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2009 Workshop Schedule

Monday, May 4 2009“Family Planning” (Museum Education I), National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Albuquerque

How can you design a successful program for families? How do you advertise to this audience effectively and then meet their needs once they arrive at your museum? This full day workshop will give you an overview of how families learn in a museum setting and help you design meaningful experiences at your own museum. Discussion will include broad criteria forserving intergenerational audiences, how to advertise appropriately, examples of laser light pen, and strategies for program evaluation. There will be time to develop concrete plans for how you can generate learning experiences for families at your own museum.


Thursday, May 14 20093-Day Workshop Extravaganza, May 14-16!  Museum Furniture Basics — You Can Do It!, Mount Making for the Easily Frustrated, and Mannequins Made Simple, Lamy Railroad and History Museum – Legal Tender Building, Lamy

These three hands-on workshops will deal with how to make simple museum furnishings with materials that you have on hand, what you need to know about making mounts for objects on display that will support and protect your objects from both deterioration and from theft, and how to make mannequins to show off items from your costume collections. You can take one of these workshops or all three – take your choice!


Monday, June 8 2009Working with Teachers and Schoolchildren (Museum Education II), Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces

Learn strategies for connecting to teachers and their students. Figure out ways to engage teachers through curriculum guides, advisory panels, and field trip options. Address how to work effectively with students through scavenger hunts and discovery guides, guided tours, and hands-on activities. Topics will include state standards and decoding the alphabet soup of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). The workshop will also include a special session on working with kids in out-of-school time through Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, after-school programs, and preschool programs.


Monday, June 29 2009Risk Management and Disaster Planning, Lamy Railroad and History Museum – Legal Tender Building, Lamy

All museums need to have an emergency plan; most museums do not. This workshop will cover the basics of how to evaluate the risks that you face in your museum, how to minimize those risks, what an emergency plan should include, how to find information that you need for your plan, and how to test and implement your plan before an emergency occurs.


All workshops begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m.  Lunch is included.  The fee is $85, or $70 for MDA subscribers at the Regular level or higher (2 workshop discounts annually per membership).  See Online Registration page for select series discounts.  Click here for a full description of each workshop’s content, training location and instructors, as well as a list of previous workshop topics.