Recorded Session: The Resilient Museum: Strategies to Address Challenging Realities

Recorded On: 10/15/2021

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Session Description

The Resilient Museum: Strategies to Address Challenging Realities is a Recorded Live Session of the 2021 AASLH Online Conference.

What does it take for a museum to be resilient in times of extraordinary change and disruption? This session introduces the five interrelated goals of The Resilience Playbook (2020) that frame resilient strategies tied to increasing inclusion, community value, institutional impact, financial alignment, and leadership agility.


Chair: Anne W. Ackerson Resilience Playbook Team Member and Independent Consultant at Anne W Ackerson
Anne Ackerson is a former history museum director, director of the Museum Association of New York, and director of the national Council of State Archivists. She is currently an independent consultant to cultural and educational nonprofits, specializing in leadership, governance, and management issues. She also facilitates the Leadership and Administration for History Organizations online course for the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) and she is the developer and instructor of Leading Together: Working For and With Your Board of Trustees (Museum Study). With Joan H. Baldwin, she is the co-author of Leadership Matters: Leading Museums in an Age of Discord, a book examining history museum leadership for the 21st century (now in its second edition); and Women in the Museum: Lessons from the Workplace.
Twitter: @leadingbydesign

Melanie A. Adams, Ph.D. Director at Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
With more than 25 years of community engagement experience in museums and higher education, Melanie Adams is dedicated to bringing stakeholders together to address relevant community issues. Previously, Adams served as deputy director for learning initiatives at the Minnesota Historical Society, where she led efforts to develop strategic partnerships, audiences and resources within local communities. As managing director of the Missouri Historical Society, Adams' work focused on addressing the cultural and social concerns of the St. Louis community. Adams currently serves on the council of the American Association for State and Local History. As a facilitator of workshops on topics related to museums and race, she helps professionals understand barriers to connecting with diverse audiences.

Gail Anderson Resilience Playbook Team Member and Independent Consultant at Gail Anderson and Associates
Gail Anderson founded Gail Anderson & Associates (GA&A) in 2002 to work with museum leaders facilitating institutional transformation, building institutional and leadership capacity, and expanding community and global relevance - particularly critical in these times. Anderson is the author of Mission Matters: Relevance and Museums for the 21st Century (2019) and the editor of the first and second editions of the Alta Mira Press publication, Reinventing the Museum: The Evolving Conversation on the Paradigm Shift (2012). She is working on the 3rd edition of "Reinventing the Museum," based on the premise of "The Resilience Playbook." Anderson contributes to the field through frequent speaking engagements, webinars, writing, and teaching.

Dina A. Bailey Resilience Playbook Team Member and Independent Consultant at Mountain Top Vision
Dina Bailey is a national thought leader with extensive experience in developing inclusive solutions in collaboration with volunteers, staff, boards, and stakeholders. She is a recognized trainer, author, and speaker on the trends, challenges, and opportunities facing organizations in transition. A skilled facilitator, Dina has developed exceptional approaches that lead to both a breadth and depth of inclusive action. She has developed tools that increase the likelihood of successfully transitioning from theory to practice. Dina has over 15 years of experience in formal and informal learning. Since 2008, she has focused on collaborating with museums, cultural organizations, and nonprofits. She has a proven record of fostering organizational growth and strengthening institutional infrastructure while resolving multiple and complex issues.
Twitter: @DinaABailey

Ben Garcia Deputy Executive Director and Chief Learning Officer at Ohio History Connection
Ben Garcia is the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Learning Officer at the Ohio History Connection. Prior museum experience includes six years in the education department at the J. Paul Getty Museum, three years as Associate Director of Education at the Skirball Cultural Center, three years as Head of Interpretation at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, and five years as Deputy Director of the San Diego Museum of Man. He presents internationally and publishes on the museum’s role in learning, public value, social change, and decolonization.


RECORDED DATE: October 15, 2021

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