Recorded Webinar: AASLH Conversations: You Are Not Alone: Reopening Small to Mid-Sized Institutions
Recorded On: 05/15/2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented crisis in our local communities, country, and world. Many are seeking answers and guidance during this time, and AASLH has been listening to the concerns from the history community. In response, we are offering more online content including the new AASLH Conversations webinar series. While no one has all the answers, we hope these topic-focused conversations will provide a space to share ideas to help us all keep moving forward.
We know many organizations are facing financial strain due to the pandemic, so we developed AASLH Conversations with that in mind. We have drastically reduced the registration fee and are also providing a special promo code to waive the registration fee completely.
This conversation has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
As the nation is looking toward a gradual reopening of businesses, what should small to mid-sized cultural institutions consider to assure patrons your team is doing all it can to make it safe to return to your place of business. What precautions have you taken, and what procedures have you instituted going forward? How have you adapted your content to virtual platforms and utilized social media to engage your audiences?
Presenters will explore prior disaster recovery, how they handled it, and how they are using those experiences to navigate the current COVID 19 recovery efforts. Small to mid-sized arts, culture, and history organizations across the country are contemplating questions around the eventual reopening of their sites to the public. Join this moderated conversation with museum leaders LaNisha Cassell and Kathleen Maher and cultural experience expert, Ray Giang as they share lessons learned during the reopening strategies after major disasters. During this conversation, we hope to uncover solutions small to mid-sized organizations can implement as they begin to reopen their doors to the public.
RECORDED DATE: May 15, 2020
COST: $5 AASLH Members/ $10 Nonmembers/ Free for anyone by using promo code below
PROMO CODE: If you or your organization are facing financial strain due to COVID-19, please use the promo code FREEWBR20 to waive the registration fee for this webinar.
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In this webinar, attendees will:
- Learn how presenters are using previous disaster recovery experiences to navigate current COVID-19 recovery efforts
- Discuss what small to mid-sized cultural institutions should consider to assure patrons your team is doing all it can to make it safe to return to your place of business
- Consider how to adapt content to virtual platforms and utilize social media to engage your audiences
Recording and Closed Captioning
A transcription of the live closed captions is provided with the recording.
Executive Director, African American Museum of Iowa
LaNisha Cassell is the Executive Director of the African American Museum of Iowa. LaNisha brings with her a wealth of knowledge as an experienced non-profit manager, fundraiser and creative visionary to the AAMI. Prior to her role at the AAMI, LaNisha was the Executive Director of the Marion Foundation and Alumni Association in Marion, Iowa for eleven years. LaNisha currently serves on the board of directors for the Cedar Rapids Metro YMCA. She is graduate of the 2014-15 Leadership Iowa program, a premiere leadership program in the state. She is also a 2007 Leadership for Five Seasons alum. LaNisha also volunteers at Veritas Church where her family are members. LaNisha previously served on the board of directors of Aging Services, Marion Cares and was a Rotarian with the Marion East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club for more than five years. In 2018, LaNisha was honored by the Iowa Women’s Foundation in their Ovation: A Tribute to Iowa Women and Girls publication. In 2012, LaNisha was recognized as a “40 Under 40” leader by the Corridor Business Journal. In 2011, she served on the Cedar Rapids Charter Review Commission. A native of Washington, DC, LaNisha earned her BS in English (Public Relations minor) from Frostburg State University in western Maryland.
Vice President, Planning & Advisory Services MR-ProFun
Ray Giang has spent more than a decade working for MR-ProFun (formerly Management Resources) – a firm with over 35 years of global experience in consulting to museums, theme parks, visitor attractions, World Expositions and Olympiads. Ray specializes in cultural experiences, brands, and attractions nationally and worldwide. His team uses analytics and best practices to assist their clients in the areas of business, operations, and guest experience. Ray’s clients include a repertoire of cultural, commercial, and branded experiences such as Longwood Gardens, Preservation Society of Newport County, Descanso Gardens, American Museum of Natural History, NHMLA, Exploratorium, Warner Bros., Hasbro, Coca Cola, NBA, Crayola, London Olympics, and others.
Executive Director, Barnum Museum
Kathleen Maher has 33 years of experience working at museums that are additionally recognized as National Registered of Historic Places, and is celebrating 22 years at the Barnum Museum. Throughout her career, she has envisioned, authored and implemented numerous award-winning exhibitions and programs that explore a variety of 19th-century social historical themes and events, but she is most known for her disaster recovery efforts, saving the historic Barnum Museum from the ravages of an EF1 tornado, and both Hurricane Irene and Super Storm Sandy. 2020 has brought the challenge of Covid-19 Response and Recovery initiatives that will redefine how the Barnum Museum of the future will re-imagine audience engagement. Under her leadership, the Barnum Museum is focusing on new and innovative methods of experience development, integrating history, arts, storytelling, gaming, science and technology to create a dynamic 21st century Museum for the future. The Barnum Museum has become a global model for disaster recovery, resilience and re-envisioning and Maher speaks at conferences throughout the United States in an effort to teach through lessons-learned and illuminate the miraculous opportunities that can emerge from devastation if you’re courageous enough to meet it head-on.
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