2017 MAAM Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA

Mark your calendars for the MAAM annual meeting to be held in Pittsburgh from October 19-21, 2017.  Focused on the continuing MAAM theme to push the envelope, “Making Museums Matter: From Advocacy to Action” will address the centrality of audience and communities to the success of our institutions during changing times.  Pittsburgh’s renaissance from a rust-belt city to an urban center of thriving ethnic neighborhoods, progressive philanthropy, “good eats,” and great museums and cultural institutions, is the perfect setting to enter into conversation and debate about the challenges and opportunities of the coming months.  Watch the MAAM website early this spring for a call for session proposals for the conference in Pittsburgh.  MAAM turns 70 in Pittsburgh, so there will be plenty to celebrate and reflect upon during this landmark conference.  



MAAM 2017 Flyer






 The call for sessions is now open!


To apply, visit this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScL2scrYXMKXGOP4J_5VxWQvhnkN1ZHRt6jerdIkpo_LgMbwA/viewform


Guidlines for the sessions:


The annual meeting is the perfect opportunity to introduce theoretical or philosophical frameworks that explore daily issues shared by all. Sessions should present differing perspectives that constructively enliven the session, and reflect the conference theme. Vendors are also welcome to submit proposals, but all panels must include at least one museum professional. The MAAM Program Committee, comprising recognized and emerging museum professionals, will review all proposals and may suggest ways that a session can be strengthened. The Program Committee reserves the right to edit the submitted proposal narrative to accurately reflect the session content and market the annual meeting in the electronic preliminary and final print programs.
  • All session proposals are due by 5 PM April 17, 2017 and will be reviewed by the MAAM Conference Program Committee.
  • All sessions are 75 minutes.
  • Only complete submissions will be reviewed.
  • Decisions regarding the selection of sessions will be e-mailed to the session chair by May 26, 2017.
  • All speakers are required to register for the conference at the Speaker Rate


Conference Themes and Session Ideas

Below are some session ideas related to our conference themes. You may certainly choose to submit a proposal on a different topic.
  • Attracting diverse employees
  • Using social media and digital marketing technologies
  • Mining museum collections to tell new stories for a variety of audiences
  • Obtaining the skills, training, and experience to meet the needs of the “new museum”
  • Developing programs and exhibitions related and in response to political and social justice issues
  • Developing programs on racial and ethnic experiences beyond typical or stereotypical interpretations
  • Building collaborative community partnerships
  • Marketing, PR, and engagement to and with new and diverse audiences
  • Addressing “one and done” programming and long-term inclusion goals
  • Creating new paradigms for 21st century learners
  • Addressing changes in funding sources
  • Communicating the importance of museums to the public
  • Developing advocacy tools to lobby with your local, state, and federal representatives to protect museums
  • Collecting the Contemporary Experience
  • Nuts and Bolts
  • Other














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