Workshop Series

Sponsored by our 2020 Strategic Partner, The DLR Group

Virtual Workshop Series Fall 2020

Join us for a four-part series of virtual workshops in the Fall of 2020 that will focus on museum operations, aimed to assist institutions and individuals currently navigating periods of transition caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Held Wednesday mornings at 10am-12pm EST, October through December. Only $25 each!


Challenging Expectations and Encouraging Discourse: A Team Approach for Museums
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 10AM EST
Thought-provoking exhibitions that challenge expectations, encourage discourse, and, potentially, confront controversy, have the power to transform peoples’ ways of thinking and an individual’s point of view. This workshop will explore ways in which a team approach to exhibitions can augment the professional training of all team personnel and generate a successful outcome for the museum.

Guest Speakers:

Barbara Rothermel, Director Daura Gallery & Professor, University of Lynchburg

What to Do When Your Strategic Plan is Blown to Hell:  Crisis Planning  
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 10AM EST

Many organizations have disaster plans that address fire, flood, or break-ins. But few strategic plans contemplate the type of disaster wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic or dramatic social upheaval. This workshop will address how to survive profound disruption, and cover topics from triaging operations and layoffs, new models of delivering programs, internal morale and well-being, nonprofit mergers and dissolution, and thoughts about future strategic planning. Participants will be engaged prior to the workshop to solicit situations to elaborate. 

Guest Speakers:

David Crosson, Senior Associate, Bryan & Jordan
Michael Quinn, Senior Associate, Bryan & Jordan

This program is made possible thanks to the support of Bryan & Jordan Consulting, Inc.

All-a-Board! Navigating Board/Staff Relations
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 10AM EST

A balanced partnership between a museum board and staff is critically important in the success of the organization. Yet, why is it that so many museums find it difficult to find the perfect balance? This workshop will look closely at a variety of board governance models and how to navigate the tricky relationships between board and staff.

Guest Speakers:

Karen Daly, Executive Director, Dumbarton House
Sam McKelvey, Director, Menokin Foundation
Nathan Stalvey, Director, Clarke County Historical Association


Make the Law Work for You: Legal Responsibilities of Museum Operations
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 10AM EST

Museum operations include keeping your site, visitors and staff, and organization safe, and understanding the liability you incur is paramount. This workshop will offer a dedicated look at the legal ramifactions of keeping your organization and site safe and the legal duties museum staff and boards are responsible for. Whether from snow or ice on sidewalks, spills and other hazards that may happen indoors, or the threat of COVID-19, operating during a pandemic is one that requires preparation and training to meet the demands of the coming months. 

Guest Speakers:

Justin A. Thatch, Associate Attorney, Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLP

This Series Offers Credit in VAM's Virginia Certificate in Museum Management

VAM's Fall 2020 Virtual Workshop Series provides credit in the Internal Affairs track of VAM’s Certificate in Museum Management. Attendance of two (2) virtual workshops and remittance of a homework assignment (ie: reading, short writing assignment) must be completed to obtain one (1) credit in the Internal Affairs curriculum credit. *To meet the timed training requirements of the certificate program, a homework assignment must be completed in addition to workshop attendance.

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Workshop Accessibility Policy

The Virginia Association of Museums is committed to making our meetings and events accessible to all of our attendees. Read our full accessibility policy. If you need special accommodations for any reason, we require 8 weeks-notice prior to any event. Please contact Christina.

Workshop Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received a week prior to the workshop date will be eligible for a credit or refund unless otherwise noted. Cancellations received after the workshop are non-refundable. Participant substitutions are accepted at any time. No-shows will not be refunded. All cancellations must be made in writing.

VAM reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. In the event of such a cancellation, participants will receive a full registration refund or credit, based on preference. VAM is not responsible for any expenses, travel or otherwise, incurred as a result of participation in or cancellation of a program.

Photography Policy

By registering for and attending VAM programs, you grant the Virginia Association of Museums and its authorized representatives permission to film, photograph, or otherwise record your participation in the event. You further agree that such images, photographs, and recordings may be used by VAM without your prior approval and for any lawful purpose including, without limitation, promoting VAM. Such use will not entitle you to any credit or compensation. You release VAM, its officers, and employees from any liability connected with the use of any image, photograph, or recording taken at said programs.