8:00 - 17:00Orquideorama
9:00 - 9:45Orquideorama
Welcome and orientation
9:45 - 11:00OrquideoramaConversation
The Museum as Socio-Political Actor
How should museums respond to current political events? Do museums have a responsibility to champion social change, influence political discourse, and assume greater civic responsibilities? If so, how? This conversation will explore museums as political influencers and provocateurs, and activators of social change.
11:00 - 11:30Orquideorama
Coffee Hour with Fellowship Recipients
Through the generous support of numerous organizations, the Fellowship Program for Reimagining the Museums has made possible the participation of over 150 professionals from more than 14 countries. We invite all fellowship recipients to join us for coffee and a photo opportunity.
11:30 - 12:45Orquideorama Conference
Issues on gender and recent discussions on sexual identity have raised many new questions that have wide-ranging implications for all identities. Gain insight on how these notions are transforming connections and context and their implications for the meaning and interpretation of objects.
12:44 - 13:00OrquideoramaExperiences
Led by Madelka Fiesco (Papalote - Museo del Niño, México) and Germán Paley (Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina).
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Decolonizing the Museum
Understand how the Museo de Antioquia has developed processes to investigate questions about its colonial legacy, advocate for the generation of stories previously excluded from its own history, and make visible conflicts and social disagreements from strategies framed in contemporary artistic practices.
Come Back to Earth!
Two years after opening, the Biomuseo realized that the public perception of the museum was radically different than anticipated. Learn how the Biomuseo has changed the public’s perception that it is too expensive, distant, and inaccessible.
Creating “Living Museums” in the Brazilian Amazon
Gain insight into The “Living Museums” initiatives, undertaken by indigenous peoples and communities of the Brazilian Amazon, to preserve collective memory that is documented in the “New Social Cartography Project of the Amazon.”
Penguin Revolution at the Museum
Learn about the largest student movement in the history of Chile (2006) that advanced controversial change and informed a permanent exhibition in the museum that invites debate and mediated discussion.
13:00 - 14:30Orquideorama
13:20 - 14:10Orquideorama
13:30 - 14:10Audi. Planetario
What’s Elaine Heumann Gurian Thinking About Now?
Distinguished museum professional, author, and scholar, Elaine Heumann Gurian, shares her profound insights on the museum field, concerns, and future challenges.
Well-known activist on behalf of museums globally, Elaine Heumann Gurian has worked in five museums in the USA, and consults with teams from around the world. Many of her writings can be found in the book Civilizing the Museum (2006).
14:30 - 18:00Dialogue sessions
Professionals present their experiences and facilitate candid conversations on specific issues.
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The Expansive Museum
Are museums building deeper connections with audiences and satisfying their ever-changing expectations and needs? While some might argue that festivals emphasize spectacle over substance, they offer many innovative ideas in designing experiences, and building and sustaining audiences.
What can museums learn from festivals to enhance the visitor experience?
What kind of museum would benefit most from a hybrid approach?
Communities Can Shape/Shake Museums
This panel session will describe museums that are created and informed by communities. Presentations will focus on a range of models where communities are both institutional and content curators, founders and funders, co-designers of museum vocations, organizational structures, and missions, and co-evaluators of how effectiveness and success are measured.
Aud. Explora 2
Embracing Dissonance in the Museum
Do local and native identities have a voice in museums? What are the challenges to including local and indigenous narratives in a nation’s story? How have museums actively engaged diverse cultures in their programs and practices? This discussion will examine strategies to surmount public and organizational obstacles with the goal of developing inclusive practices in museums and advancing consensus-based actions.
Aud. Explora 1
New Horizons: Collaborations for Greater Community Impact
Museums can build bridges between diverse community stakeholders to increase their community impact by working with non-traditional partners (libraries, prisons, nursing homes, etc.). Examples will be shared of unique collaborations that have led to organizational transformation and influenced new public policies.
14:30 - 18:00Workshops
Practical, hands-on sessions offer participants an opportunity to experiment and explore new approaches.
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14:30 - 18:00 Biblioteca Planetario
Looking inside: The Organizational Dimension of the Museum
If you want to initiate change, innovate and improve your team building skills, this workshop will show you how to start, as well as provide an understanding of the multiple dimensions of change and the evidence that confirms transformation is happening.
14:30 - 18:00Taller Central Exploratorio
Hack the Maker Space
The proliferation of “maker” spaces, have created many community-based workspaces for people to gather to create, invent, learn and problem solve. Understand how the principles that inform these highly collaborative environments might also be applied to identifying inventive solutions to community problems and issues.
14:30 - 18:00Laboratorio de Ideación Exploratorio
Can Civic Design and Art Initiate Reconciliation and Peace?
What roles can a museum play to develop alternatives in a world in crisis? How do we design a site of memory where fragility becomes the potential? How do we provide perspectives and context for wounded places and work effectively with sensitive aspects of a site? Gain greater insight on context- and community-based design and how it might be applied to sites of memory, museums and public places.
14:30 - 18:00 Sala Experimental 2 Exploratorio
Explore the relationship between museums and communities that goes beyond the label of a “community museum”. In a world where nations, religions, and corporations are defining identity, museums may need to be more attentive to their interdependent relationship with communities. How can we reimagine the practices of collaboration between museums and their community?
14:30 - 18:00Sala Infantil Explora
Rapid Prototyping for Exhibitions
This workshop provides creative tools for designing and renovating museum exhibitions that deepen the visitor experience and that also save time and money.
18:00 - 19:00 Bus stop
Transportation to Reception
19:00 - 20:20Museo de Antioquia Visit
The first day of the conference concludes at the Museo de Antioquia, located in the heart of Medellin. Buses will depart from Parque Explora at 6:00 p.m. and return to host hotels at 9:00 p.m