May 17 - Investigation Sessions

The four Investigation Sessions will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center.

9:00 a.m.—10:45 a.m.

Beyond the Brainstorm
To learn and grow alongside the kids and communities we serve, we're challenged to move at the speed of childhood. Children's Museums can deliver great play to our kids, faster, by engaging our full teams' talents, creating a culture where we can build on each other's ideas, and moving quickly to action. This session will focus on playful, practical ways to kick off meetings, generate ideas, and move quickly from pie in the sky to feasible plan. Creative teams from two children's museums and the Raleigh design community will share the design-thinking and open-source approaches that inspire their projects. They'll lead you through a fast-paced, fun practices round as you try out new techniques. Leave with resources you can use as soon as you return home to kick off your next project.

Pam Hartley, Marbles Kids Museum (moderator)
Michael Yankovich, Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Michelle Ward, Marbles Kids Museum
Aly Khalifa, Designbox

Birds of a Feather
Is your museum small, medium, or large? Find your flock using the ACM Museum Size chart and join us for one of three high energy sessions. The presenting museums will provide an overview of their institution, including operational facts and figures, as well as unique characteristics of their practices and/or business model. Presenters will engage in facilitated conversation and knowledge-sharing covering all the bases of museum practice, including programming, exhibits, funding, and more. The size categories are those introduced in 2017 via the ACM Trends Reports which draw from more than a decade of ACM member data. Attend the session that best applies to your museum.

1. Smal Museums
Stephanie Terry, Koch Family Children's Museum of Evansville (moderator)
Kathy Parham, The Children's Playhouse
Felipe Peña III, Children's Museum of Brownsville
Kelli Toohill, Wise Wonders Children's Museum

2. Medium Museums
Putter Bert, KidsQuest Children's Museum (moderator)
Marina Di Leva, Early Start Discovery Space
Jared Kannenberg, Family Museum
Mort Sajadian, PhD, Amazement Square
Jennifer Alexander, Kidcity Children's Museum

3. Large Museums
Joseph Cox, Museum of Discovery and Science (moderator)
Jane Werner, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
Deborah Gilpin, Madision Children's Museum
Elizabeth Rood, EdD, Bay Area Discovery Museum