2020 Annual Conference (Recap)

2020 NMA Annual Conference recap

The 2020 NMA Annual Conference was held online on October 23, 2020, with sessions and activities from 8am – 6pm.

We know this year has been a hard one for museum workers. To encourage as many people as possible to sign up and attend this year’s online conference, we have made registration entirely pay-what-you-will.

The theme for 2020 was is “New Challenges, New Opportunities”. The NMA Board is hard at work planning an informative, inspiring, and fun event. You can download the full schedule here:

Conference sessions were recorded and can be viewed by NMA members at https://nma37.wildapricot.org/2020-Online-Conference-Sessions — log in with your NMA member email and password (if you haven’t logged in before, use the “Forgot password” function to set a password).  Nonmembers can join NMA at http://nevadamuseums.org/nma/join-nma/  

Meet our keynote presenter, Elizabeth Merritt

Portrait of Elizabeth Merritt, facing camera with arms crossed, in orange leather jacket and yellow blouse with orange disc-shaped earrings and pendant necklace, against a mottled gray background.
Our keynote speaker this year is Elizabeth Merritt, AAM Vice President for Strategic Foresight and Founding Director of the Center for the Future of Museums.

We are proud to welcome our keynote speaker for this year’s meeting, Elizabeth Merritt.

Elizabeth is the American Alliance of Museums’ Vice President for Strategic Foresight and Founding Director of the Center for the Future of Museums – a think-tank and research & development lab for the museum field. She studied ecology and evolution as an undergraduate at Yale and received her masters in cell and molecular biology from Duke University. Her museum career has included working in a children’s museum, as well as natural history and history museums, and she is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute’s Museum Management Program.

Prior to starting CFM, Elizabeth literally wrote the book on museum standards and best practices, as director of the Alliance’s accreditation and excellence programs. She notes this was perfect preparation for her current role as agent provocateur—challenging museums to question assumptions about traditional practice, and experiment with new ways of doing business. Elizabeth is the author of the Alliance’s annual TrendsWatch report and works with museums around the world to help them build a better tomorrow.