The Creativity and Collaboration retreat (C2) is an exciting opportunity to connect with museum colleagues, muck around with powerful tools and models for creative collaboration, recharge in a gorgeous environment, and discuss issues in managing and supporting creativity on exhibition teams. Unlike most conferences, this one focuses on bringing in new models and voices from outside the museum field, and we will be featuring workshops led by creative superstars from art, film, and gaming. Plus, it will be fun.
- The retreat will be May 31-June 2, 2009 at Asilomar in beautiful Monterey, CA. It will start at 5pm on May 31 and end at 5pm on June 2, with the option to go to dinner in town on the 2nd (and stay at Asilomar if needed).
- You can register via AAM here. The registration cost is $325 for AAM members, $425 for non-members ($25 discount if you sign up with a colleague from your institution), and the housing cost is $199.26/night for a single, $121.76/night for a double (find a roommate by filling this out and then check out the people looking for roommates here). Registration includes all food, except an optional dinner on the town on June 2.
- You must register by May 8, 2009 or you will be sad.
- There are three fellowships available that cover registration plus $500 of travel expenses. FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED. All fellowship applications must be received by March 30, and fellowship recipients will be notified by April 15.
- The C2 program is a combination of workshops, experiential activities, and discussion sessions.
- The workshops are being led by six amazing people: Kate Shaw, the head of training for LucasFilm, Harley DuBois, community wrangler for the Burning Man festival, Ken Eklund, designer of mass collaboration games like World Without Oil, Tierney Thys, a marine biologist who works with artists and scientists to make documentaries, and Mike Petrich and Karen Wilkinson, who run the Learning Lab at the Exploratorium. You will be able to engage in three workshops, and they will be long and interactive and juicy.
- The experiential activities are informal opportunities to recharge in a collaborative, creative environment. There will be partner yoga. There will be cooking. There will be jam sessions. There will be driftwood sculpturing on the beach. If you would like to help lead one of these activities or suggest one of your own, please go here to share your brilliance. We can’t provide materials, but we can provide willing participants.
- Each day will begin with a discussion session. This will be thrilling. It will also be an opportunity to raise the issues you are grappling with and learn more about how others tackle comparable and related concerns.
- On Tuesday June 2, we will go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for an exhibit creation workshop. Plus, you can commune with fish. We will “officially” conclude in the early evening so local people can make the long drive home, but the rest of the funsters will adjourn to dinner and a night on the town.
- This is a smallish affair–we are expecting 60-80 people (wow! now 100!) and are gearing the content towards professionals who have been working with exhibitions for several years. This is an opportunity to have a much more intimate, substantive experience with colleagues–real working sessions and relationship-building.
- Asilomar is exceedingly beautiful. There is beach and redwoods, and it’s the really good version, with stunning sunsets and all that jazz. You will not be in a conference room the whole time. We promise.
- Maker Faire is being held in San Mateo May 30-31, and we are coordinating a visit on May 30 for those who would like to come in a day early and see DIY at its most artistic. Plus, you can stay at my house on May 30 if you need a place to crash and want to experience green living at its hippi-est. We are meeting at the Faire at noon at the Exploratorium booth.
- The C2 retreat is a collaboration between AAM and NAME (the National Association for Museum Exhibitions). The program posse is led by Darcie Fohrman, Jenny Sayre Ramberg, Eric Siegel, Nina Simon, and Greg Stevens, with support from Dean Phelus and Phyllis Rabineau.