InterActivity 2017 Emerging Museums Pre-Conference

Tuesday, May 2 • 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Pre-registration is required; Member registration is $225; Nonmember registration is $325. This event is limited to staff at emerging museums and individuals starting a children's museum. Registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and materials.

Starting a children's museum brings together passion that inspires its founding with a vision for how the museum will serve the educational, social, or cultural needs of a community. To be successful and sustainable, it's important to marry enthusiasm with sound business practices and a commitment to excellence. Designed especially for those in the start-up process, this annual pre-conference addresses critical topics and common questions that arise while navigating steps in planning a children's museum. Learn from those who've gone before you and network with peers.

Preliminary Agenda

8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.    

8:30 a.m.–8:45 a.m.

8:45 a.m.–9:15 a.m.
Through interactive exercises, attendees will meet one another and connect with those in similar stages of planning.

9:15 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Perspectives from New Museums
No two children's museums are planned the same way. However, much can be learned from those who have gone before. Hear from leaders of recently opened children's museums—two in the U.S. and one in Bulgaria.

10:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Funding for Startups
From seed funding to capital campaigns, this session will cover the different phases of raising funds to begin and build a new children's museum.

12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m.
Lunch and Networking

12:45 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
ACM Resources
Learn about ACM resources that are especially valuable to those starting a children's museum.

1:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m.
Learning Environments
At the core of children's museums are their learning experiences and environments. This session will delve into exhibits, programs, community outreacyh, etc., that distinguish the field.

2:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Staffing for Success
During the start-up process, museums will transition from a board-run to a staff-run organization. Decision strategies for what staff is needed and when will be covered as well as organizational structures.

3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Building and Sustaining Community Relationships
Presenters will share strategies for making initial connections and sustaining relationships with community stakeholders, funders, and members of your target audience: children and families.

4:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Final Q&A and Closing