About MW21

About #MW21

This year, our conference was originally scheduled to be held in Washington DC, but due to the changing conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are switching to a 100% online venue.

In order to ensure accessible, high-quality content (and to avoid the dreaded “Zoom Fatigue”), our 2021 conference schedule has been slightly modified to make for a shorter day schedule, more impactful sessions spread over the course of 6 day in April.

Monday, April 5: Conference Kickoff Day MW21 Schedule – April 5
Tours and Workshops will be followed by a first-timer orientation for new attendees and, for everyone else, an MW Trivia Night event.

Tuesday, April 6: Conversations MW21 Schedule – April 6
Finalists for the GLAMi Awards will be announced and GLAMi jury members will engage in a lively conversation with the finalists. Workshops continue, Demonstrations begin, and conference attendees will gather in “Birds of a Feather” groups to discuss current museum trends. A highlight of the day will be an Inclusive Design session dedicated to museum accessibility. The day concludes with an MW Virtual Escape Room social event.

Wednesday, April 7: Keynote Address MW21 Schedule – April 7
Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and Founding Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, will kick off a day of sessions devoted to Leadership. His conversation will be hosted by Arianna Davis, Digital Director of OprahMag.com.

Friday, April 16: Plenary Session on Audience Engagement
A day of interactions and sessions focused on audience engagement starts with a Plenary Session about some important ways that security and other front-line staff have contributed to visitor experiences at two very different museums. The day also includes formal sessions, App Crit rooms, Lightning Talks, and a creative evening social event based on MW’s Inspirational Graffiti Wall, hosted by Lyrics & Lattes Podcast!

Friday, April 23: The Pandemic and Digital Transformation
The second of three Friday lineups includes a Plenary and Sessions devoted to the ways that institutions have responded to the pandemic. Tyree Boyd-Pates, Omar Eaton-Martinez, Elena Gonzales, PhD, Eric Longo will discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on cultural heritage museums, their collections and decisions to highlight the disproportionate impact on various communities. Attendees will also gather for the ever-popular Web Crit room, more Lightning Talks, and a very special GLAMi Awards presentation featuring the first ever Special Jury Awards.

Friday, April 30: Closing Plenary – MW21 Schedule – April 30
Max Anderson, a long-time friend of MW, will deliver a closing plenary talk that will consider the lessons that can be taken from innovation in the performing arts. The day’s focus on AR and VR will include a virtual tour of the newly redesigned Australian Center for the Moving Image; a Video Crit room; and a debate on immersive experiences and their uses.

Please check the program page frequently to get updates!

Meet the Staff of #MW21

Hiroko Kusano PictureConference Organizer

Hiroko Kusano (she/her)

Contact: hiroko@museweb.net

Dr. Alison HeneyManager of Education and Outreach

Dr. Alison Heney (she/her)

Contact: alison@museweb.net

Allison WallPublications Coordinator

Allison Wall (she/her)

Contact: allisonw@museweb.net

Mya-Kai LogoMarketing/Social Media

Mya Kai: Web Design and Digital Branding Agency




James Sims JrSocial Events Committee

James E. Sims Jr., Co-Chair





Katherine BehnkeSocial Events Committee

Katherine Behnke, Co-Chair




Social Events: Guest Hosts

Koven Smith, MW Karaoke Night

Barry Joseph, MW Escape Room

Jonathan Munar, MW Trivia Night