FLAME Receives IMLS Award

Many of us reach museum leadership roles with a strong background in the content area, but rather less training in business and leadership. That’s why we’re so thankful to be able to announce that last week we were awarded an IMLS grant that supports ILI’s work with one of our allied organizations – FLAME (the Forum for Leadership in Art Museum Education). This National Leadership in Museums award investigates impacts on Directors/Leadership after they’ve attended 3 valuable boot camps. The camps will cover topics such as financial acumen, strategic planning, and sense-making and will offer new tools to those charged with navigating volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environments. (VUCA)

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Events NEWS

Two New Professional Development Opportunities! 🗓

2021 VIRTUAL CONVENING: Frameworks for Guiding Institutional Change and Developing Positive Dialogue Workshop

This two-part workshop on Frameworks for Guiding Institutional Change and Developing Positive Dialogue will be led by Braden Partner, Director of Methodology and Practice with The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. The Coalition works with organizations to better support their communities in building just and humane futures. These two sessions will offer participants an approach for leading organizational change and developing positive dialogue inside and outside of their organizations. The first session will share background on theories of change, a progression for transforming injustice, and agency for individual and institutional impact. The second session will begin to take theory to practice through core concepts of dialogue and several foundational skills and tools. 

Dates: (Workshop includes two three-hour sessions) 

Monday, September, 27, 2021, 1:00 PM EST (10:00 AM PST) and Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 1:00 PM EST (10:00 AM PST)

Registration will open in early July on the FLAME website. Note: there well be a maximum of 25 participants, but a waiting list will be taken as, if there is demand, we will add future workshops. Fee: $85Two scholarships will be available for colleagues whose positions were eliminated due to COVID.


You might remember our August 2020 speaker, Charmaine McCreary, an executive coach. She talked about how to communicate your value on leadership teams. Her talk was very well received, and, in fact, people asked for more! Museum Enterprise Leadership (MEL) has developed a Bootcamp with Charmine entitled COMPETENT, CONFIDENT, & COURAGEOUS: Leadership Strategies Positioning You for Success that will take place on July 15 and 23rd. For more information, or to register see this webpage.


Recent Research on Art Museum Apps and The Use of Emerging Technologies and Digital Art with Dr. Liron Efrat 🗓

Liron Efrat is a boundary crosser who recently completed an unconventional art history PhD in digital cultural heritage. Her research explores museum apps and museums’ use of emerging technologies, and digital art. Previously the digitization specialist at the Israel Museum and a data analyst for the global software corporation ProQuest, she is currently working on establishing an online database of cultural heritage AR apps.


Creating a Mindset for Constructive Conversations 🗓

A talk by Deborah O’Leary, a Human Resources professional who spent 2 decades in art museums.


Shaping a Shared Future 🗓

Shaping a Shared Future – Let’s read 2 articles about current demographic societal shifts – (NOT COVID!). Then, in small groups, let’s analyze how that will shape the museum audience of the future, what this means for our work and how we should be preparing. 

The 3 articles are: