Program Schedule

Current Program:

Date:Thursday, December 14, 2017, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Title:Designing for Outrage: Inviting Disruption into Exhibitions
Location:Presidio Officers' Club, Presidio of San Francisco
Cost:FREE for Cultural Connection Members and Non-Members

Join us for this FREE professional development opportunity. Cultural ConnectionsNAMEand the Presidio Trust are jointly hosting a live webinar Watch-and-Talk event from the American Alliance of Museums, Designing for Outrage: Inviting Disruption into Exhibitions. The FREE program includes pre-webinar networking and opening remarks, and post-webinar facilitated discussion and curator-led tour of the special exhibition Exclusion: The Presidio’s Role in World War II Japanese American Incarceration.

Violent murders, rampant xenophobia, homophobia, racism, and gender and economic injustices vibrate around us. Is there a way that exhibitions can create spaces that authentically address these issues in all of their moral messiness without rushing to feel-good emotions, harmony, or even empathy? Can there be space for outrage? Designing for Outrage will explore four exhibitions that aim to surprise, puzzle, delight, startle, and even evoke outrage. Using marginal, subversive, or fragmented narratives, they invite visitors to explore a full range of issues and emotions. Find out how you can design for outrage in your institution. 

Lunch is available for purchase in the adjacent restaurant, Arguello. The FREE PresidiGo Downtown shuttle can provide transportation to/from the Embarcadero.

Please RSVP here.

How Will I Benefit?

After participating in the program, attendees will be better able to:

  • Identify practical design tools to engage visitors in the moral messiness of today’s violent times with emotions ranging from empathy to outrage.
  • Prepare staff and administration to authentically host a place of disruption and controversy without it becoming co-opted, sanitized, or shut down.
  • Create a learning community of practitioners that explores disruption, emotion, and controversy as disparate approaches for designing exhibits and programs.

AAM Presenters

  • Barbara Lau, director, Pauli Murray Project, Duke Human Rights Center/Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University at Durham, North Carolina.
  • Jennifer Scott, director, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum; faculty, Museum and Exhibition Studies Graduate Program, University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • Suzanne Seriff, faculty, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin.

Upcoming Programs in 2018

Focusing on addressing myriad issues surrounding social justice, equity, and diversity, we are planning the following programs in the coming year. More details (including specific date, time, and location) will follow. Be sure to check your emails!

February 2018: Developing Museum Leadership — Getting from Here to There

How do emerging and current museums leaders build the skills, tools, and competencies they need to steward their institution with passion, empathy, and business acumen? How does effective and impactful leadership foster a positive workplace? This program will explore resources necessary to help leaders grow from where they are into exceptional managers and professionals, the impact of motivational leadership on the work environment, and perspectives on how to direct one’s career trajectory into a directive role.

April 2018: Build It In, Don’t Bolt It On — Beyond the ADA

This program will consist of a workshop led by members of the disability community exploring best practices in exhibition design and programming that build in accessibility from concept to completion. What opportunities are available when we embrace the disability community? What types of dynamic and exciting results can we expect when we allow their ideas to inform our design of exhibitions and events? Learn how working directly with visually or hearing-impaired, neuro-divergent, or wheelchair-using patrons can benefit both museums and their visitors.

June 2018: Building on Solid Ground — Community Engagement and Museums

How do museums and community organizations build meaningful, balanced and sustainable relationships? Come explore community engagement challenges and best practices from multiple perspectives, and contribute to the discussion on building healthy partnerships within and between our communities.