FLAME Columbus, Ohio


Innovation & Risk-Taking in Art Museum Education

December 5–7, 2019

Event Synopsis

Are you interested in engaging museum staff and your communities in new and innovative ways? Are you committed to sustaining a diverse and inclusive workplace as you move forward in your practice? Then join the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy, the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise, the Columbus Museum of Art, and the Wexner Center for the Arts for FLAME Columbus: Innovation & Risk-Taking in Art Museum Education.

This program offers opportunities for professional development, networking, and developing strategies for interpretive innovation and inclusion in your work as an art museum educator through case studies of exhibitions, deep dives into education/curatorial partnerships, research on the state of the field, and strategies to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in your department.


Case Studies in Interpretive Innovation with Cindy Foley, Executive Deputy Director for Learning and Experience

  • Gender, Power, & Creativity: The Josef Floch Memorial Collection: This exhibition explores West African art and the ways in which curators, educators, artists, and individuals can work together to create meaningful engagement with visitors.

  • Center for Art and Social Engagement, an IMLS-funded project, asks what “what can creative activation and social engagement look like at the CMA? How can we foster visitor conversations about social issues through art?


Who Are We Now? A Profile of Art Museum Educators

  • Results of Art Museum Educators: Who are they Now? study with Dr. Dana Carlisle Kletchka

  • Collaborative Brainstorming: 20 ideas to diversify the field of art museum education

Risk-taking and Moving Forward: Becoming a Museum Director

  • Q&A with Johanna Burton, Director of the Wexner Center for the Arts, facilitated by Anne Kraybill, Richard. M. Scaife Director/CEO, The Westmoreland Museum of Art.

Collaboration and Partnerships between Education and Curatorial Departments

  • Ann Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, Maya Lin with Shelly Casto, Director of Education and Michael Goodson, Senior Curator at the Wexner Center for the Arts.


Culturally Informed and Bias Conscious Resources for Art Museum Education Directors and Supervisors

  • Preshuslee Thompson, Training and Research Specialist on the Race and Cognition team at the Kirwan Institute

Registration & Payment

Registration is open on a first-come, first-served basis, is limited to 25 people and will close on Monday, 11/18/19. Tickets are $350 for the two-day conference and include five workshops/PD sessions, entrance to the Columbus Museum of Art and the Wexner Center for the Arts, and coffee service/all meals except dinner on Saturday.

Location & Transportation

Columbus, the 15th largest city in the United States, is a growing cultural hub in central Ohio and is served by John Glenn International Airport. Taxi, UBER, and Lyft services are available 24 hours a day and the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) provides direct transportation to downtown Columbus through the AIRConnect program.


The Short North arts district (north of downtown; just short of the OSU campus) is a centrally located neighborhood just blocks from the Columbus Museum of Art, Sullivant Hall at OSU, and the Wexner Center for the Arts. The following Short North hotels are options for your stay:  


  1. Hilton Columbus Downtown

  2. Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus-Downtown

  3. The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center


For questions about registration, hotels, or meals, contact Brittany Shelton, office associate in Arts Administration, Education & Policy.

For questions about content, format, or facilitators, contact Dana Carlisle Kletchka, Ph.D., assistant professor of art museum education in Arts Administration, Education & Policy at the Ohio State University. 

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