Calling All Involved in Aerospace Museums: The 2016 Mutual Concerns Conference is Coming Soon

mutual-concernsPlease consider attending the 2016 Mutual Concerns of Air and Space Museums Conference on 1-4 April 2016 in the New York City area. Conference co-hosts are the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Registration, as well as the full agenda, conference logistics, information about the conference hotel, and instructions on reserving your hotel room can be found on the Mutual Concerns page of the National Air and Space Museum’s website.

For those unfamiliar with the Mutual Concerns conference, it is a unique, international meeting specifically focused on the needs of the air and space museum community. The bi-annual conference features three days of panel discussions and concurrent sessions, offering everything from practical, in-depth information to timely tricks of the trade. Serving both large and small museums, conference sessions cover relevant topics like fundraising, preparing the next generation of museum staff, providing educational activities, archiving collections, and exhibiting.

The meeting is designed to provide participants with meaningful and relevant professional education in a variety of areas important to the air and space museum community, as well supply ample opportunities to network with colleagues from around the world. Over 100 museum and museum-related organizations attend.

The conference hotel is the Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson. Conference sessions will run from Saturday, 2 April through Monday, 4 April. Sessions will be held at the Hyatt Regency on Saturday, 2 April, at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Sunday, 3 April, and at the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Monday, 4 April.

Sessions include: Challenges of Curating the Present, Surviving and Thriving After a Disaster, Crowdfunding, 3D Modeling, and the One Person Development Office. Former astronaut Michael J. Massimino will be the keynote speaker. There will also be a number of exciting, optional fieldtrip opportunities spanning the area. Trips are being planned for conference evenings and Tuesday, 5 April.

Many thanks to the many museum professionals who submitted proposals and those who are presenting sessions at the conference. Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated! We’re looking forward to seeing you in New York.

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