2017 Conference


Pre-Conference Workshops & Tours
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

These events are not included in the conference registration fee and require pre-registration.

Our Island Classroom: Non-Profits and Museums Finding Unique Ways to Work with Students and Adults on Nantucket Island
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Take the Hy-Line high-speed ferry to enjoy a day on beautiful Nantucket Island. In the morning, you’ll visit the acclaimed Nantucket Whaling Museum for a tour and panel discussion with representatives from the Artists Association of Nantucket, Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum, Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum, Nantucket Historical Association, and the Maria Mitchell Association. Learn how non-profits on an isolated island work with island schools, children, and adults in unique and innovative ways. After lunch you can remain in town for a walking tour of the Old Historic District or venture to the museums of panel participants via provided transportation.
Fee of $85 includes ferry to/from Hyannis, transportation on the island, and lunch.

Steering Your Museum to a Successful Future: Sustainable Growth, Strategic Planning, and Actions for Small Museums in Tough Times
12:00 – 2:30 pm
Small museum folks: this one’s for you! Enjoy a box lunch and tour of the historic Alden House and First Site in Duxbury, plus a one-hour seminar to discuss small museum growth in tough times, including projects and processes to thrust small museums ahead and new strategies for getting there.
Fee of $25 includes lunch, guided tour, and program.

How to Move a Museum: Martha’s Vineyard Museum
12:20 – 5:45 pm
Set sail to Martha’s Vineyard for an afternoon sure to inspire. You’ll tour the construction site of the new Martha’s Vineyard Museum with an emphasis on collections storage solutions and spaces. Then, using the museum as case study, a panel session will provide an overview of the complex process of collections move planning, preparation, and execution. From assessing the space required to store a scattered and poorly housed collection, through the process of inventory, rehousing and reassessment of space needs, coordination with architects and contractors, packing, and moving, the panelists will share their experiences on this project and others with which they have been involved.
Fee of $20 includes ferry to/from Martha’s Vineyard, generously provided by the Steamship Authority, plus transportation on the island. Lunch is on your own.

Tour of Cape Cod’s Arts Campus: The Cape Cod Museum of Art, Cape Cinema & Cape Playhouse
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Join us for an afternoon that includes a light lunch, a tour of the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, including Mysteries and Revelations: Telling the Truth through Cape Cod’s Museum Treasures, a collaborative exhibition that presents a cross-section of artifacts from Cape Cod’s art, science, and history museums, organized specifically for NEMA participants. You’ll also see the Rockwell Kent ceiling at the Cape Cinema and the backstage of the 91-year-old Cape Playhouse, where Gregory Peck, Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, and many others performed! There will be time to enjoy the coffee shops, bistros, galleries, gift shops, and boutiques within walking distance.