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Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA)

GLPA Group Photo-2018


Affiliate Representative:

Mike Smail

Adler Planetarium
1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60605 USA

Webmaster: Tom Dobes, Technology Chair

Publication: GLPA Newsletter
Bart Benjamin, Editor


GLPA areaGLPA primarily serves the US states of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, but we have members in almost every US state, and several countries around the globe.


Recent projects:

We are currently investigating a new platform to allow interested parties to purchase and download our fulldome productions and classic show kits directly through our website. We’ve also completed migration of all our administrative documentation to Google Docs and Drive, and are continuing efforts to ensure that all our data is GDPR-compliant.

Our 2018 conference saw our first Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion educational workshop, and we are looking at ways to continue that as a series for future conferences.

There is also significant effort being put into modernizing and streamlining our conference planning documentation, to make the process the best we can for future GLPA conference hosts. This included a significant restructuring in how sponsors pay for exhibition time at our annual conference.

We’ve also been continuing to collaborate with PPA in the PWS (Planetarium Web Seminar), an online PD livestream that occurs on the last Friday of every month.

Affiliate Reports to Council:


Last updated: 5 July 2019

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