I'm looking forward to the gathering of the Children's Museum clans, otherwise known as InterActivity. This year the conference will be in beautiful Portland, Oregon and will welcome folks from around North America and many international visitors as well.
I'll be giving both my brain and mouth a work out during the conference, and reconnecting with friends from Bulgaria as we start down the road to creating the new Children's Museum of Sofia!
I'm thrilled and excited to be co-hosting the conference kick-off event of PechaKucha on the evening of Wednesday May 9th in Pavilion West of the Hilton (that's the main conference hotel.) We'll have a great group of folks from around the country presenting in the zippy 20x20 format (20 slides of 20 seconds each for each presenter) and a cash bar besides. Don't miss it!
Besides having fun in a cool city (check out Voodoo Doughnut!) the best conference experiences give us all a chance to have the opportunity to connect with other folks who are thinking deeply about the current and future direction of the museum biz. Certainly two of my favorite Children's Museum "deep thinkers" are Jeanne Vergeront and Aaron Goldblatt (click on their names to find interviews I've done with each of them.) Definitely attend one of their sessions if you can.
I'll do my best to do some live tweeting (follow me on Twitter @museum_exhibits or search this year's conference hashtag #InterActivity2012 for updates) from InterActivity and at least do a recap blog post as well.
This is a really interesting time in the museum world, and certainly Children's Museums are creating a big part of that interest, so stay tuned for postings from Portland!
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