Programs and Services

PA Museums Programs

What’s on Your Mind?
June 1, 1 p.m.

Join MAAM and PA Museums as we discuss “What’s on your mind?” surround the topic: Reopening our Museums.

In this meeting, several Pittsburgh area institutions will discuss how they are handling reopening and what this means for both museum staff and visitors. Pittsburgh museums have come together to form a Pittsburgh Cultural Institution Task Force.

Elizabeth Barker, Executive Director, The Frick Pittsburgh
Sylvia Rhor, University of Pittsburgh
Justin Gunther, Executive Director, Fallingwater
Jane Werner, Executive Director, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Moderators: Averie Shaughnessy-Comfort (MAAM) and Amanda Gillen (The Frick Pittsburgh)

Please register here.



You’ve Got a Friend in Pennsylvania Museums
May 13, 5 p.m.

Join PA Museums Board Members, Kevin Schott and Averie Shaughnessy-Comfort for a Happy Hour at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13. Grab the cold or warm beverage of your choice and get together with us virtually!

Kevin is the Associate Director of Interpretive Programs at the Penn Museums and Averie is the Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums.

Registration is free. PA Museums will send a link for access to this gathering at GoToMeeting about a half hour before we begin.


Looking Ahead: Real Estate, Collections, and Risk Assessment
May 14, 3 p.m.


While museums are closed and some are considering how to re-open, this free-to-attend panel discussion will revisit operational assumptions and their carbon implications. This is an especially valuable exercise during this difficult time, as saving carbon can lower financial expenses for the museum. Here are a few considerations including lighting, temperature, humidity control, filter maintenance, water, fire hazard, security and insurance.

While every museum and every collection is different, the precautionary principles are universal. They are also a chance to plan judiciously for the future, as these efficiency improvements will lower annual operating expenses.

The discussion will be based on this recent article published by the American Alliance of Museums.

Please click here to register for this free program. PA Museums will send a link for access to this gathering at GoToMeeting about a half hour before we begin.


Joyce S. Lee, FAIA, WELL AP, LEED Fellow, President, IndigoJLD

Ms. Lee is president of IndigoJLD providing green health consulting, design and planning services on leading edge projects. She is currently on adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and has published widely.  Joyce served under Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg. She was the Chief Architect at the New York City OMB overseeing the survey of major city-owned buildings, including libraries and museums, with the goals of enhancing long-term planning and identifying green design and development opportunities. When her family moved to the midwest before Philadelphia, one of her programs enjoyed the support of two Great Lakes governors in Michigan and Illinois. Joyce sits on the Advisory Council at the Harvard School of Public Health Center for Health and the Global Environment and is a board director at the French American Chamber of Commerce Philadelphia. Most recently, she has been the chair of Museum Benchmarking and Carbon Committee of the American Alliance of Museum Professional Network.

Anthony J. Young, Vice President of Facilities Planning and Operations, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Anthony J. Young is Vice President of Facilities Planning and Operations at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. His responsibilities include managing the facilities and daily operations for three Museums, a Science Center, Nature Reserve and several dozen auxiliary buildings, as well as a overseeing a staff of over 100 employees.  Anthony comes to the Museums from the commercial real estate industry where he managed the engineering and operations of numerous high-rise office buildings in downtown Pittsburgh. Mr. Young brings with him to the Museum Community over thirty years of experience in Museum facilities management and commercial real estate industry.Anthony is active in the community serving as Board of Directors Immediate-Past President for the Pittsburgh Building Owners and Managers Association Chapter, Member of the 2030 District Advisory committee, Management representative on the Operating Engineers Local Education Fund, and Past President of the Pittsburgh/McKeesport Chief Petty Officers Association.

Tracey Beck, Executive Director, The American Swedish Historical Museum

Tracey Beck is the Executive Director of the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia, PA. The ASHM has a beautiful 94 year old building located in a large city park and 5 full-time and 5 part-time staff members. In her 14 years at the museum, Tracey has supervised major facility renovations, including the installation of a fire detection system, replacement of the storm water management system, and renovation of multiple galleries and public spaces.  Prior to working at the ASHM, Tracey was the Director of the Department of Educational Programs at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, in Wilmington, DE.  She has an M.A. in American Material Culture from the University of Delaware and a B.A. in Mathematics from Rockford University in Rockford, IL.

Hilary Copp, Business Development: Fine Art and Special Risks, Hub International

Hilary Copp has over 8 years’ experience in the fine art insurance industry. She currently works in businesses development and account servicing for the Fine Art and Special Risk department at HUB International. Prior to joining HUB, Hilary worked on the carrier side as an Fine Art Underwriter for Berkley Asset Protection and AIG’s Private Client Group. Before joining the insurance industry, Hilary worked at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in Chelsea, New York. Hilary received a certificate in Art Business from NYU and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Economics from the University of Vermont.


Annual Statewide Museum Conference POSTPONED
The Strategic Museum: Mission in Community
April 19-21, 2020

PA Museums Annual Statewide Museum Conference is Postponed

COVID-19 has generated significant concern around the world and in Pennsylvania. We have followed developments, recommendations, and responses from various local, state, national, and international agencies and organizations. In order to comply with recommendations from many levels, and out of caution and concern for our members, volunteers, staff, and the greater museum community, PA Museums will postpone its statewide museum conference scheduled for April 19-21, 2020 in Pittsburgh.

We will be rescheduling our conference for a time later in 2020, in the August or September timeframe, to be announced soon.

For those registered to attend the conference, PA Museums will be providing options regarding payments we have already received:

  • Registrations received will be honored for our re-scheduled conference.
  • Full refunds will be provided for those who wish to receive one.
  • Registration fees may be donated to support PA Museums.

Please feel free to email Rusty Baker, Executive Director, PA Museums if you have any questions.
(Posted 3/13)

See the Program From Our Most Recent Conference

Trust, Transparency, and Transformation
PA Museums Annual Conference
April 7-9, 2019 in Chadds Ford, PA

Please click here to see our 2019 Program.