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Program Schedule

Sessions will start midday, April 1 and end midday, April 4, 2019.

This year’s conference will examine innovative collaborations and the impact of changing audiences and their needs across all institutions through a greater focus on the presentation of case studies from around the field.

Review the 2019 AMMC Pittsburgh program book and other conference details to plan out your conference experience.

 

FEATURED 2019 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Tuesday, April 2: Annie Duke, Author, Speaker, and Decision Strategist

Even the best decision doesn't yield the best outcome every time. There's always an element of luck that you can't control, and there is always information that is hidden from view. So the key to long-term success (and avoiding worrying yourself to death) is to think in bets: How sure am I? What are the possible ways things could turn out? What decision has the highest odds of success? Did I land in the unlucky 10% on the strategy that works 90% of the time? Or is my success attributable to dumb luck rather than great decision making?

Annie Duke, a former World Series of Poker champion turned business consultant, draws on examples from business, sports, politics, and (of course) poker to share tools anyone can use to embrace uncertainty and make better decisions. For most people, it's difficult to say "I'm not sure" in a world that values and, even, rewards the appearance of certainty. By shifting your thinking from a need for certainty to a goal of accurately assessing what you know and what you don't, you'll be less vulnerable to reactive emotions, knee-jerk biases, and destructive habits in your decision making. You'll become more confident, calm, compassionate and successful in the long run.

Wednesday, April 3: Cecile Shellman, Consultant

Cecile Shellman is a full-time consultant in diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion for museums. She recently worked in a leadership capacity heading initiatives for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Diversity exists and inclusion takes effort. Our biases and prejudices often prevent us from valuing others as we should. Shellman helps museums channel their efforts to diversify, provide equal access, and include valued voices and visual content.

Thursday, April 4: Colleen Dilenschneider, Chief Market Engagement Officer at IMPACTS Research and author of the popular website, Know Your Own Bone.

Museums are facing challenges in today's increasingly connected and diverse world: Those who profile as traditional visitors are shrinking in market size, and per capita costs are outpacing revenues within the industry. But the data is in, and effective organizations have something in common: They value and prioritize effective membership programs.

In this keynote session, Colleen will share data on audience perceptions, behaviors, and motivations surrounding museum membership. As the experts at the intersection of visitor engagement and ongoing support, session attendees will learn why market trends have placed membership departments at the center of successful organizational leadership - and "arm" attendees with data to communicate the importance of their initiatives. You'll come to the keynote knowing that membership programs are important, and you'll leave knowing just how important - and why.
 

Event Schedule

Opening Dinner at Carnegie Science Center

Monday, April 1
5:30-8 p.m.
Kick off your conference experience with dinner and grand views at Carnegie Science Center, located on the shore of the Ohio River. Enjoy a seated dinner and networking in PointView Hall, overlooking the rivers and the picturesque city skyline. Before dinner, slip into Da Vinci: The Exhibition and marvel at detailed renderings and life-sized inventions from the Renaissance master.
Included with full conference registration. Guest tickets are not available at this time.
 

Evening Reception at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, April 2
6-7:30 p.m.
Enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres in a tropical paradise! Sample fresh Cuban-inspired cuisine and mojitos in the lush surroundings of the Tropical Forest Cuba exhibition at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and then experience the beauty of one of the world’s most sustainable conservatories as you stroll through the historic glasshouse.
Included with full conference registration.  Guest Tickets: $60

Evening Reception at the Mattress Factory

Wednesday, April 3
5:30-7 p.m.
Soak up good vibes and local fare at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh's one-of-a-kind museum for installation art. Enjoy hearty appetizers by Black Radish Kitchen, including the famous Pittsburgh cookie table! Be sure to check out the museum's multiple galleries for inspiration from artists unafraid to push the envelope.
Included with full conference registration.  Guest Tickets: $60

Bus transportation will be available to and from the Westin for the opening dinner and evening receptions.

 

Fallingwater Excursion

Thursday, April 4
1-6:30 p.m.
Trip cost includes bus transportation and a boxed lunch
Trip Cost: $80

There is limited availability for this excursion, and it is an additional fee/ticket for all attendees.  Must register by March 20!  If you have already registered and want to add the Fallingwater excursion, click here to log into your registration using your email address and confirmation number. Click the registration link under Modify and follow the instructions. If you have questions or would like to make the change over the phone please contact Ruth White at 202.251.0549.

Complete your Pittsburgh experience with a trip to Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterwork! Designed for the Kauffman family in 1935, Fallingwater is perched above a tumbling waterfall, its soaring cantilevers emblematic of Wright’s organic, modern style. Enjoy a guided tour of the home and uncover the virtuosity underlying its design. After the tour, admire Fallingwater from a distance as you explore the forest paths surrounding the home. Travel time on bus: 3 hours roundtrip. 

 

Explore Pittsburgh!

Pittsburgh Arts & Culture organizations are excited to host AMMC 2019!  Enjoy these exclusive discounts and offerings for conference attendees.  Discounts valid from Friday, March 29 - through Sunday, April 7 (hours vary by organization).  Conference registration confirmation can be used prior to receiving your badge.

o Andy Warhol Museum*
warhol.org | 117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Free admission and 10% off gift shop for conference attendee with badge

o Carnegie Museum of Art
cmoa.org | 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Free admission and 10% off gift shop for conference attendee with badge

o Carnegie Museum of Natural History
carnegiemnh.org | 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Free admission and 10% off gift shop for conference attendee with badge

o Carnegie Science Center*
carnegiesciencecenter.org | One Allegheny Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Free admission and 10% off gift shop for conference attendee with badge

o Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
pittsburghkids.org | 10 Children's Way, Allegheny Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Free admission and 10% off gift shop for conference attendee with badge

o The Frick Art & Historical Center
thefrickpittsburgh.org | 7227 Reynolds St., Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Free admission and 10% off gift shop for conference attendee with badge

o Senator John Heinz History Center*
heinzhistorycenter.org | 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222
Free admission and 10% off gift shop for conference attendee with badge

o Mattress Factory
mattress.org | 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Free admission and 10% off gift shop for conference attendee with badge

o Phipps Conservancy and Botanical Gardens
phipps.conservatory.org | 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Free admission for conference attendee with badge

o Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
pittsburghbotanicgarden.org | 799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA 15071
Buy One, Get One adult admission and 10% off gift shop for conference attendee with promotional code AMMC2019 at the admission desk in the Gift Shop.

o The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
www.culturaldistrict.org/PGHSHOW
Use promo code PGHSHOW for discounts on participating shows.

o Pittsburgh Pirates*
PNC Park
mlb.com/pirates/ballpark | 115 Federal St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Special discounts on group ticket sales for week of conference (Note: exact discount details pending 2019 ticket pricing)

o Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium
pittsburghzoo.org | 7370 Baker Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Free admission for conference attendee with badge

o Westmoreland Museum of American Art
thewestmoreland.org | 221 N Main St, Greensburg, PA 15601
Free admission and 10% off gift shop for conference attendee with badge

*Indicates within walking distance to Convention Center