Thank God it’s Friday

Posted on April 10, 2015

Industry Meetings in April

Dear Colleagues, April is a busy time for the museum community, with some of the most important conferences of the year taking place across the course of this month:

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Museums and the Web in Chicago, MuseumNext in Geneva, and the annual meetings of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) in Atlanta and the Asia Pacific Network of Science and Technology Centers (ASPAC) in Manila. In the new edition of The Touring Exhibitions News, we focus on a selection of these headline events.

Getting out of the office allows us to learn from some of the most innovative minds in our industry, and provides a great opportunity for learning and networking that can pay dividends for years to come.

Our Oliver Zietzke (responsible for “everything online” at SC Exhibitions) and our techy Head of Operations Thomas Englberger are in Chicago at Museums and the Web (the conference is already on and will close on April 11).

We are proud members of the American Alliance of Museums, so the annual meeting from April 25 – 29 in Atlanta is a must for us. AAM always sees a few thousand delegates, and there’s always a “Big Hello” among touring exhibition folks from across the world. My colleagues Oliver Rosenwald and Daniel Batyi look forward to meeting our friends from TEN (that’s the Traveling Exhibits Network at AAM) at their usual “after conference drinks”. One of our AAM highlights is Robert “Mac” West’s laid back Traveling Exhibitions Breakfast, a packed off-conference event. Robert and his team are doing a lot for our community, so we are happy to be one of the sponsors of their traditional breakfast events.

I travel quite often, but Manila in The Philippines might be the most exotic and exciting trip for me this year. From April 26 – 30 The Mind Museum is hosting ASPAC’s annual conference, and The Touring Exhibitions News is featuring the host museum and the ASPAC organisation as well this month. Luckily, I will not be alone on my 12 hour flight to Manila – Dr. Zahi Hawass will accompany me to The Philippines. If you are at ASPAC don’t miss Dr. Hawass’s panel “Marketing or Fundraising Team Inspiration: What are the examples of campaigns from other fields that inspire your own marketing or fundraising campaigns?”, on April 27. And we have also organised a book signing with him for all delegates on April 28, where you can grab your free copy of “Discovering Tutankhamun” and have it signed by Zahi Hawass. We at SC Exhibitions are also happy to sponsor a coffee break for TREX, the touring exhibitions community at ASPAC.

Whilst conferencing in Chicago, Atlanta, and Manila we are in the middle of preparing our own conference: The Touring Exhibitions Meeting in Istanbul (taking place from September 10 – 12). More about this in my blog next week on Friday, April 17.



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