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  Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas Portrait  

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is an award-winning visual contemporary artist, author and professional speaker. His work has been seen in public spaces, museums, galleries and private collections around the world. Institutional collections include the Vancouver Art Gallery, British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Seattle Art Museum. Yahgulanaas's publications include national bestsellers Flight of the Hummingbird and RED, a Haida Manga. When not writing or producing art, Yahgulanaas pulls from his 20 years of political experience in the Council of the Haida Nation and travels the world speaking to businesses, institutions and communities about social justice, community building, communication and change management. His most recent talks include the American Museum of Natural History and TEDxVancouver 2015. Influenced by both the tradition of Haida iconography and contemporary Asian visual culture, Yahgulanaas has created a practice that is celebrated for its vitality, relevancy and originality.

    Colleen Dilenschneider Portrait  

Colleen Dilenschneider

Connectivity is King: Data on the Social Role of Museums

As the Chief Market Engagement Officer at IMPACTS Research, Colleen Dilenschneider utilizes data to help museums maintain relevance and enhance their long-term financial futures by uncovering market trends related to motivating visitation and securing support. Colleen is the author of the popular website Know Your Own Bone, a widely cited resource for cultural executives that has been prominently featured in many international publications, conferences, and graduate and professional programs.