MAPS: 2020 Survey About Conferences

Greetings, fellow MAPS members!

Following up on our difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Conference which was originally scheduled for April 22-25, the MAPS Executive Board would like to solicit the opinions of the membership with regard to some alternatives to our conference this year. Please review the proposals in the link below, and let us know what you think about each of these ideas.

Amie Gallagher
MAPS Secretary

CANCELED – MAPS 2020 Conference

Dear MAPS Colleagues,

Many of us are experiencing closures and schedule changes due to the COVID-19 situation. After much discussion among us all, and in an abundance of caution, your MAPS Board and the conference host, Kerri Kiker, have decided to cancel this year’s conference at the Cradle of Aviation museum in New York, that was scheduled for April 22-26.

Instead of a face-to-face live conference, we’re discussing a “virtual” conference: meeting online or through an app to share ideas and resources. Perhaps not as satisfying as face-to-face conversations with colleagues and friends, but an opportunity for some professional development.

Watch for a survey coming soon. Would you be interested in Armand Spitz regional conferences during the summer or fall this year? An online session during the originally scheduled dates? Start thinking about it, and look for the survey.

MAPS 2020 Conference – UPDATE

Greetings, fellow MAPS members!

On behalf of the MAPS Executive Board and the MAPS Program Committee, I wanted to reach out to you all with an update regarding our 2020 Conference next month. I’m sure that by now, all of us are monitoring the development of the COVID-19 situation across our region, our country, and the world. It is affecting our everyday lives, and our places of work as well. Some college campuses are migrating towards online courses, and many museums are seeing reduced visitation as travel becomes more complicated. Several of you have reached out asking about the status of our 2020 Conference on Long Island, NY.

MAPS Conference 2020 – “Reaching Beyond the Stars”

Dear MAPS Member,

The staff of the Jet Blue Sky Theater Planetarium at The Cradle of Aviation would like to invite you to join us from April 22 – 25, 2020 for the MAPS 2020 conference. The gathering, as always, is a great time for MAPS Members to re-connect, brainstorm ideas for education programming, and share with each other all of the wonderful things that we are doing at our home planetariums!

MAPS Conference 2020 – Delegate Registration

This event has been canceled

“Reaching Beyond the Stars”

Delegate Registration due by April 1, 2020

MAPS Conference 2020 – Travel Information


Several airports provide travel to the New York metro area. The most ideal option is JFK
(John F. Kennedy International Airport), which is 45 minutes away from the Museum.

MAPS Conference 2020 – Participate and Contribute

Proposal to Present due April 1, 2020

Please note that presenters must be MAPS members registered for the conference.

MAPS Conference 2020 – Conference Schedule

MAPS Conference 2020 – Margaret Noble Address

Michael McConville, Spitz, Inc.

We are pleased to announce that Michael McConville will be our Margaret Noble Address speaker this year.

MAPS Conference 2020 – Host Facility

The Cradle of Aviation is a part of Museum Row in Nassau County. The Cradle’s collection is housed in the hangers of historic Mitchel Field.