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.

Join us the third Monday of the month at Noon for a one-hour opportunity to lunch, learn, and engage.  The format will vary between facilitated conversations and presentations.

IMA Plugged-In uses Zoom.  If you haven't previously used Zoom, you can download it here.  If you don't have a camera on your computer, there is a call in option.   Following registration you will receive confirmation and the link to join in the meeting.

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Plug into IMA during your lunch hour one Monday each month.  Connect with colleagues as we discover the many ways museums engage with their visitors and communities. 


January 18, 2021.  Noon - 1 p.m.  Attorney David Bright, Pugh Hagan Prahm will share a legal update for nonprofits and answer questions.

February 15, 2021.  Noon - 1 p.m.  Using Canva to enhance your social media and branding.  Speakers:  Sarah Connors, Shelby Nelsen, Hannah Fredericks, Casie Vance.  View the recorded session HERE.

March 15, 2021.  Noon - 1 p.m.   Randi Korn, Founding Director of RK&A and author of Intentional Practice for Museums: A Strategy for Achieving Impact, will discuss how intentional practice can help small museums and professionals endure current events.

Randi Korn is Founding Director of RK&A, a company that partners with cultural organizations to plan and evaluate their work around achieving impact. Prior to starting RK&A in 1989, Randi held a variety of positions in museums, including executive director; exhibition designer; interpretive planner and writer; and audience researcher and evaluator.  Over the last decade, Randi concentrated on creating new services to help museums implement impact-driven work for the public good; she calls this work intentional practice, which is the focus of her new book Intentional Practice for Museums: A Strategy for Achieving Impact and will be the focus of our conversation this afternoon. 

Randi also shares her enthusiasm for learning through intentional practice at conferences and in journal articles, book chapters, and the classroom. She taught evaluation at The George Washington University and University of the Arts, has lectured at the University of Maryland, University of Washington, and Johns Hopkins, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan.  She was the recipient of the Southeastern Museum Education Division Museum Educator of the Year award from the National Art Education Association (NAEA). She served on the board of the Visitor Studies Association twice since its founding and was appointed a Research Commissioner for the National Art Education Association. 

April 19, 2021. Noon - 1 p.m.  Collecting during Crisis.  Felicite Wolfe, African American Museum of Iowa, Nick Erickson, Grout Museum District and Liz Crooks, Old Capitol Museum.

May 17, 2021.  Noon - 1 p.m.   Strategic Survival & Synergy to Success: Planning how your organization can emerge from uncertain times as a stronger and energized team. James Hoelscher, CEcD, Senior Program Manager at UNI's Institute for Decision Making.
James provides consultation to rural/urban community and economic development organizations undertaking strategic planning related to entrepreneurship, business retention, industry recruitment, community-wide planning, marketing, tourism, and organizational structure. He coordinates UNI’s Economic Development Administration University Center and is the Director of the Heartland Economic Development Course.  James is a Certified Economic Developer, is a member of the International Economic Development Council, and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy.  He currently serves as the President of the Professional Developers of Iowa and on the executive committees of the Iowa Rural Development Council and Iowa Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative.

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1/18/2021 12:00 PM - 11/15/2021 12:00 PM
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