your field trip, if selected.
  • Intended Audience: Field Trips are community exchanges. Thinking of the museum technology community, what audience do you think will get the most out participating in the experience you are proposing? Please include information about practice area, experience/level, work role/function.
  • Session outcomes: In a few words, describe for the attendees the key outcomes for attending this session: “‘After attending this session, participants will be able to…”’

IGNITE TALKS

Ignite talks mark the start of the MCN conference. They are energizing and inventive,  thought-provoking and fast-paced. And we mean fast—presenters have five minutes to run through 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. A signature MCN experience since 2012, Ignite talks take place on Tuesday during the Ignite reception. All speakers must participate in a Tuesday afternoon rehearsal as well as the opening night reception.

Watch the MCN 2018 Ignite Presentations

This year marks an evolution of Ignite MCN. We invite presenters to offer their perspective on a central question. Additionally, MCN will enroll all Ignite presenters in the “MCN Ignite Academy”—a structured, mentoring process in the run up to the conference in which first timer presenters will be connected with past Ignite presenters and other seasoned professionals to offer encouragement, support, and feedback.

Duration

5 minutes, Tuesday, November 5

Submission Requirements

The MCN 2019 Ignite theme is: “Imagine the future of…” Your proposal should include:

  • Description: Describe the topic or provide a narrative summary of your talk. You can provide this as a bulleted list outlining your high-level talking points.
  • Commitment: Presenters agree to participate in the “MCN Ignite Academy” and attend four 1-hour virtual video conference calls over the summer to develop and refine their ideas and talks.

For questions or ideas about an Ignite proposal, please contact: Nik Honeysett at: nhoneysett@bpoc.org.

OTHER SESSION TYPES

Have an idea for something completely different? The MCN community is endlessly creative, and this is your opportunity to propose something outside of the box. While most presentations will fit into one of the formats above, we encourage innovative ideas.

Sessions submitted under the “Other” category in the past included but are not limited to:

  • Drop-in skillshare and DIY sessions to learn new skills for designing digital experiences (“DIY Digital Playground”)
  • Peer-advising sessions to collectively problem-solves workplace dilemmas and common issues in our field (“#MCNergy”)
  • Lounges to consult on projects and get a new perspective on collections (“UX Lounge” and “Slow looking room”)

All we ask is that you don’t just submit a proposal for a longer version of a typical session. Marketing pitches for commercial products or services are not allowed.

Submission Requirements

  • Description:  Other session proposals should describe the overall structure of the session, the topic you intend to cover, as well as the types of activities or methodologies you will use to teach and/or involve participants.
  • Session outcomes: In a few words, describe for the attendees the key outcomes for attending this session: “After attending this session, participants will be able to…”

You can also contact us at program@mcn.edu before submitting a proposal. We’d be happy to talk through your idea, considering space requirements, special equipment, participant capacity, and other details to help you put everything together.

Presenter Guidelines

Before you submit a proposal for any session type, please familiarize yourself with our Presenters Guidelines. This includes information about confirming your presentation, requesting program changes, registering for the conference, and more.

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Proposal Selection Criteria

When reviewing submissions, the Program Committee will evaluate them based on the following criteria:

  • Session purpose, intended objectives and learning ­outcomes are clearly stated.
  • The session has potential to be a significant contribution to MCN and the museum sector.
  • Organizer’s commitment to stimulate discussion at the conference is evident.
  • Overall relevance to what’s currently being talked about in the sector.
  • Relevance to the conference theme, although proposals not specifically anchored in the theme will be equally reviewed.

Proposals with the following characteristics will be favored:

  • Those invested in cross-collaborations.
  • Variety of presenters in various roles and seniority levels.
  • Diversity of voices and perspectives.
  • Presenters from traditionally underrepresented groups and/or minority or marginalized backgrounds.
  • Variety of institution types.
  • Engaging formats that encourage dialogue among participants.
  • New and unique takes on familiar topics.
  • For-profit firms and vendors paired with museum partners.
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MCN 2019 Preview: Towards a new Conference Experience

 

No two MCN annual conferences are ever the same. Year after year, we review the feedback from the last conference to shape the next one. The changes we make are always important but not necessarily noticeable to most attendees. This year however, the suggestions led us to rethink the standard blueprint of the schedule, resulting in some significant alterations to what you’ve been accustomed to in past conferences.

In planning for MCN 2019, we prioritized the following takeaways as they emerged at the top of the list from last year’s conference feedback:

  • Too many concurrent and conflicting sessions left many feeling overwhelmed and frustrated that they couldn’t make sessions they really wanted to be at (we’ve been hearing this for a long time);
  • A desire to consider fewer but stronger and more varied sessions overall;
  • More shared experiences, more participatory and interactive conversations;
  • More hands-on, ‘How-to’ type sessions as well as workshops throughout the week;
  • A user-friendly program schedule to make it easier for attendees to select what they want to attend;
  • More time for socializing and networking, as always;
  • A need to reconsider Friday, as attendance tends to erode fast translating into very low turnouts in sessions scheduled that day, which is unfair to these presenters.

We heard you. We’re making important changes to the program as a result. But first, the theme.

“Interface: Communities + Museums”

The first order of business for the Program Committee is to look for predominant issues affecting the sector to define a theme. Following a vigorous debate among all the members of the Program Committee, Melissa Mair and Seema Rao distilled the various viewpoints into a simple formula: “Interface: Communities + Museums”.

For MCN 2019, we invite proposals that will explore the ways technology, platforms, and communities interface in museums. Often we create devices and design experiences to connect with audiences. We build networks with users and systems. We devise and revise channels to overcome obstacles. Bringing people, technology, and collections together, these interfaces are rich with challenges and opportunities that are worth exploring. Let’s look into the many ways communities and museums intertwine, face challenges, and adapt. What platforms—human and technological—have made museums more responsive? How does collaboration factor into innovation? What interfaces most impact your institution and benefit your community?

Interfacing—in all its forms—will anchor the general conversations at the conference; however, we welcome proposals on whatever topic is meaningful to you. Envisioning a world in which all museums are empowered digitally to achieve their missions, MCN wants to hear from you how making technology choices empowers you in your work.

However, we also welcome proposals on whatever topic is meaningful to you at the moment.

What’s new?

Arrive early, leave earlier!

This year, we’re starting the conference slightly earlier, offering more experiences on Tuesday afternoon. The conference will also end at lunchtime on Friday, giving you plenty of time to make your flight home, or extend your stay in San Diego 🏖.

New session types and a more diverse schedule

Perhaps the most dramatic change—you’ll notice a more varied program schedule. We are mixing session types to stimulate conversations and create more networking opportunities. While Tuesday will still play host to a number of tours and workshops, we’ll spread out more workshops over 3 days. Find one to attend, even if you can’t get there on Tuesday morning.

Let’s start each day together: Plenary Panels

In addition to the traditional Keynote address on Wednesday morning, we’ll start Thursday and Friday morning with panel discussions and Q&As in a plenary format, and a morning brief to update attendees of the days’ events. By gathering all the attendees together at the start of each day, we look to get everyone on the same page and generate discussions about topics affecting the sector at large.

Improved, user-friendly program schedule

To help you navigate sessions, all sessions will be 1) assigned a primary and a secondary track (out of five: Content, Experience, Strategy, Systems, Evaluation), and 2) labeled with several tags. These tags include practice related tags (e.g. AI, interpretation, social media, DAM, etc.) and event ones (e.g. Chatham House Rule, SIG-sponsored, etc.). You’ll also find ‘Session Outcomes’ listed on the program. Together we hope these changes help you curate your own conference schedule.

You asked for it—get ready for Deep Dives

You asked for more hands-on, interactive and participatory experiences. So we’re prototyping a new session type called ‘Deep Dive’. Deep Dives are facilitated extended sessions designed to be stimulating, interactive, and hands-on and are open to call for proposals. They offer an opportunity for attendees to think and learn more deeply about a particular topic or skill with your peers. All Deep Dive sessions are scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Space is limited and requires advance sign-up (but at no extra charge!). Deep Dives will take place onsite at the hotel and we’re working on making one happen at a local museum (More to come on that).

Social and networking events

The new program will also feature a number of new opportunities for attendees to catch-up and connect. Tuesday afternoon will host the traditional Welcome Session, as well as other open-house type sessions for attendees to learn more about MCN and network with others in the field. Vendors can also join the conversation. We’re moving the Museum Reception to Thursday evening instead of Tuesday, so we can spend more time in the Sponsor Hall to connect with vendors and colleagues during the ‘Vendors’ Happy Hour’.

Enhanced DEAI accommodations

Given MCN’s strategic commitment to embed Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion in everything it does, we’ll continue to expand accommodations around DEAI at the conference. These include gender neutral bathrooms, pronoun options, acknowledgements of local tribes, improved accessibility guidelines, ensuring our Friendly Space Policy is conspicuously displayed, and more.

The Classics

The program will continue to feature many of your favorite sessions: Workshops, Keynote and 30 and 60 minute sessions, as well as the ability to submit other session types.

And of course, Ignite MCN, a staple since 2012, though this year, we’ll be asking Ignite speakers to share their unique perspective around a central theme or question—one topic, multiple perspectives. We believe this approach will make for a more cohesive and engaging experience.

 

So there you are. We hope you’ll be as excited as we are about the changes we’re making for the November conference and that you’ll feel inspired to submit proposals. As always, Call for Proposals for MCN 2019 will be open from April 1 through April 30.

Stay tuned for a more comprehensive post to be published here by March 22, in which we will explain each session type and submission requirements for MCN 2019.

Lastly, join us in thanking the members of this year’s Conference Program Committee for their time, enthusiasm and invaluable contributions: we couldn’t pull this together without them.

 

Andrea Ledesma, Andrea Montiel de Shuman, and Eric Longo
Co-Chairs, MCN 2019 Conference Program Committee

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Happy New Year from your 2019 Conference Program Co-Chairs!

Believe it or not, work is already underway for MCN 2019. I’m pleased to share that we had many outstanding applicants for the two Conference Program Co-Chair positions. From these, we’ve recruited Andrea Ledesma and Andrea Montiel de Shuman, who will serve as Co-Chairs for MCN 2019 and 2020. Both Andreas bring a wealth of professional experiences, deep involvement in the MCN community, and fresh ideas for innovating the conference program—learn more about them below.

Together, our “A-Team” will draw from our engagement in the sector and the community’s feedback from 2018 to facilitate a rigorous, engaging, and inclusive program for the 2019 conference.

Want to be involved in MCN 2019? We are seeking applications for the 2019 Conference Program Committee through Sunday, January 13, 2019. (You can apply here!) This essential group of professional volunteers establishes the MCN conference theme, identifies a keynote speaker, and evaluates session proposals. All of these activities are performed asynchronously online with proposal evaluations occurring in the first weeks of May.

Questions? Email program@mcn.edu.

—Adrienne Lalli Hills, MCN 2019 Conference Program Chair

Meet your Conference Program Co-Chairs

Adrienne Lalli Hills | @PrairieTrawler

Howdy, I’m Adrienne. In my spare time, I’m reading science nonfiction, experimenting with 1950s Jell-O mold recipes, and chasing a toddler around my home.

Presently I am the founding Manager of Exhibitions and Public Programs at ahha Tulsa. I work with artists to organize inclusive and accessible exhibitions and lead operations and pedagogy for a 2,600 sq ft arts-focused maker space and six community art studios. Working in a small, startup environment has been a fascinating change of pace from the previous positions I’ve held at larger institutions over the last decade.

In addition to serving as an MCN Program Co-Chair for the 2018 and 2019 conferences, I’m a member of the board of directors of the Museum Education Roundtable (publishers of the Journal of Museum Education) and Convening Chair for the Association of Art Museum Interpretation.

Andrea Ledesma | @am_ledesma

Andrea Ledesma headshot

Hello, I’m Andrea. As a public humanist and digital devotee, I’m fascinated with how digital technologies impact how we engage with history, culture, and each other.

Currently, I’m the Digital Content Coordinator at the Field Museum in Chicago. I support the maintenance of fieldmuseum.org and development of digital storytelling projects while keeping a keen eye on user experience and digital strategy. Before coming to the Field, I enjoyed working on digital projects for Brown University, the Tenement Museum, Digital Public Library of America, and National Park Service.

If not in a museum, I’m cooking up a new recipe, filling my head with pop culture, or continuing my search for the perfect bowl of noodles. I care deeply about the MCN community and am thrilled to serve as a program co-chair for MCN 2019. See everyone in San Diego!

Andrea Montiel de Shuman | @AndreaMontielS

Andrea Montiel de Schuman headshot

¡Hola!

I’m Andrea with the longer name, born and raised in Puebla, Mexico, where I grew up surrounded by music, colors, and museums.

As a Digital Experience Designer at the Detroit Institute of Arts, I lead public-facing digital experiences that help visitors find themselves in art. My favorite tasks are to collaborate with community advisors and user-test, teamed up with different departments, largely with the Interpretation team.

Lately, I’ve been interested in how digital innovation can help serve communities that museums can struggle with.

I am passionate about indigenous textiles, enjoy illustrating, watch anything from Studio Ghibli and hunt for new music & weird books.

MCN has been a wonderful family since I first attended, so it is an honor to now serve as Program co-chair for the next two conference cycles.

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