March Meeting: Towards a New Normal? Navigating the Changes   🗓

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January Meeting Info 🗓

Attendance Patterns

We are thrilled to welcome Susie Wilkening – whom many of you know and have worked with! Check out her website and data stories at

Leaning on her most recent work and ongoing evaluation of Museum visitors nationally, Susie will share insights and trends about what we might expect in the year to come. What data do we have to rely on? How do we know what we know? What patterns are emerging? What myths need busting? Susie will be the spark for this important conversation.

Please fill out this survey by January 11th and plan to join us!

Program Details:

When: January 18th, 3 pm EST

ZOOM information:

Topic: FLAME

Time: Jan 18, 2023, 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 889 8627 3735

Passcode: 572973

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October Meeting Info

Topic: Staffing Through Change

FLAME programming returns on Wednesday, October 19th at 3:00 pm EST on Zoom with a compelling conversation around the issue of staffing – how to center equity in our compensation, retain people, find new hires, onboard new (and hopefully more diverse) staff, and care for and heal our internal cultures post-pandemic and in a time of difficulty and change.

We are thrilled to welcome Kelly McKinley, CEO, Bay Area Discovery Museum, and Karleen Gardner, Kathleen C. Sherrerd Deputy Director for Learning and Engagement, Philadelphia Museum of Art, who will help lead us in this discussion.

We’d really like to hear from you about your own staffing issues prior to the meeting – here is a link to a short survey on staffing that will inform the agenda for the upcoming discussion.

The Program Committee is co-chaired by Heather Nielsen and Marissa Reyes and includes Stephanie Parrish, Sara Klein, Keri Ryan, and Judy Koke. We will be meeting monthly to plan programs and convenings and making sure you find yourself enriched by being a FLAME member. Reach out to any of the Committee members with ideas and suggestions for what you need and want!

Meeting Details:

(Please note we are using a new Zoom link for this meeting)

Wednesday, October 19th, 2022

3 pm Eastern Time(US)

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A Summer Hiatus 🗓

After a very productive year, we are taking a short hiatus from programs. During this time, FLAME leadership will be hard at work planning interesting and impactful programming. We look forward to seeing you again in September when we will resume meetings.

Please contact with questions.

Have a great summer!

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Healthy and Responsive Investments in Community and Equity 🗓

May 18th 2022
Dr. Lynn Dierking, recently retired as Professor Emeritus at Oregon State University, and long-time ILI Principle Researcher joins us for a conversation as she shares a summary of her work in this area. Ps. This is National Museum Day!

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SNEAK PEAK: Session one of the upcoming MEL Bootcamp Series 🗓

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MEL Bootcamp Registration is open! 🗓

Learn more and register here:

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Power and Influence: March 16, 2022 🗓

Power enables one to influence others, achieve goals, and overcome resistance – basically to “get things done” – but what are the sources of power, and how does one learn to effectively exercise their own influence?

Join our very own Kimberly Young as she discusses the key elements of power and tools to increase influence In our next session on March 16th at 3 pm (EST)

Kimberly Young is the Executive Director of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Mary Washington where she is responsible for graduate, non-credit, and degree completion programs.  Ms. Young was the founding director of the Bloch Executive Education Center at the University of Missouri—Kansas City where she oversaw the Executive MBA, international programs, and customized corporate education. She has more than 20 years of experience in leadership development and consulting. 

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New Models for Docent Programs: January 19 2022 🗓

Coming January 19, 2022

For years, within the art museum field, the elephant in the room has been the use of volunteer docents. Can we effectively employ volunteer docents in a field based on a deep understanding of art and education theory that requires full attention as it changes so rapidly? Is our dependency on free labor (unpaid internship, volunteer programs) thwarting our diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts? How can we balance the critical role of volunteer docents in public engagement with our desire to ensure all visitors feel welcomed and celebrated?  

Please join us for a broad and rich discussion of docent programs with peers who are experimenting with a variety of models in the hopes of meeting different community and institutional needs. Moderated by Cris Scorza, this will be the first joint meeting held by FLAME and SPARK! SPARK will be leading the January meeting and all FLAME members are invited.

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Join us for a skill-building session on “Advancing Equity in Decision-Making” 🗓

This session will take place November 17th, 2021, and will be led by Aimée Zenzele Barnes (She/They). Aimée serves as the Diversity and Equity Manager for the City of Sacramento. In their role, she is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating Citywide diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, initiatives, and strategic planning. Aimée joined the City of Sacramento in 2018 with over 18 years of higher education administration experience at San Francisco State University where she served as the Interim Director of Diversity and Student Equity, the Interim Executive Director of Associated Students, and the founding Director of the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center. In addition, she has served on a variety of community-based boards of directors, including the SF Black Coalition on AIDS (Rafiki Wellness Center), SF CARE Council, and Center for Spiritual Awareness. 

She/They holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Black Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from San Francisco State University and has a passion for curating learning spaces for deep dialogue, life-long learning, and change management strategies that foster racial equity and inclusion on both a personal and organizational level


For more information on future sessions please contact FLAME