Boot Camp for Academic Museums

Surviving and Thriving within a Parent Institution

1 September 2019, 9.30 AM-4.30 PM

Kyoto National Museum


Duration: 9.30-12.30 PM and 1.30-4.30 PM

Short Description:

A boot camp is a place where people go to participate in an intensive schedule of training in order to learn or improve skills. It is a course of action where you will become more focused, inspired, energized, and dedicated. This one-day workshop will examine the importance of aligning the museum/collection’s mission with the university (parent institution) mission and help you evaluate the museum/collection’s educational role within the university structure. And just like no one boot fits everyone, no strategic plan is right for everyone. That is why in group activities and personalized sessions, you will use theoretical and methodological skills to develop your museum or collection’s strategic plan and deliberate innovative ways of implementation.

Morning Session: Mission; Governance; Strategic Planning

Afternoon Session: Education Role; Group and/or Individualized Break-Out Sessions.

 Workshop leaflet


Jill Hartz (USA) worked in university museums for more than 30 years. During her career she has been devoted to the advancement of the professionalism, role and visibility of academic museums, including serving on the board of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG), including two terms as president. She has served as peer reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Museum Assessment Program and American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Accreditation Commission.
Barbara Rothermel (USA) has also worked in museums for more than 30 years. She is currently Director and Curator of the Daura Gallery and Associate Professor of Museum Studies at the University of Lynchburg, Virginia. PhD in museum studies from the University of Leicester, where her dissertation examined the university art museum as a catalyst for interdisciplinary faculty collaboration. She was a board member of AAMG for 14 years and is currently vice-chair of UMAC.

Target-audience: The Boot Camp workshop is direct to university museum and collections professionals of all levels of experience.

Cost: US $55 UMAC members; $65 non-members (includes a morning coffee/tea and a light lunch)

Limited enrollment. Advance registration is required. Please email Barbara Rothermel  if you are interested in attending the Boot Camp Workshop.

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