AAMI 2023 Convening


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2023 Schedule

2023 Keynote



The Association for Art Museum Interpretation (AAMI) meets annually to learn from our peers’ successes and challenges in crafting and evaluating interpretive experiences for art museums. The AAMI Convening includes two days of professional development, connecting, and fun.

Join AAMI’s first meeting in the San Francisco Bay Area. Four museums will jointly host this year’s convening: the de Young Museum, the Asian Art Museum, the Museum of the African Diaspora, and the Oakland Museum of California. 

The two-day convening will feature keynote talks, in-gallery workshops and exploration, and roundtable discussions addressing many of our field’s most pressing issues. Rapid-fire case study presentations will spark imagination and provide new perspectives on old problems.

Convening hotel

BEI San Francisco, Trademark Collection


(415) 626-6103

50 Eighth Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

We have negotiated a special rate of $159.00 for Convening Attendees. BEI will also waive the $35 resort fee and $35/night amenity fee for our group. Discount given upon check-in. Overnight parking is $55/night.

To book: Visit AAMI Annual Convening Booking Link

BEI San Francisco is in the mid-Market neighborhood of San Francisco, walking distance from Civic Center BART, and the Asian Art Museum.

If AAMI block rooms are full, the Union Square neighborhood is approximately 15 miles from San Francisco International Airport and is accessible via the Bart line using the Powell Street Station stop. The following hotels in that area are recommended; fees are market rate: 

Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square 

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

San Francisco Marriott Marquis Union Square 


San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Oakland International Airport (OAK)

Both airports are on the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) ride from downtown San Francisco and connecting all of our venues.

AAMI 2023 Convening: San Francisco, California
October 12 & 13, 2023 Schedule (details subject to change)

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Light breakfast/coffee, lunch, and transit from the de Young Museum to the Asian Art Museum provided.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Light breakfast/coffee, lunch, and transit from the de Young Museum to the Asian Art Museum provided.

Morning and lunch at the de Young Museum, 8:30-2:00 PM

Afternoon/evening at the Asian Art Museum, 3:00-7:00 PM

  • Case Studies from the Field (submit proposals here)
  • Re-History project workshop on interpreting around provenance and challenging object histories
  • AAMI announcements
Friday, October 13, 2023

Light breakfast/coffee, lunch and transit from MoAD to OMCA provided.

Morning at Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), 9:00AM-1:00PM

Afternoon/evening at Oakland Museum of California, 2:00-8:00PM

  • Interpretive Strategies accommodating artists and visitors with disabilities for Into the Brightness co-created with NIAD, Creative Growth, and Creativity Explored.
  • Interpretive elements and strategies in the core Art, History, and Natural Sciences galleries.
  • Data Dialogs with evaluation staff researching visitor talkbacks in core galleries.
  • Friday Nights at OMCA, food trucks (starting at 5pm) and entertainment (around 6pm).

Convening Only: $200
Convening and AAMI Membership (new or renewal): $260*
Convening and Student/Job Seeker AAMI Membership: $240

*$15 discount off the regular $75 membership fee if you renew when you register

Hosted by a consortium of Bay Area art museums:
Asian Art Museum
Fine Arts Museums (de Young and Legion)
Museum of the African Diaspora
Oakland Museum of California


Who Should Come?
All interested in broadening their networks and deepening skills in museum interpretation.

What to Expect?
During the convening, attendees will hear from a keynote speaker, participate in tours, breakout sessions, and learn from each other through a series of case studies.

What’s Included?
Two days of talks, roundtables, case studies, activities, networking, and fun!
Breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday.
Transportation from the de Young to the Asian Art Museum on Thursday.
BART card for transportation to the Oakland Museum on Friday.
Admission to the four museums and two full days of amazing talks and workshops.
Most Bay Area Museums will offer free admission with museum staff ID or AAM membership.

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