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SMITHSONIAN AFFILIATIONS NATIONAL CONFERENCE

JUNE 12 - 14, 2012


WELCOME TO THE SMITHSONIAN AFFILIATIONS NATIONAL CONFERENCE


Director’s Message

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elcome to the 2012 Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference. We are pleased that so many have come from near and far to participate in this important gathering. Year after year, the Conference has been fertile ground for exploring collaboration opportunities, sharing best practices, building organizational relationships, and creating new friendships. Now in our 16th year the Affiliations program has evolved into the “two way street” originally envisioned. This is evidenced in the steady stream of Affiliate experts serving on Smithsonian planning panels, Affiliate artifacts, artworks and exhibits making appearances in Smithsonian venues, and Affiliate educators working side by side with Smithsonian colleagues in rural and underserved communities. In addition and with greater frequency, Affiliates are finding each other, and are sharing their collections, exhibitions and expertise. Sometimes, it all begins with a simple conversation at our annual conference. We have much to learn from each other and are pleased that this year’s conference demonstrates our “two way street” with an equal balance of presenters from both the Smithsonian and Affiliate organizations. We continue to cover a wide range of topics, while giving strong voice to those programs that amplify the way our organizations are having an impact on learning and education. In this manner, we will continue to address the greatest challenge facing all museums and educational organizations: “to inspire generations through knowledge and discovery.” We are delighted that you have taken the time to join us and look forward to a lively exchange of ideas, as always, in the company of colleagues and friends. Harold A. Closter Director Smithsonian Affiliations

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Program at a Glance Tuesday, June 12

5:30 - 6:00 p.m. L’Enfant Plaza Hotel Transportation to Congressional Reception

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pre-scheduled meetings with Smithsonian staff 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pavilion, National Museum of African Art Registration

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building Capitol Hill Congressional Reception

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Lecture Hall, National Museum of African Art Orientation

Thursday, June 14

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Room 3037, S. Dillon Ripley Center Breakfast

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. National Museum of African Art Guided Tour of Lalla Esaaydi: Revisions

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Lecture Hall, S. Dillon Ripley Center Keynote Address: Evelyn Lieberman, Director, Office of Communications and External Affairs, Smithsonian Institution

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Pavilion, National Museum of African Art Welcome Reception

Wednesday, June 13

(Concurrent Sessions) 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Room 3031, S. Dillon Ripley Center Your Affiliation, Our Story: How to Maximize and Manage Your Message

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Concourse, S. Dillon Ripley Center Conference Registration

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Room 3037, S. Dillon Ripley Center Welcome Breakfast

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Room 3035, S. Dillon Ripley Center The Loan Clinic: Unlock the Mysteries of Sharing Collections

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Lecture Hall, S. Dillon Ripley Center Welcome Remarks: Claudine Brown, Assistant Secretary for Education and Access, Smithsonian Institution; Harold A. Closter, Director, Smithsonian Affiliations

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Concourse, S. Dillon Ripley Center Smithsonian Resource Fair 12:00 p.m. –1:00 p.m. Lunch on Your Own

Keynote Address: Sally Shuler, Senior Advisor to the Office of Assistant Secretary for Education and Access and Director of the National Science Resources Center from 1985 – 2012

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lecture Hall: S. Dillon Ripley Center Innovation in Education, Part 2: Teaching and Learning with New Technologies

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Break

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Room 3031, S. Dillon Ripley Center Refreshment Break

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Lecture Hall, S. Dillon Ripley Center Innovation in Education, Part 1: Smithsonian Affiliates as Catalysts of Change

(Concurrent Sessions) 2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Room 3035, S. Dillon Ripley Center Ed-Lab Workshop: Bringing 21st-Century Skills into the Classroom

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Smithsonian Castle Commons Education Collaboration Luncheon (or Lunch on Your Own)

2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Lecture Hall, S. Dillon Ripley Center Collaboration Blitz: Rapid-Fire Smithsonian and Affiliate Partnership Opportunities

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Room 3035, S. Dillon Ripley Center Fundraising as a Team Sport – We are the Team 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Room 3031, S. Dillon Ripley Center Refreshment Break

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Warner Bros. Theater and Presidential Reception Suite, National Museum of American History Tribute to I. Michael Heyman, 10th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (Reception to follow)

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Room 3037, S. Dillon Ripley Center Affiliations Town Hall

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2012 Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference Tuesday, June 12

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pre-scheduled meetings with Smithsonian staff Affiliates interested in meeting with specific Smithsonian staff members must contact their Affiliations National Outreach Manager prior to their arrival to organize a meeting during this time. 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration Pavilion, National Museum of African Art Affiliations Staff will be on hand to assist with registration. 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Orientation for New & Existing Affiliates Lecture Hall, National Museum of African Art Discover the benefits and resources available to you as a Smithsonian Affiliate. 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. National Museum of African Art Guided tour of Lalla Essaydi: Revisions 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception Pavilion, National Museum of African Art Greetings and welcome from Johnnetta B. Cole, Director, National Museum of African Art All registered conference participants are invited to attend.

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Agenda Wednesday, June 13

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Conference Registration (All day) Concourse, S. Dillon Ripley Center Smithsonian Affiliations staff will be available all day to register guests and answer any conference questions.

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8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Welcome Breakfast Room 3037, S. Dillon Ripley Center 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Lecture Hall, S. Dillon Ripley Center Greetings and Welcome Remarks Harold A. Closter, Director, Smithsonian Affiliations Claudine Brown, Assistant Secretary for Education and Access, Smithsonian Institution Keynote Address Educational Transformation: A 21st-Century Imperative Sally Shuler, Senior Advisor to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Education and Access; Director of the National Science Resources Center from 1985 – 2012 The NSRC has spent the past 26 years serving as a champion for hands-on, inquiry-based science learning. Aiming to transform K–12 science education programs for all students in the U.S. and throughout the world, the NSRC’s strategy is to leverage change through the development of strategic partnerships. What role can museums play in promoting science literacy and effecting fundamental change in the way science is taught in America?

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9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Break 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Innovation in Education, Part 1: Smithsonian Affiliates as Catalysts of Change Lecture Hall, S. Dillon Ripley Center Five Affiliates will present innovative practices and programs at their organizations that are impacting education in the local school community. Open discussion and Q&A’s will follow the presentations. Moderator: Timothy Grove, Chief of Education, National Air and Space Museum Innovative Museum-Based Ideas for Increasing Test Scores James “Zach” Zacharias, Senior Curator of Education and Curator of History, The Museum of Arts and Sciences

Virtual Worlds: Avatars as Avenues to Advance STEM Learning Lindsay Bartholomew, Senior Science Specialist, Miami Science Museum

Birmingham Cultural Alliance Partnership and the Legacy Youth Leadership Program Ahmad Ward, Head of Education, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

National Inventors Hall of Fame® School … Center for STEM Learning Hannah E. Paulin, Executive Director, Development and Endowment, Invent Now, Inc. and the National Inventors Hall of Fame

Life Interrupted: The Japanese American Experience in World War II Arkansas Allyson Nakamoto, Director of Education, Japanese American National Museum

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Education Collaboration Lunch (or Free Time) Smithsonian Castle Commons Guests must sign-up in advance to continue the discussion and brainstorm areas of potential collaboration with the Affiliate presenters and Smithsonian educators from the previous session.

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1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Fundraising as a Team Sport—We are the Team Room 3035, S. Dillon Ripley Center Christina DiMeglio Lopez, Business & External Affairs Manager, Smithsonian Affiliations Michael Dunagan, Director of Development, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Education and Access, Smithsonian Institution Scott Robinson, Director, Office of Sponsored Projects Explore how the Smithsonian and Affiliates can work more closely to expand the reach across the Affiliate network by building partnerships and collaborating to increase funding opportunities for joint initiatives. 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Room 3031, S. Dillon Ripley Center Coffee / Tea Break

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3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Affiliations Town Hall Room 3037, S. Dillon Ripley Center Harold A. Closter, Director, Smithsonian Affiliations Kathy Ernst, Senior Research Analyst, Office of Policy & Analysis, Smithsonian Institution In 2011, a major study of the Affiliations program was concluded and drew specifically on Affiliate input and impressions of how the program is faring. More than 140 out of 169 Affiliates responded to the questionnaire and direct interviews, giving a very rich body of data and a wide range of opinions. During this Town Hall, results will be shared, next steps will be discussed and other topics of interest will also be addressed.

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5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Transportation to Congressional Reception Shuttle buses will depart from L’Enfant Plaza Hotel 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Congressional Reception Caucus Room, SR-325 Russell Senate Office Building Capitol Hill Greetings and Welcome Remarks G. Wayne Clough, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution The Honorable Thad Cochran (R-Miss) Presentation of 2012 Intern Partnership Awards Harold A. Closter, Director, Smithsonian Affiliations

Thursday, June 14

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Room 3037, S. Dillon Ripley Center 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Lecture Hall, S. Dillon Ripley Center Keynote Address More Than the Nation’s Attic: The Smithsonian and the Road to a New Brand Evelyn Lieberman, Director, Office of Communications and External Affairs, Smithsonian Institution A great brand sits at the intersection of what an organization offers and what the world needs. The Smithsonian’s new branding strategy, developed through an intensive and broadly collaborative process, serves as a force for unifying and energizing the work of our staff, museums, research programs, stakeholders and partnerships.


10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Concurrent Sessions) Your Affiliation, Our Story: How to Maximize and Manage Your Message Room 3031, S. Dillon Ripley Center Pherabe Kolb, Associate Director of Strategic Communications, Office of Communications and External Affairs, Smithsonian Institution Elizabeth Bugbee, External Affairs Coordinator, Smithsonian Affiliations Using the Smithsonian’s recent brand research as a model, the first part of this session will give an overview of the branding tools and mechanics needed to evaluate your own brand. In the second part of the session, Affiliates in the audience will be challenged to connect their own brand messages to the Smithsonian in an activity using lessons learned from the Smithsonian’s brand strategy.

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10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Concurrent Sessions) The Loan Clinic: Unlock the Mysteries of Sharing Collections Room 3035, S. Dillon Ripley Center Moderator: Alma Douglas, National Outreach Manager, Smithsonian Affiliations Panelists: Annette B. Fromm, Assistant Professor/Museum Studies Coordinator, The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University Amy Gramsey, Collections Manager, Tellus Science Museum Anne P. Madarasz, Museum Division Director, Senator John Heinz History Center Three Smithsonian Affiliates lead the discussion with case studies and tips to help guide requestors through the loan process. Learn best practices and position your museum to be a showcase for Smithsonian collections in your community. 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Smithsonian Resource Fair Concourse, S. Dillon Ripley Center Meet with liaisons from the following Smithsonian museums, programs, and offices: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service Smithsonian Latino Center Asian Pacific American Program The Smithsonian Associates Discovery Theater Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Smithsonian Institution Gardens Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory American Association of Museum Smithsonian Consortium for Understanding the American Experience

National Air and Space Museum National Museum of African Art National Museum of American History National Museum of the American Indian National Postal Museum National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian American Art Museum National Portrait Gallery National Museum of African American History and Culture Anacostia Community Museum Freer Sackler Gallery Smithsonian Institution Libraries Smithsonian Accessibility Program

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch on Your Own

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1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Innovation in Education, Part 2: Teaching and Learning with New Technologies Lecture Hall, S. Dillon Ripley Center Continuing the previous day’s discussion, panelists share innovative education practices designed to engage diverse audiences, stimulate curiosity and advance learning while exploring potential areas of collaboration. Moderator: Peter Haydock, Educational Technology Specialist, Smithsonian Institution Places of Invention: Monica Smith, Exhibition Program Manager, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, National Museum of American History Lorraine McConaghy, Public Historian, Museum of History and Industry

Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos Program: Erin Braswell, Education Specialist, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, a member of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics ImaginAsia Teen Refugee Art Program: Stephen Truax Eckerd, Coordinator, ImaginAsia, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Karen Schneider, Librarian, The Phillips Collection Kelsey Armstrong-Hann, Case Worker, International Rescue Committee

Interactive Gallery as Learning Lab Doreen Colón Camacho, Education Director, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico The Thanksgiving Project Richard Pickering, Deputy Director, Plimoth Plantation

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2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Room 3031, S. Dillon Ripley Center Coffee / Tea Break 2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Concurrent Session) Room 3035, S. Dillon Ripley Center EdLab Workshop: Bringing 21st-Century Skills Into the Classroom Jeff Meade, EdLab Program Lead, National Postal Museum Kim Skerritt, EdLab Program Educator, National Postal Museum The EdLab program at the National Postal Museum provides teacher workshops that connect Smithsonian collections to classroom content using new media tools. This workshop will challenge Affiliate partners to work collaboratively to solve a mission connecting Smithsonian collections to real world issues, develop ideas as a team, gather opinions from Smithsonian visitors and create a digital presentation for feedback. Affiliates will find out how to stay involved for the summer and upcoming school year.

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2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Concurrent Session) Lecture Hall, S. Dillon Ripley Center Collaboration Blitz: Rapid-Fire Smithsonian and Affiliate Partnership Opportunities Based on the Ignite® and Pecha Kucha models, Affiliate and Smithsonian staff will present partnership opportunities meant to stimulate thought and action in presentations lasting seven minutes each. From early stages of development to immediate partner opportunities, presenters will share ideas and resources in hopes of making unexpected connections with potential collaborators. VivaFest 2012 Marcela Davison Aviles, Executive Director, Mexican Heritage Corporation

The Ten Thousand Springs Pavilion Harold A. Closter, Director, Smithsonian Affiliations

Conservation Training Program Beverly Perkins, Chief Conservator, Buffalo Bill Historical Center

ECLiPSE Program Sarah Knights, Outreach Education Coordinator, The Museum of Flight

Mobile Learning Stations Susan Nichols, Lunder Education Chair, Smithsonian American Art Museum Rich Faron, President, Museum Explorer, Inc.

Connecting Communities Through Oral History Jessica Turner, Grant Writer, Birthplace of Country Music Alliance 100 Years of Von Braun: His American Journey Deborah Barnhart, Director, U.S. Space and Rocket Center

Americans All: The Immigration/ Migration Initiative Fath Davis Ruffins, Curator, National Museum of American History

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Warner Bros. Theater and Presidential Reception Suite, National Museum of American History Tribute to I. Michael Heyman (1930- 2011), 10th Secretary of the Smithsonian, founder of Smithsonian Affiliations (Reception to follow) 6:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Transportation from the National Museum of American History to L’Enfant Plaza Hotel

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2012 Affiliations National Conference Guidebook