Museum Association of Arizona


2016 MAA Spring Symposium

Getting Ready for Change 

April 8, 2016

Tempe History Museum




8:30 a.m.   President's Breakfast


9:30 a.m.    MAA Annual Business Meeting


10:00 a.m.   Plenary Session: Change at the Top

Six new Arizona museums directors share their thoughts about the impact of a new top executive on the museum as a whole, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors and the museum's community.

Moderator:  Dr. James Burns (University of Arizona Museum of Art) 

Participants: Brenda Abney (Tempe History Museum), Tawn Downs (Arizona Historical Society, Papago Park), Carrie Heinonen (Museum of Northern Arizona), Samuel Ireland (Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art), Bill Peterson (Arizona Historical Society, Flagstaff)

Rhonda Smith (Tucson Desert Art Museum) 

12:00 noon     Awards Luncheon and Live Auction


1:15 p.m.        Breakout Session Roundtables* 

1. Deaccessioning from Policy to Disposal

Janice Klein (Consultant), Sharon Moore (Heard Museum), Elaine Hughes (Museum of Northern Arizona)

2. The New Role of the Community Curators

Marcus Monenerkit (Heard Museum), Christian Adame (Phoenix Art Museum), Carrie Tovar (ASU College of Public Service & Community Solutions)


2:30 p.m.        Coffee Break


3:00 p.m.        Breakout Session Roundtables*  

3. The 4 R's of Volunteers: Readiness, Recruitment, Retention, Rewards

Pam Levin (Desert Botanical Garden), Nancy Cutler (Consultant), Kathy Eastman (Arizona Museum of Natural History), Laura Rodriguez (Arizona Museum of Natural History)

4. Additional Revenue Sources: Museum Shops, Space Rental and More

Bill Peterson (Arizona Historical Society), Nicole Lober (Riordan House), Michelle Reid (Heritage Square), Adriana Fanning (Phoenix Art Museum), Flare Eliot (Heritage Square), Sherri Starkey (MAA Board)


4:30 p.m.        Tour of the Tempe History Museum


* Breakout Session Roundtables consist of brief presentations by the panelists, followed by directed conversation with the attendees.   There will be no PowerPoints, but relevant handouts will be available.


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