Upcoming Topics

VSA offers opportunities for professionals and students to further hone their skills through webinars, web chats, book clubs, and virtual networking. Virtual learning offerings address a variety of topics in our field and provide helpful resources and strategies relevant to a wide range of practitioners. These offerings provide opportunities for audience engagement, and provide time for participants to ask questions. Members of VSA receive discounted registration to these events, so consider joining!

If you would like to make suggestions for future Professional Development topics, please contact [email protected]. For technical assistance accessing the hangout, please contact [email protected].

** All fee-based web chats will be recorded. Those recordings will be sent out to registered participants after the session (both those who joined live and those who did not). The slide decks and chat messages shared during the live session will not be made available since they should be interpreted within the context of the speakers’ presentations. Participants during the live session do have the ability to save the chat to their devices.

New!  We plan to record reading group sessions. Register and the recording will be emailed to you after the conversation.
We have not recorded reading group conversations in the past to promote participation.  We hope the increased access outweighs the benefits of non-recorded communal space.

What’s going on in here? Observing interactive experiences in art museums
Wednesday, August 24, 2:00 pm Eastern

Join members of the Art Museum Focused Interest Group (FIG) for a web chat about work related to conducting visitor observations of interactive experiences in art museums. FIG members Caitlin Tracey-Miller from the Cincinnati Art Museum and Alyssa Carr from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will share a few recent case studies, then open it up for discussion. You’ll hear about their experience and takeaways from planning and conducting observations of interactive experiences, then we invite you to share your thoughts and questions in an open dialogue.


R for the Rest of Us

Join VSA members in a special opportunity to learn R (open source statistical software) with a cohort of VSA members. This training is provided by R for the Rest of Us and modeled on R in 3 Months, a tested cohort-based program.

Why join? Learning R will save you time and money.
Time because you’ll learn to work more efficiently, automating tedious work through the magic of reproducibility. Money because you’ll never have to pay exorbitant fees for SPSS, SAS, or Stata again. Plus learning as a cohort of VSA members will provide a supportive learning community.

This VSA Members-only training starts September 21 and runs weekly on Wednesdays at 1 pm Eastern until December 14.

The members-only discount is $849 ($150 off the regular training cost)! REGISTER HERE

Reading Group: “Awe & Memories of Learning in Science and Art Museums
Thursday, September 22, 2:00 pm Eastern

Please join us for a book club-style discussion of this year’s Screven Award-winning article, "Awe & Memories of Learning in Science and Art.” The conversation will be directed by the interests and input of participants. In the first 30 minutes, we will have an open discussion about individual questions and curiosities. Two of the authors, C. Aaron Price and Lauren Applebaum, will join us for the second 30 minutes of the discussion.  We encourage you to come ready to share your thoughts and raise questions!


This webchat is available to VSA Members only.