I arrived in Florida two weeks ago. The first week was consumed with setting the exhibits back up in the museum after having been in New York to teach the previous year. My friend, advisor, and confidant, the amazing Susan Brecker flew into town the second week. We spent long days brainstorming on the next steps for the museum and taking meetings in Tampa. During that time we also toured MOSI I and the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa.
Inspiration was everywhere. We worked our butts off and it was a productive and positive week. Then, on Tuesday I drove from St. Petersburg to Orlando to attend the FAM Conference. It was a whirlwind day of sessions on grant writing, bragging about our projects, and networking. I stayed out late and didn’t get to bed till 1 AM. Then, on Wednesday I had the great privilege of presenting a panel called “Putting Your Museum on the Map With Spit and Grit” with Wayne Atherholt, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs in St. Petersburg. After only meeting once before over a year ago, I asked him if he would help to lead this workshop. I was enormously grateful that he agreed to join me.
All in all, I had a really fun time with all the other museum professionals, historians, curators, and directors. Everyone was friendly and warm. I was bringing a lot of New York attitude to the table, couldn’t help myself. This is a huge transition. When I was packing for the conference, I couldn’t find any of my Florida clothes. I attended all the events and black leather and leopard. Now, back home at the museum in St. Pete, as I continue to unpack and get set up I, have indeed, located my clothes. Yay!
Transitions are challenging, but I can’t think of a better place to bring the MOM Museum than here. Very grateful for old friends, new friends, family, and positive ventures yet to come.
Oh yeah – and go go go all the #Green Marchers today! That’s the MOTHER OF US ALL ya know!