Over the past few months we’ve been thrilled with the response to Creativity in Museum Practice. The most heartening part is that museum professionals are telling us it’s already making a difference: they’re boosting or renewing their own creative practices, talking to co-workers about creativity, and taking steps forward in their work. We love talking to colleagues about creativity–hearing your stories, answering your questions, strategizing your creative challenges–because our goal all along was not just to write a book and call it a day, but to start a creative museums movement that would spread throughout the field. So with that in mind, here are a few upcoming opportunities to engage with us and with creative museum practice:
If you’re attending the American Alliance of Museums conference in Seattle May 18-21, please join us for one (or both) of our creativity events:
- We’re holding an informal creativity meet-up in the skybridge between the two halves of the Museum Expo (Level 4 of the Washington State Convention Center) from 4:00 to 5:00 on Monday, May 19. We’ll have creativity tattoos, art supplies to trick out your name badge, and fresh pressed juices from Evolution Fresh. Bring your creativity questions and meet other colleagues working to build creative museums.
- We’re signing books in the conference bookstore (Level 6, Washington State Convention Center) from 3:00 to 5:00 on Tuesday, May 20. Bring your own copy or buy one from the bookstore.
For folks in the Boston area, we’ll be holding a workshop and book signing, sponsored by the Boston Emerging Museum Professionals, at the USS Constitution Museum from 6:00 to 8:00 on Thursday, June 5. This event is a twofer: Anne Ackerson, co-author (with Joan Baldwin) of the recent Leadership Matters, will also be there signing books and talking museum leadership. Creativity + Leadership = Creative Leadership–what could be better?
If you can’t attend any of these events, have no fear–we’ve got a couple of new online resources to help you engage:
- Colleagues from across the country joined us on April 30 for a lunchtime webinar sponsored by the New England Museum Association. We were blown away by the level of interest and discussion–it was NEMA’s highest webinar participation to date. You can replay the hour-long webinar here.
- On April 4 Linda spoke about creative practice with Carol Bossert on her radio show The Museum Life. You can listen to the hour-long interview here.
Every day, you inspire us. Together we can build a creative museum field.