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.
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
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 (she/her)
Manager of Education and Outreach
Dr. Alison Heney (she/her)
Allison Wall (she/her)
Social Events Committee
James E. Sims Jr., Co-Chair
Social 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