Day One

12:00 – 1:00 Welcome and Introductions (Lunch)

1:00 – 2:45

Presentations from each participant about the current work at their institution (5 minutes)

2:45 – 3:00 Break

3:00 – 5:00 Create a common ground/discussion platform:

1. What is the contemporary role of an art museum? What could it be?


2. What do art museum educators really want to do? Get collections on-line? Lesson plans? Interactives? In-house visitor programs? Link the visitor experience with mobile and/or online access? For whom? With whom (define target audiences)? Goals and objectives?


3. Defining the complete package: audience, goals, development, resources, cost, relationship of technology to content, outreach, sustainability.


4. Review of promising digital tools and online education initiatives coming out of other disciplines and institutions.


5:00 Break for Dinner

Day 2

8:30 – 9:00 Coffee and pastries

9:00 – 10:30

Brainstorming Session I : Promising Initiatives


1. Explore selected tools in categories: presentation, social networking, research/archiving, intereactivity. A few representative tools are on the Sample Tools and Projects page.


2. Evaluate (usefulness, sustainability, level of expertise, useability, integration with other tools) What is or isn’t working in your own institutions? What has been successful/less successful in your own projects?


10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 12:15

Brainstorming Session II: Promising Initiatives


2. Museum collaboration: interdepartmentally, in-house, and among institutions


12:15 – 1:15 Working Lunch
1:15 – 2:45
Brainstorming Session III: Moving beyond roadblocks

1. What are the roadblocks? Funding? Organizational structure? Lack of support/communication within institutions? among institutions?

2. “Re-inventing the wheel”: discuss how the development and planning of these tools, as well as desired outcomes and implementation methods, need to be an open conversation amongst all museums and all museum professionals

3. Sustainability: Are digital tools only supported until their grant funding runs out?

4. Project Management: internal and external organizational relationships.


2:45 – 3:00 Break

3:00 – 4:30 Brainstorming Session 4: Action plan for future work

4:30 – 5:00 Closing thoughts

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