Conference Schedule

Sunday, October 6, 2019, Arrival 





Lodging: Radisson Hotel, 201 5th Street N, Fargo, North Dakota 58102, 1 (701) 232-7363

Fargo-Moorhead Studio Crawl 

More info here

7:30 - 9:00 pm 

Reception and Networking

Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County, 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead, MN 56560

  • Registration/check in

  • Enjoy dessert and drinks while networking with museum professionals. 

Monday, October 7 Plains Arts Museum, 704 1st Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102





9:00 - 9:30 am 

Check in & Registration

Plains Art Museum

Enjoy coffee and pastries and check out vendor tables 

9:30 - 10 am 


Plains Art Museum 

What is MAM and why should I join? 

10:00 - 11:00 am 

Gallery Discussions (concurrent discussions)

Option 1: Risk-Taking, Accessibility & Sensory Engagement in Art Museums 

3rd floor gallery, Plains Art Museum 

Andy Maus, Director & CEO, Plains Art Museum

Join Plains Art Museum Director & CEO for an engaging gallery-based discussion and tour of The Other Four, an exhibition guest curated by Minneapolis artist and gallerist John Schuerman. The exhibition captures the spirit of regionally-connected artists whose work is primarily non-visual, but engages one of “the other four” senses. How can an art museum present interactive work? Can art museums environments be primarily non-visual spaces? In what ways is this project accessible or inaccessible? What can we learn from this project?

Gallery Discussions (concurrent discussions)

Option 2: Gender Trouble in Collections & Archives 

1st floor main gallery, Plains Art Museum

Tasha Kubesh, Associate Curator, Plains Art Museum & Colleen Egan, Education Intern, Plains Art Museum

Join Plains Art Museum Associate Curator Tasha Kubesh and Education Intern Colleen Egan for a meaningful gallery-based discussion and tour of Generation: Women Artists in the Plains Art Museum Collection. Selected artworks are displayed within the context of troubling gender equity issues in Museum collections as well as national and regional feminist movements. What can museums do to build more equity into our work? What complexities emerge in museum collections adhering to binary categories of gender and sexuality? What can we learn from this exhibition?

11:00 - 11:15 am 


Stretch your legs and check out the vendor tables 

11:15 - 12:30 pm 

Keynote and Q&A With Dayna DelVal

Going beyond your own community to highlight the value of the arts.

3rd floor south, Plains Art Museum

In 2017, The Arts Partnership received a grant for Dayna to travel to communities across the country to meet with arts and economic leaders and learn about how they were leveraging the arts for larger success in their communities. She spent time in more than 15 cities and met arts administrators and artists as well as leaders from various business, government, nonprofit and social sectors. In 2018, TAP received an additional grant to bring some of those leaders to the Metro to create the 2019 Arts Partnership Business Breakfast series so that local leaders were learning from their peers in other communities. Learn about what she learned from other communities as well as what was shared when some of those leaders came here.

12:30 - 1:30 pm 

Lunch on your own 

1:30 - 2:00 pm 

MAM Annual Meeting 

3rd floor south, Plains Art Museum

2:00 - 3:15 pm 

Clay Sampler

Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity, Studio 5

Hayden Swanson, Teaching Artist, Plains Art Museum 

This workshop is an open and fun introduction to clay and takes place in the Center for Creativity at Plains Art Museum. Get your hands dirty while learning introductory wheel throwing techniques in a relaxed, small group setting. Clay and tools are provided; workshop focus is on practicing your clay skills as opposed to making a final project.

Roundtable Discussion with Dayna DelVal: Using ArtWORKS to engage the business sector with the arts

3rd floor north, Plains Art Museum

Dayna DelVal, President and CEO of The Arts Partnership

The Arts Partnership runs a program called ArtWORKS that hangs local art up to four times/year in business locations across the Metro. And in some places, employees engage with the artists to learn more about them, make some art and think about business problem solving from a slightly shifted lens of creating. This session is hands on and will invite participants to engage in an ArtWORKS session to experience the process as well as better understand how to create it in their own communities.

Interpretation, Oversight, or Indifference?

1st floor Gate City Bank Presentation Center, Plains Art Museum

Laura Youngbird, Director of Native American Art Programs, Plains Art Museum and Joe Williams, Associate Director of Native Art Programs, Plains Art Museum

A round table discussion to encourage curators, registrars and museum professionals to dig deeper into indigenous collections, educate the audience by engaging the Native community and knowledge keepers-  MAM attendees will share successes and shortcoming of previous interpretations, didactics and provenance.

Speed networking

1st floor Café, Plains Art Museum

Ellen Lynch, Executive Director, Lake County Historical Society

Break the ice and meet colleagues from around the state by speed networking at the MAM conference! The hour will be marked by six ten minute blocks of time for you to network with museum professionals in a small group setting. This fast paced session encourages conversation among colleagues and is a great way to expand your network at the start of the conference! 

3:15 - 3:30 pm 


3:45 - 5:30 pm 

Visit Comstock House

Comstock House, 

506 Eighth St. S.

Moorhead, MN 56560

4:00 - 4:30 pm 

House tour and Discussion 

Comstock House, 

506 Eighth St. S.

Moorhead, MN 56560

Historical and Cultural Society of Clay Count Staff 

Tour the Victorian mansion of the Comstock family

4:00 - 5:00 pm 


Comstock House, 

506 Eighth St. S.

Moorhead, MN 56560

Dan Hartman, Director, Glensheen Mansion

There will be a quick five-minute discussion about instameets, what they are, and why they are great for museums, such as having fun and presenting the organization in a new way. Then the group will decide on hashtags and platforms to be used, where the photos will be posted and discussion of how they are judged. After a group photo, participants will be set loose to roam the Comstock House and grounds and enjoy the details! 

3:45 - 5:30 pm 

Yardgames and Networking

Comstock House, 

506 Eighth St. S.

Moorhead, MN 56560

Victorian yard games are simple and fun. Come learn the basics while enjoying a beer. Enjoy the grounds of the Victorian mansion of the Comstock family while spending time outdoors with colleagues.

6:00 - 9:00 pm 

Fargo Food, Beer and Brewery Trolley Tour or History on Tap OR Dinner on your own 

Downtown Fargo

Experience Downtown Fargo! Jump on the trolley to discover samples from Fargo’s most loved restaurants, take a tour of a local brewery, and learn some history about why so many call this place home. 

$30 fee, space is limited. 

Sign up at registration to secure your spot!

6:00 - 9:00 pm 

History on Tap

Junkyard Brewing Company

1416 1st Ave N

Moorhead, MN 56560

Markus Krueger

History On Tap is a collaboration between the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County and Junkyard Brewing Company that takes an irreverent and humorous look at our very boozy local history. Now in its third year with a growing audience of regulars, HCS Programming Director Markus Krueger takes the stage at Moorhead’s brewery to present topics ranging from town’s bloody Wild West beginnings, to our very wet Prohibition years, and our preparations for 1960s Atomic Armageddon. After the show, stick around to enjoy Junkyard’s award-winning experimental beers and chat with Markus about museum outreach to non-traditional audiences and the perils of giving PowerPoint presentations in a bar.

Tuesday, October 8 Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County, 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead, MN 56560





9:30 - 10:00 am 

Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County, 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead, MN 56560

Enjoy coffee and pastries.

10:00 - 10:00 am 

Flash Talk: #Instatorians


Anna Weier, Student, Concordia College

From the way we interact with each other to the way we process world events, social media has influenced many aspects of our culture. As museum and heritage professionals, how do we use this to our advantage to increase our audience, development, and engagement? Through creating compelling content driven by the stories of our communities, social media can become one of the most effective tools for a museum professional. This session will explore the effect of social media on culture, ways to incorporate social media in organizations, and the impact it has on organization development and perception. 

Flash Talk: Simple, Straightforward, and Sustainable: Digital Accessibility Basics


Gretchen Halverson, Manager of Digital Engagement and Access, Minneapolis Institute of Art 

Digital accessibility can (and should) be a part of any organizations online presence and there are simple ways to get started in order to make a difference for all visitors to your site. In this session, you'll learn what it means when we talk about digital accessibility, how to apply basic principles easily, and how to build best practices into your work flows.

Flash Talk: Public Relations - the best marketing tool you have


Jane Pederson, Marketing Manager, Glensheen Mansion

Much has been talked about in regards to Social Media as a great marketing tool, and it is. But it has distracted many museums away from a much more powerful tool and that is Public Relations. Hear from Jane Pederson of Glensheen as she points out directly how powerful the tool is for getting visitors to your door. She will also show off some of the hard lessons learned in the process, shall we say humbling moments in the journey.

Flash Talk: Creating a Guided Tour in a self guided museum environment


Hayes Scriven, Executive Director, Richard I Bong Heritage Center

The Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center is a self guided veterans museum. But in the last year they created a new guided tour experience of their self guided spaces and much to their surprise, it has turned into a great new money maker for the institution. The Heavy Metal Tour is lead by a group of high school students called the Bong Squad. The program is meant to be an educational opportunity for students, but turned into so much more. Come learn what the good and the bad about starting a new guided tour experience at your museum. 

Flash Talk: House Museum Collection & Experiential Tricks


Milissa Brooks Ojibway, Collections Manager, Glensheen Mansion and Dan Hartman, Director, Glensheen Mansion

House Museums may not be the best museum environments for collections but there are some tricks to better safeguard your collection. Plus as the House Museum goes through more and more changes nationally, what successes are we learning as a field? Dan and Milissa, will walk through their successes but also their failures over the last six years as they have tried to match some of the trends in the field. 

Flash Talk: Collaborative Collection Management Solution


Ann Grandy, Collections Manager, Pope County Historical Society

Museums would not exist without their collections. 

History consortiums in Connecticut, Minnesota and Nova Scotia Canada have customized CollectiveAccess, an open sourced collection management software that allows their members to privately catalog their collections, while sharing cost of support, web-hosting and training. For Minnesota, this effort has been led by the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums with the help of five pilot sites. This session will discuss the benefits and challenges of collaborating on open-sourced, collectively managed software.

11:00 - 11:15 am 

Flash Talk Q&A


11:15 - 11:30 am 


11:30 - 12:15 pm 

Failure Olympics


Maureen Kelly Jonason, Director, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County 

Join your colleagues in this often-humorous, sometimes-poignant showcase of your worst work failures so that everyone can learn from them and so that everyone knows failure is a natural part of leading.

Art Imitates Life: Storytelling beyond curatorial voices


Ana Taylor, Assistant Photographer, Minneapolis Institute of Art

There are many ways of knowing, and as stewards of the objects housed within museums, it is our responsibility to provide visitors with a rich understanding of our collections. This includes sharing voices beyond the traditional curatorial scholarship. In this roundtable discussion we will consider a case study from "Mia Perspectives", a photo essay project that highlights staff and visitor voices of Mia's collections.

The Art of Hope and Healing


Nikki Anderson, Therapeutic Arts Facilitator, Teaching Artist, Plains Art Museum

The Art of Hope and Healing was developed in response to the opioid crisis of 2016.  Our community was reeling from many overdoses and related deaths which impacted the lives of so many locally and nationally.  As we know life may be difficult at times and the arts and our art museums are here to lift you up, give you hope and a different perspective, and a  sense of peace and accomplishment. In this round table session participants will hear how and why the program was started, and what might work in response to their own community concerns, and the hows of delivery.

The Promise of Statewide Partnerships


Angela Smith, Associate Professor of History, North Dakota State

Many state and local history sites have needs that outstrip resources and manpower. One solution is creating partnerships with history departments at regional universities to offer training for both students and community members.

12:15 - 12:45 pm 



Box lunches to be provided.

12:50 - 2:00 pm 

Historic River Walk 

Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County (meet at front door)

Mark Peihl, Senior Archivist, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County

Join archivist Mark Peihl in a fascinating walking tour of the riverbank to learn more about Old Town Moorhead and the original downtown Fargo. 

Exhibition Tour

Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County (meet by Admissions desk)

HCS Staff

HCSCC Exhibition Tour – Join HCS staff to hit the highlights of the interesting exhibitions on display: War, Flu, and Fear: WWI in Clay County, Truth in Focus: A Retrospective of Colburn Hvidsten III, and the Monsters constraint show of the FM Visual Artists.

Behind the Scenes Tour

Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County (meet by the Gift Shop)

HCS Staff 

HCSCC Behind-the-Scenes—Collections staff will guide attendees on a look into the collections storage rooms to see the benefits of many Legacy grants.

Explore Museum on your own 

2:30 pm 

Conference Concludes

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