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National Conference

2014 National Conference

All current Smithsonian Affiliates are invited to Washington, D.C., June 23-25, 2014, for an exclusive conference that exposes Affiliates to new programs, exhibits and collections. Instructional sessions, hands-on workshops, and behind-the-scenes tours are led by Smithsonian and Affiliate subject experts.

2014 Preliminary Agenda (Titles and schedule subject to change)

Monday, June 23: Pre-Conference Programming
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Pre-scheduled meetings with Smithsonian staff 
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Affiliations Advisory Council Meeting (by invitation only)
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Conference Registration, Smithsonian Castle
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Orientation Challenge: Test Your Smithsonian Affiliations Knowledge, Smithsonian Castle Commons
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art
Tuesday, June 24:  
7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Conference Registration, Columbia Ballroom, Holiday Inn-Capitol
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast, Columbia Ballroom, Holiday Inn-Capitol
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Smithsonian Resource Fair, Columbia Ballroom, Holiday Inn-Capitol
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Innoskate: Discovering Innovation and Creativity through Skateboard Culture, National Museum of the American Indian
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Developing a Mobile App: An Overview from Cvent and Smithsonian
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. -Lunch/Free time/No scheduled programming -
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker: G. Wayne Clough, Smithsonian Secretary, Rasmussen Theater, National Museum of the American Indian
3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Coffee / Tea Break -
3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Digital Donors: Is Crowdfunding Transforming Museum Fundraising?, National Museum of the American Indian
3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. What’s Your Membership Strategy? Communication is a Two-Way Street, National Museum of the American Indian
3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. History Relevance Campaign: Raising History?s Profile, National Museum of the American Indian
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Rooftop Terrace Reception, National Museum of American History
Wednesday, June 25:  
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. National Museum of Natural History Atrium Café, National Museum of Natural History
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. The Evolution of a Fossil Hall: How Does the Distant Past Affect All of Us Today?, National Museum of Natural History
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Is there life beyond 140 characters? @amhistorymuseum @nmnh @RocketCenterUSA share the pwr of Tweetups @SIAffiliates #SAConf2014, National Museum of Natural History
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Break -
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Welcome! Bienvenido! 환영: Museum Engagement with New Immigrant Communities, National Museum of Natural History
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Liftoff! The Space Shuttle's Rebirth as a Vehicle for Learning, National Museum of Natural History
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lettuce Talk: Bringing Visitors Together Around Food (National Museum of Natural History; lunch provided)
**Guests may opt to explore the Smithsonian Folklife Festival's opening day during this time as well. Please note, lunch will not be provided if the Festival option is chosen.
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Behind-the-Scenes Workshop Tours (Seating is limited to 20 people per workshop tour unless otherwise noted)
  1. Discover 3D at the Office of Exhibits Central
  2. Discuss issues in Collecting in the Community at National Museum of African American History and Culture
  3. Come Together Right Now: Celebrating Community and Place Through New Design concepts at the National Museum of American History
  4. Go Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation at the National Museum of Natural History
  5. Connect with a New Audience during an Evaluation and Accessibility Workshop at the National Museum of American History
    **Participants are encouraged to complete the IPOP quiz and watch the Experience Preference Theory as a New Way to Understand and Respond to Diversity webinar prior to the workshop for a full experience. Seating is limited to 16 guests
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Connecting With Teens through Q?rius and ARTLAB+, National Museum of Natural History
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Let's Put Our Heads Together: Agile Brainstorming with SCRUM , National Museum of Natural History
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Congressional Night at the Smithsonian, National Museum of the American Indian
The 21st Century Museum Leadership Seminar is not part of the Affiliations Conference. This is a special offering for Smithsonian Affiliate staff that will take place at the George Washington University.
Thursday, June 26: 21st Century Museum Leadership Seminar (Additional fees apply. Click here to apply)
  • Introduction of participants and faculty
  • The Leadership Challenge Today: Overview of nonprofit and museum realities and why leadership is important
  • Strategic Thinking: New approaches to sustainability, managing change, and encouraging creativity. Museum directors share models of transformative vision.
  • Practicum on Strategy Implementation: Creative approaches to risk taking, decision making, and implementing change
  • Project management; building a team and executing projects
  • Self-assessment and interpersonal skills; building trust and leading from the middle
  • Reception at Smithsonian Institution Castle and visit annual Folklife Festival
Friday, June 27: 21st Century Museum Leadership Seminar (Additional fees apply. Click here to apply)
  • Strategic Finance: The leader's role in developing budgets and making decisions about finance
  • Fundraising: Trends, policies, strategies and best practices
  • Communications, Advocacy and Collaboration: Implementing change at your museum
  • Participants will have the opportunity to work with faculty on Personal Action Plans for Change

If you have questions or comments related to the Affiliations National Conference, please contact External Affairs Coordinator, Elizabeth Bugbee,, 202.633.5304. The Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference is for current Affiliates only. If you are interested in becoming an Affiliate, or have an application in progress and would like to attend the Conference, please contact Elizabeth Bugbee for more information.

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