IMA Plugged-In

Welcome to IMA Plugged-In, a free monthly opportunity for Iowa museum professionals and volunteers to connect around topics of interest to the museum field. IMA Plugged-In is provided by the Iowa Museum Association.


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All presentations held the third Monday of the month except January, due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

All presentations held from noon - 1 p.m. Central Time, via Zoom. 

2024 Remaining Schedule

All presentations are recorded and posted here.

Monday, May 20 Amazing Space, A Leader in Regenerative Interpretive Centers.  Amazing Space, Indian Creek Nature Center's 12,000 square foot interpretive center, was the first building certified as part of the Living Building Challenge program of the International Living Future Institute, making it one of the most sustainable buildings in the Midwest. As a teaching tool and gateway to nature, Amazing Space is NetZero energy, NetZero water, and models biophilia connecting nature and the outdoors with the built environment. Over 80,000 people visit Indian Creek Nature Center annually to learn about sustainability, land restoration, and environmental education.
John Myers has been executive director of Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa since May 2013. Working with the organization’s board of directors, John leads the strategic planning and growth of the organization ensuring that its vision to create champions of nature is achieved. He has led the organization’s growth with the design and construction of Amazing Space, reinvention of programming, and more than doubling the staff size, the annual budget, and the land the organization owns. John has a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration and is an Eagle Scout. John and his wife, Meridith, reside in Marion, Iowa with their three children.

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Monday, June 17 Post Exhibit / Summative Evaluation. Dr. Heidi Lung, WIU-QC Museum Studies Program. 

Dr. Heidi Lung is dedicated to training museum professionals and supporting museums in meeting organizational goals. Heidi currently serves as a mentor in the STEPS-IMA program and served on the IMA board from 2016-22. She joined Western Illinois University-Quad Cities as Associate Professor and Director of the Museum Studies Graduate Program in 2022, and previously served as Director of the Museum Studies program at The University of Iowa. Heidi earned a B.A. in art history, an M.A. in history, a Graduate Certificate in museum studies, and a Ph.D. in education. Before moving to Iowa in 2015, Heidi lived in St. Louis, Missouri, where she worked in museum education, outreach, and administration at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1998-2008) and the Challenger Center Louis (2008-2015).

Monday, July 15. “Iowa Tourism and iTIPS.” Chelsea Lerud, Executive Director, Iowa Travel Industry Partners (iTIP).: Iowa Travel Industry Partners (iTIP) is Iowa’s statewide tourism association designed to be a champion and resource for the industry. Tune in to hear how iTIP can support the work of your organization and some of the latest trends of the tourism industry.

Monday, August 19. Power of Place. Onnica Marquez recently traveled to Egypt and upon her return prepared a presentation on the power of place.  Onnica will talk about that theme as it pertains to each of our communities.

Monday, September 16.   Medical Emergency Preparedness. Brian Helland, retired Clive EMS and medical consultant. What medical training should museum staff have and what medical resources should be available on site?

Monday, November 18 Internship Programs. Case studies provided by Emma Sundberg (Durham Museum, Omaha), with academic feedback provided by Dr. Heidi Lung, WIU-QC Museum Studies Program.

12/1/2023 12:00 PM - 11/21/2024 12:00 PM
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