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While the annual conference provides a variety of formats and sessions for dabbling in different topics, practices, research agendas, and field-wide issues, the 75-minute window for those sessions limits how much we can learn from colleagues and experts. The workshops that bookend the conference and the regional workshops held across the country throughout the year provide VSA members and those interested in informal learning more time to deeply discuss topics, learn and then practice new methods or techniques, as well as better connect with the colleagues sitting next to them.
Conference Workshops - Held before and after the conference, workshop leaders come from a broad range of fields to present full and half day sessions that are lively, interactive, relevant, and offer participants the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills in studying or enhancing the experiences of visitors, participants, and audiences. Check out what workshops are being offered at this year's conference, and consider registering.
Regional Workshops - VSA tries to host at least two workshops each year that draw together colleagues from a local community. Often building upon interesting sessions and workshops from the Annual Conference, the half and full day workshops are a more economical way to receive professional development for many members and non-members than attending the conference across the country.
Consider participating in workshops, either as a presenter or as a student. If you have a topic you would like to learn or teach, let us know!
Upcoming Regional Workshops
At this time, there are no regional workshops scheduled. The Professional Development Committee is looking to arrange two workshops after the annual meeting. Check back periodically to find out more!
Conference registration is now live! Check out our registration page for Early Bird and Regular rates.
April Award and Student Scholars Announced
Congrats to Staci Bennett, Visitor Services Supervisor at Des Moines Art Center, for receiving this year's April Award. Our Student Scholars are Pippa Gardner (University of Sheffield), Kristen Denton (California State University, Long Beach) and Margaret Schriber (Seton Hall University). Come meet and celebrate them on Wednesday, July 20 at the conference!
Call for Dining Discussions
Consider pulling a group together to discuss a topic of your choosing at the conference this year!
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Wednesday, May 18
2-3:30 Eastern/11AM-12:30PM Pacific
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2016 VSA Conference