With warmer weather comes a season full of professional development opportunities for individuals in the museum field. I’ve been a bit busy this past week, attending Mid-Atlantic Museum Associations’s Creating Exhibitions at the Liberty Science Center, NJ and helping out with the Annual UHA/MANY Conference hosted by Upstate History Alliance and Museum Association of New York up in Tarrytown, NY. This is a great time of year where museum professionals can re-charge their batteries, reflect on the past and also look ahead to the future.
In looking ahead, there are some great professional development opportunities coming up that I intend to attend including:
- Greater Hudson Heritage Network’s Pracitum for Museum Professionals In 21st Century Historic House Museums. I will be attending the April 6th session in Poughkeepsie, NY as an invited “working guest.” I am very excited about this!
- American Association of Museums Annual Conference. Big bonus that it will be in Philadelphia, PA. Dates: April 30th-May 4th. With Malcolm Gladwell and Walter Issacson as keynote speakers it’s sure to be an exciting conference.
- New York City Museum Educators Roundtable Annual Conference. Hosted by the New York Botanical Garden, NY. Date: May 18th.
While these are some of the latest and greatest (local) professional development opportunities I intend to take advantage of, LinkedIn is a pretty good resource that lists numerous events, conferences and programs and let’s members add events in a calendar format. Be sure to share conference and professional development opportunities (by adding comments to this post) and start networking!