RK&A at the 2018 AAM Annual Meeting

RK&A is excited to announce that three of our staff members will be attending the American Alliance of Museums’ Annual Meeting next week!  Both Stephanie Downey and Amanda Krantz are presenting sessions at the meeting.  Stephanie will share a case study on digital learning from the Please Touch Museum on Wednesday morning.  And on Sunday, Stephanie and Amanda present together about the NAEA/AAMD Impact Study.  Below are more details about sessions.

Additionally, Sam Theriault is attending the conference through AAM’s Annual Meeting Fellowship program, a professional development opportunity intended to promote diversity and inclusion in the museum field. She’s looking forward to attending sessions and talking with colleagues not only about museum evaluation, but also neurodiversity, particularly autism spectrum disorder, in museum education and employment.

Please find us in Phoenix and say hello!


Wednesday, May 9, 10:15 AM

Case Study: Digital Learning in Children’s Museums: Visitor Expectations and Methods of Engagement

What perceptions and expectations do adults have when it comes to educational and fun digital engagement for children and families? This session will explore how one children’s museum used research and evaluation to approach an extensive redesign of an exhibition to integrate digital interactive experiences.

Location: 228 AB


Sunday, May 6, 1:00 PM

National Study: Impact of Art Museum Programs on K–12 Students

A recent multisite study sought to determine how students might benefit from engaging with artworks in museum programs during the school day to conduct a rigorous multisite research study investigating the question, “What are the benefits to students of engaging with original works of art within the context of object-based art museum programs that take place during the formal school day?” The components of the study, including its design, literature review, site selection, and the challenges of working with school districts, will be shared along with the results.

Location: 129 AB

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