CAJM 2014: Retreat/Forward
From March 23-25, 2014, CAJM's 2014 national gathering, Retreat/Forward: Connecting to Communities in Changing Times, will convene in the idyllic setting of the Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center outside of Baltimore, MD. Event participants will have two and a half stimulating, focused, and fun days to reflect on current cultural trends, the state of the Jewish museum field, strategies for strengthening our institutions - and CAJM itself. Balancing the theoretical and the practical, the retreat will shift our customary ratio of presentation and conversation, placing new emphasis on dialogue, breakout sessions, and small group discussions.
Avi Decter, CAJM's Treasurer, Managing Director of History Now, and former Director of the Jewish Museum of Maryland, and Zachary Levine, Curator at Yeshiva University Museum, are the able Co-Chairs for Retreat/Forward. Bringing past experience as planners and presenters at CAJM conferences, they are devising innovative structure, formats, and themes for the retreat, together with a dedicated program committee. Marvin Pinkert, current Executive Director of the Jewish Museum of Maryland and former Director of the National Archives Experience, is Host Chair.
Talented presenters will serve as guides, sharing information and perspectives on the arrival of participatory culture and the emergence of new learning grids; changing audiences and audience expectations; new norms for civic/community engagement; and evolution within Jewish communities.
Key presenters and session leaders include Ford W. Bell, President of the American Alliance of Museums; Marsha Semmel, former Acting Director of the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services; Steven M. Cohen, advisor to the Pew Research Center study, "A Portrait of Jewish Americans," and Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; Liz Lerman, MacArthur Fellow and founder of Liz Lerman Dance; Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin, founder of the Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network; Mary Alexander, Director of the Museum Advancement Program at the Maryland Historical Trust; and Laura Schiavo, Assistant Professor of Museum Studies at The George Washington University. Preeminent national consultants who are participating include Richard Evans, President of EmcArts; Randi Korn, President of Randi Korn & Associates; Peter Linett, Chairman and Chief Idea Officer of Slover Linett Audience Research; and Katherine Prince, Senior Director of Strategic Foresight at KnowledgeWorks.
These experts will be joined by distinguished panel members, and additional scholars and practitioners from the DC/Baltimore area will join breakout group discussions. The retreat will also offer refreshing breaks for text study, meditation, walks, games, and performances.