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The New Jersey Association of Museums (NJAM) Annual Meeting

The New Jersey Association of Museums (NJAM) Annual Meeting includes a morning reception, keynote presentation, the annual business meeting electing board members and presenting the treasurer's report, a networking luncheon, a professional development session and tours of the venue. This year it will also feature the presentation of the John Cotton Dana Award. For more information about NJAM click here


9 – 9:30 am: NJAM Board arrival

10 – 10:30 am: Registration, coffee, light breakfast fare

10:30 am: Welcome and Introduction by Michael Cagno, Executive Director of The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University, followed by Nicholas Wood, NJAM President, introduction of keynote speaker

10:40 am - 12 pm: Keynote speakers’ presentation and Q & A: What's in a Name? The Stockton Exhibition Project as a Teachable Moment

When administrators at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ moved the bust of Richard Stockton from its place of prominence at the library entrance, reactions from across the campus, wider community, and the press were immediate, diverse, and impassioned. Some people complained that the university had succumbed to political correctness, while others argued that removing the bust of a slaveholder did not go far enough. This presentation explores the teachable moment that resulted, as well as the university’s plan of action, including: a series of programs about the study of history and the processes of memorialization and commemoration; a research initiative to produce a well-documented, comprehensive study about the institution's past; and, most importantly, time and space for multiple perspectives to be heard, discussed, and critically evaluated.

Keynote Speakers:

Michelle Craig McDonald, Chief Officer for Academic Programming, Atlantic City & Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Stockton University

Heather Halpin Perez, Special Collections Librarian & University Archivist, Richard E. Bjork Library, Stockton University

NOON – 1:30 pm: Networking luncheon and Dana Award Presentation

1:30 – 2:30 pm: Professional Development speakers followed by Q & A: Collective Identity: The Legacy of Apprenticeship Under Toshiko Takaezu

Skeffington Thomas, Donald Fletcher and Michael Steelman will talk about the work and mentorship of world-renowned ceramist Toshiko Takaezu, the creation of the Toshiko Takaezu Foundation, and the continuing work towards a lasting legacy that shares Takaezu's philosophy of life and her art. They will also talk about the process of turning her former work and living spaces into gallery spaces with studios that offer artists' residencies.

2:30 - 3:30 pm: Tour of Noyes Arts Garage current exhibitions, studios, shops

3 - 3:30 pm: Program concludes

The New Jersey Association of Museums (NJAM) is a nonprofit membership organization serving professionals and museums in the state.  The New Jersey Association of Museums (NJAM):

·       Facilitates the exchange of information through educational and networking opportunities

·       Increases and enhances knowledge of museum practices

·       Advocates on behalf of New Jersey museum professionals and museums

Earlier Event: June 15
satARTdays: Paint & Pot
Later Event: June 19
Atlantic City Food Tour: Ducktown