The 2019 conference will include events, panels, keynotes, workshops and more.

The Conference-Only pricing (pay what you wish) includes: 

  • Monday Panels, Keynote, and Signature Session

All other events and workshops can be purchased separately.

Evening Events: $55

Post-Conference Workshops: $65



Sunday, October 13

Welcome to Philadelphia
The Academy of Natural Sciences
6-8:30 pm

Kick off your VEX experience on Sunday, October 13 with a welcome event at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Meander around Dinosaur Hall, get up close to some live animals, and take part in an open bar.

Monday, October 14

Conference and Keynotes
The Franklin Institute
8 am – 5 pm

Suggested registration is $175-200, but is pay what you wish.

All day sessions, panels, and keynote from a variety of presenters. This rate is for the panels on Monday, October 14, 2019 at the Franklin Institute only. It does not include additional workshops or events.

VEX Happy Hour
Yards Brewing Company
6 – 8:30 pm

Continue your VEX conversations with new colleagues and VEXers at our post-conference happy hour on October 14. You’ll be welcomed at a local favorite, Yards Brewing Company where you’ll receive 2 drink tickets, the opportunity to take a brewery tour, and appetizers.

Tuesday, October 15

Additional workshops and timing TBA soon! 

How to Avoid Museumsplaining and Create a Culture of Questioning
Andrea Jones, Peak Experience Lab
This workshop advocates a perspective shift away from the idea that museums must be the foremost authority on their chosen content area. Using “essential questions” to frame the content development for programs and exhibitions shifts the museum voice from that of top-down expert to co-learner. Interpretation that shows vulnerability and openness is more likely to receive that openness from visitors in return.
Workshop attendees will participate in experiential activities designed to illustrate the power of essential questions to engage, provoke, and spark self-reflection. They will also have the opportunity to practice this mindset by creating their own museum experiences that use questions to frame content in new ways.
Andrea Jones is an independent consultant and master educator with 20 years experience as a change agent and professional rabble-rouser. She is a cheerleader for immersive experiences, complex stories, and big questions over trivial facts. She works with museums across the country to reinvent storytelling and interpretive methods. In 2016, her team won the award for “Innovation in Museum Education” from the American Alliance of Museums.  Operating under the name Peak Experience Lab, her clients include Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, National Museum of Natural History, Wisconsin Historical Society, and The First Amendment Museum among others. She blogs at


Universal Design and Design Thinking: An End-User Approach to Accessibility in the Arts
John Orr, Executive Director, Art-Reach

In this workshop attendees will take part in an interactive experience where they learn to apply design thinking techniques to develop solutions in accessible arts engagement. Based on actual accessible program examples, participants will be challenged to develop new perspectives on accessibility and disability, while placing the needs of the end-user first. This will be a fun, interactive – at times, probably irreverent – workshop with a goal of placing the disability rights movement mantra, ‘Nothing About Without Us’ at the forefront of arts engagement.


Modernizing an Icon: Behind the front lines at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Jessica Sharpe, Director of Visitor Operations and Membership, Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is currently undergoing a major renovation designed by world renowned architect Frank Gehry. This project promises to modernize the museum and further enhance the visitor experience. Join Jessica Sharpe, Director of Visitor Operations and Membership, on a tour to learn more about this redesign and how her team operates while under construction. This tour will last approximately 2 hours at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.