2024 GAM Conference

Finding the Right Frequency:
Museums and Communities in Harmony

Athens, Georgia 
January 17-19

Conference sessions and workshops will be held at:
The Foundry at Graduate Athens
295 E Dougherty St
Athens, GA 30601

Early Bird Rate (Ends January 5):
$200 for GAM members 
$225 for non-members 

After January 5: 
$235 for GAM members 
$260 for non-members

Keynote Speaker: Ryan Lewis

Ryan Lewis is the Georgia Music Exhibit Coordinator for the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia's Special Collections Building. He is responsible for growing the Georgia Music Collections with a focus on exhibition, research and instruction. Originally from Maryland, Ryan moved to Athens in 1993 to attend the University of Georgia and participate in the Athens music scene.

Ryan spent years as a record store clerk in Athens and New York City, co-founded Kindercore Records, toured the US and Europe as a guitarist and drummer, co-founded the Kindercore Vinyl record pressing factory, and worked as an award-winning graphic designer and non-profit communications professional.

In his free time, Ryan plays music with his partner Noelle, collects comic books and toys, and loves traveling with his 11 year old daughter Poppy.

About Our Theme 

Over the past decade, museums have focused much of their work on engaging with their communities in more authentic, meaningful ways. From shared authority in curating exhibitions and the development of born-digital archives, to programming and commemoration efforts led by community members, to more inclusive approaches to fundraising and public relations, museum staff have forged new relationships and strengthened long-term bonds while seeking to work in concert with the people they serve. Many of these efforts have coincided with an increasingly discordant national discourse that has affected the ways we design and give tours, interact with schools and donors, and prioritize staff well-being. All of these factors weave together as we seek to build harmony and understanding to interpret Georgia’s historic, cultural, and natural resources, as well as the stories of Georgians past and present.

Athens has a well-deserved reputation as a hotbed of live music and alternative rock. Chart-topping acts such as R.E.M., The B-52s, the Indigo Girls, Widespread Panic, and Pylon shaped the sound of the 1980s and ‘90s while creating a vibrant local music scene that still thrives today with diverse sounds. For musicians, tuning their instruments with their fellow performers is an essential aspect of the music-making experience. Agreeing on a shared pitch, or finding the right frequency, makes possible all of the melodies and harmonies to follow.


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