We are excited to announce that Plank will be attending this year’s edition of the MCN conference. This time around we are attending as a sponsor, and we couldn’t be happier. Supporting museums and their growth into the digital space is something we can get behind, especially now more than ever.

Read on to see what MCN has in store for their first ever virtual conference and what we’re looking forward to!

What is MCN?

Over the past 50 years, The Museum Computer Network (MCN) has created a vibrant community of museum professionals to connect and join forces to advance digital transformations within their industry. The MCN conference attracts over 600 cultural heritage professionals every year from museums, historic sites, and visitor attractions.

In a world where more and more of our everyday interactions are being spent online, we cannot leave our libraries, galleries, and museums in the dust. That is where MCN comes in. Their mission is to grow the digital capacity of museum professionals by providing them with the tools and connections to get there. MCN and all of their wonderful members and volunteers do this by facilitating webinars, mentorships, special interest groups, and of course by hosting their annual conference.

Plank ♥︎’s Museums

Arts & Culture have been at the heart of Plank for many years. Working on projects like film festivals, music festivals, and exhibition websites, we have gained an in-depth knowledge of arts and culture organizations. Whether it’s our expertise in 3rd party integrations, designing meaningful digital experiences, or telling captivating brand stories, we understand the sets of challenges that museums can face.

To read more about where our passion for arts and culture began, read The Case for the Arts.

Our love for museums can also be seen in our work with the Juno Beach Centre Association on their multi-phase project, From Vimy to Juno. As well as our project with Heritage Toronto on a virtual exhibit showcasing the rich musical history of Toronto, which will officially launch by the end of 2020.

And we don’t want to stop there! Part of our reasoning behind attending MCN is so we can continue supporting the industry. We want to help more galleries, libraries, and museums create immersive virtual experiences that are beautiful and inspiring.

Museums in a Pandemic

This year’s MCN conference seems especially important given the year that has unfolded. With many museums forced to close their doors due to the pandemic, digitization remains the best option to stay connected. As people spend more time at home, they are turning to online communities to bond from a distance. Many museums are seizing the opportunity to build out of the box ideas in the digital space.

A big chunk of the conference presentations will be discussing just that; how to bring joy and connect with individuals who desperately need some reprieve during these turbulent times. It’s so important to note how crucial arts and culture are to our communities. When quarantine first began so many people came together to revel over the new Art Generator on Animal Crossing, bond over Netflix’s Tiger King, or even gush over the penguins at The Shedd Aquarium.

So although the museum industry is experiencing many challenges, there are so many exciting possibilities to collaborate and produce creative projects. And Plank is definitely looking forward to exploring them at MCN 2020.

See You There!

Are you interested in attending MCN 2020? You can register here.

If you’d like to explore the many possibilities museums hold, we highly recommend that you attend the event. We also would love that you come chat with us at the various social networking events being held from November 10th to 19th.

Here are some of the events that we’re looking forward to:

  • Art and Science Across North America: Engaging Communities During Times of Crisis Through Collaboration
  • Effects Of Shelter-In-Place On Museum Website Visitation: Findings From A Cross-institutional Study
  • Bright Spots: Creating Social Media Moments of Joy During a Pandemic
  • New Horizon: A Critical Examination of Animal Crossing for Cultural Heritage Institutions

Make sure to follow us on Twitter @plank to get live updates and hear our thoughts on MCN.

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