2023 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. 

Tuesday January 17:    How to write an HRDP grant application.    Jared McDonald, Madison County Historical Complex and Angela Stanford, Advanced Museum Services, have both written and reviewed HRDP grant applications.  This session will help you write a more successful application.

February 20:  Tour Guide Training 2.0.  Montauk Historic Site and its evolving focus away from objects and to themes and personal stories.    Hannah Frederick, Montauk Historic Site Coordinator.    

March 20:    Overview of the IMLS CAP Program. The Collections Assessment for Conservation (CAP) program is designed to help small and mid-sized museums better care for their collections. A CAP assessment is a study of an institution’s collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its collections care policies and procedures. The assessment involves a site visit by collections and building assessors, who spend two days touring the museum and interviewing staff and governing officials. The assessors then prepare a comprehensive report that outlines recommendations for improving collections care.     Tara Templeman, Curator, the History Center and Hannah Frederick, Montauk Historic Site Coordinator.

First Quarter presentations sponsored by The Dickinson Vaults.    

April 3: BONUS SESSION!  Archives 101.  Speakers: Kate Levasseur, Archivist, World Food Prize and Cheyenne Jansdatter, Archives Manager & Outreach Associate, Museum of Danish America.

April 17:    The Spectrum Project combines music, movement, drama and art for children with differing abilities. Productions are created by the ideas of the performers with direction from college students. For more information http://www.spectrumproject.org Kevin Droe, Coordinator, Spectrum Project, University of Northern Iowa.
May 15:    Overcoming the Barriers to Museum Fundraising Success. Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, CNP, for a presentation focused on actionable solutions to common fundraising problems.  Chad will reveal the most common barriers to effective fundraising at the museums that he as served and provide tips for overcoming them.  Attendees will also be given free access to document samples and templates which will help to fast track the implementation of these solutions.  Ample time will be reserved for questions so that attendees can also pick Chad’s brain for solutions to their “not so common” museum fundraising challenges.      Chad Barger, CFRE, CNP  

June 19 (Juneteenth):   Recognizing Opportunities to provide Access.  Semehar Ghebrekidan is the Community Inclusion Liaison for Sioux City, Iowa, assessing community needs across a spectrum of areas and providing training to build awareness of those needs and how they can be addressed.  Semehar will share examples from her collaborations with the Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City Museum, Sioux City Library and others, relating to building awareness of opportunities and steps that can be taken to address identified needs.
July 17:   LEED Certified Museum Spaces: Christian Peterson Art Museum Case Study    Allison Sheridan, University Museums and Kerry A. Dixon, ENGIE North America, Program Manager, Capital Improvements .

August 21:       Museum Exhibits and the creative process.  Tim Wren, Edwards Creative. 

September 18:    Accessibility in Historic Buildings. Speakers will present low budget options for making historic buildings more accessible, including pre-visit web resources.   Hannah Frederick, Montauk Historic Site Coordinator and Alex Fejfar, Ames History Museum.

November 20:    Nature Center Programming - planning in an unpredictable environment.  Kari Sandage, Naturalist at Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center.

1/17/2023 12:00 PM - 11/21/2023 12:00 PM
Central Standard Time

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