Sunday, October 3, 2021
Emerging Professionals Day sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa History Department.  

1:00 p.m. Career Conversations. Facilitated by Dr. Heidi Lung, University of Iowa.  Interact with a panel of emerging professionals who will share their education and career paths.
•    Annette Scherber, Archivist, Federal Reserve Board, Washington D.C.  
•    Sarah Loux, Senior Special Events Coordinator, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian.  
•    Maggie Moss Jones, Historian, Minnesota Department of Transportation.

2:00 p.m.  Graduate Student Presentation.  Brenann Hamilton is a second year history graduate student at the University of Northern Iowa. Her thesis is about the impact of the political party, Sinn Fein, during the peace process in Northern Ireland from 1986-1998. She been working at the UNI Museum for about a year and a half, where she has primarily worked on an oral history project to gather the stories of people who attended rural and consolidated schools.

3:00 p.m.  Job Search Tips.  Dr. Heidi Lung, University of Iowa.

Monday, October 4
9:00 a.m.  Museums as Essential Community Infrastructure.  Laura Lott, CEO, American Alliance of Museums.

Now more than ever, museums are essential to our communities. In addition to preserving and protecting our cultural heritage, museums are important gathering spaces, economic engines, and a vital part of the PreK-12 (and beyond) education ecosystem. Our museums have the opportunity to be leaders in rebuilding, helping to fill critical education gaps for our nation’s students and building understanding, empathy, and belonging across our communities. We must be bold! Museums must boldly challenge the status quo, rethink outdated models, and better measure and communicate our social impact.
Sponsored by Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area

10:00-11:00 a.m.  Top Ten Reasons Iowa Museums Matter.  Facilitated Discussion.  Audience will break into small groups to discuss the keynote and produce a top ten list of why museums matter in Iowa.   

11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Bring your lunch and help us recognize award recipients and special guests including Jester Insurance.

Jester Insurance will be recognized in honor of 16 years and over $62,000 in IMA support.  When Jester Insurance became an IMA partner, they made affordable insurance available to Iowa museums.  They became part of the IMA family, with Melissa Kauffman attending every conference for more than a decade, providing a hospitality suite and a free conference registration for a lucky winner for the next year.  While doing all this, Jester’s support allowed the Iowa Museum Association to grow – their financial support added stability to our budget and allowed IMA to dream big.  

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Flash Talks Roundtable.  Demonstrating Relevance and Strategies for Community Impact.  Billie Bailey, Grout Museum District; Patricia LaBounty, Union Pacific Railroad Museum; and Curt Simmons, Science Center of Iowa will share examples of community engagement, strategies for community impact, and real world examples that have worked in their communities.

2:15-3:15 p.m. Restoring the Roar – Relevancy in Times of Crisis.  Tara Richards, Director of Community Engagement and Katie Benedix, Development Manager, Brucemore.

Sponsored by McGough Construction.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Building a Better Board. Rosey Higgs, Director of Programs, Nonprofit Association of the Midlands.  


Tuesday, October 5, 2021
8:30 a.m.  Why Museums Matter:  It Just Makes $en$e.  Sean Ulmer, Executive Director, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.  

9:30-10:00 a.m. Self-select breakout rooms with participating sponsors and exhibitors.  

10:00-11:00 a.m. Funding Opportunities through the IMLS Office of Museum Services. Laura Zamarripa, Program Specialist, Office of Museum Services, Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Sponsored by Hamilton Associates, PC.

11:15 – 12:15 p.m.  Making Your Case in Grant Applications. Jenifer A. Vick, Faculty & Co-director, Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy Certificate, University of Iowa. 

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Iowa Museum Association Annual Meeting. Dr. Heidi Lung, President

1:15 -2:15 p.m.   Telling the Whole Story: 50th Anniversary Black Student Union.  Dr. Cheryl Xue Dong, Assistant Professor Department of History, University of Northern Iowa; Jaycie Vos, Special Collections Coordinator and University Archivist;  Keyah Levy, Director of the Center for Multicultural Education, University of Northern Iowa; and Kelsie Willert, Graduate Student Assistant, University of Northern Iowa.

2:30-3:00 p.m.    Live Q&A follow up to pre-recorded session Accessibility Challenges at Historic House Museums.  IMA DEAI Committee.

3:15 p.m.  Resisting the Return to "Normalcy:" How Museums Can Utilize Lessons Learned During the Pandemic to Move Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion to the Forefront. Kingsley Botchway II, J.D., SHRM-CP. Chief Officer of Human Resources & Equity, Waterloo Community School District.

This presentation will focus on how the pandemic served as a disruptor for many industries and how museums can utilize this crisis to focus more on DEI efforts. Participants will learn about how COVID-19 impacted historically marginalized populations differently than other demographic groups.

Participants will learn how to re-engage with diverse communities to ensure greater level of participation and investment in museum programming. This will be an opportunity to learn but also ask tough questions to ensure we are moving forward in a more equitable way!