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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma Museums Association taking 2020 conference virtual

Bob Blackburn talks to the audience at a Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, State of the Media luncheon. [The Oklahoman Archives]
Bob Blackburn talks to the audience at a Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, State of the Media luncheon. [The Oklahoman Archives]

The Oklahoma Museums Association will host their 2020 conference virtually Sept. 16-18 in light of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The conference theme is "Changing Your Perspective" and will offer a unique experience with two keynote speakers and breakout sessions on a variety of topics including education, collections, fundraising, preservation, marketing and best practices, according to a news release. 

The online experience will offer an interactive conference center with an information desk and conference presenters answering questions in real-time as well as more than 14 virtual exhibit booths where participants can learn about museum-related products and services, download information and watch videos at select booths. 

The conference will also have a forum where participants can network and chat with like-minded individuals, a lounge for coffee talk and happy hour and the auditorium setting will accommodate a bonus fundraising session, the keynote sessions and breakout sessions.

The conference’s two keynote speakers are Seema Rao, deputy director and chief experience officer at the Akron Museum of Art in Ohio, and Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma History Center and Oklahoma Historical Society. 

Rao will present "Self-Care in the Workplace" and discuss how museum workers can practice self-care as well as foster a healthy, productive and creative work environment in the new normal of the pandemic. 

Ken Busby, executive director and CEO of the Route 66 Alliance, will serve as host with Blackburn in an "Inside the Actors Studio"-style interview. The presentation will be a live 60-minute interview that will allow the audience to feel a personal connection with Blackburn and his legacy. An additional 30-minutes will be dedicated for questions from the audience.

As previously reported, Blackburn announced in May that he will retire from the Oklahoma Historical Society on Jan. 15, 2021, at the age of 69.

“Conference attendees will have access to a variety of sessions on topics ranging from fundraising in a challenging environment to disaster response and community engagement,” said Brenda Granger, executive director of the Oklahoma Museums Association, in a statement. “We have revised our session topics to ensure we are providing only the most relevant subjects from vetted professionals to best guide museums through the last quarter of 2020 and into 2021.”

Virtual conference registration is open to museum professionals of all levels as well as museum-related professionals and institutions including board members, volunteers and students. The Oklahoma Museums Association member discount rate is $100 and the basic rate is $150.

To register and find more information, visit OKMuseums.org.

Conference sponsors include Oklahoma Today, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Oklahoma Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities and many additional organizations recognized at OKMuseums.org.

The Oklahoma Museums Association is a nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1972. Programming offered by the Oklahoma Museums Association is important as the primary source of information and professional development for Oklahoma's 500 museums, historical societies, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens, historic houses, living history museums, tribal cultural centers and other museum-related institutions.  

-BAM

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Bob Blackburn talks to the audience at a Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018,  State of the Media luncheon. [The Oklahoman Archives]

Bob Blackburn talks to the audience at a Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, State of the Media luncheon. [The Oklahoman Archives]

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