If 2020 and 2021 were about re-imaging the work of museums, 2022 is about taking what we learned, saw, and felt, and making lasting changes to our work in service of our visitors and our communities.
This year’s conference embraces the work in progress. Together we will consider what we learned in the past two years—what it means to be culturally responsive, how we define community, allocate resources, and decolonize and care for our collections. We found new ways to engage audiences and keep our institutions vibrant. Join the MAAM Annual Meeting for conversations, workshops, and roundtables about ideas and projects, including those that aren’t yet completely realized, and the risks, big and small, that museum professionals are taking to change the field.
What is the MAAM Annual Meeting?
The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Annual Meeting is an annual conference dedicated to fostering excellence in museums by providing our region’s museum professionals with high-quality professional development, networking opportunities, and special events.
Type of Session Proposals to Select From
Please select a format for your session. No session should include more than a moderator/session chair and 3 participants/speakers. The only exception to the recommended number is for a performance or round table. Session format should be in whatever style best engage the audience and promote maximum interaction.
- Panel (Moderator and up to 3 Speakers): The most common and traditional presentation style. Can be a case study of multiple institutions or panel covering multiple ideas.
- Single Institution Case Study (Moderator and up to 3 Speakers): Another common and traditional presentation style. Includes a case study of one institution with multiple participants.
- Point/Counter Point Debate: A lively conversation with up to 3 knowledgeable speakers to present opposing views, plus a moderator.
- Town Hall: A moderator plus up to 3 panelists that will open the floor to questions/discussion.
- Roundtable Discussion: An interactive session that allows for facilitation of discussion in breakout groups or roundtables. Can include a short lecture to commence presentation.
- Workshop: A hands-on segment that teaches a skill. 60 minute minimum required. If you’d like to request a longer segment, contact us.
Session Selection Process
The Annual Meeting and Conference Program Committee consists of representatives from the MAAM board of directors, two emerging museum professionals, MAAM members, and a representative from our local arrangements committee. The Program Committee has several meetings to determine acceptance of sessions.
After developing the schedule for the conference, we will notify contact persons for selected sessions on or about August 1. The Program Committee reserves the right to request modifications to the submitted programs.
- Late May/early June: Call for session proposals open
- July 8: Session proposal submission deadline
- July: Program Committee reviews proposals
- Late July/Early August: Selected sessions are notified
- Early August: Release of preliminary program
Code of Conduct
The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment free of bias and intimidation at all of our in-person and virtual events. In accordance with federal and state laws and with non-profit best practices, MAAM expressly prohibits any form of discrimination or harassment based on race, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, physicality, marital status, pregnancy, parenthood, status as a Vietnam-era or disabled veteran, or any other protected classification.
Discriminatory or harassing behavior by or towards any staff, volunteer, contractor, member, fellow, presenter, participant, vendor, or other person participating in MAAM programs or activities will not be tolerated.
Anyone who experiences or witnesses any violation of MAAM’s Code of Conduct should report the incident to MAAM’s Executive Director or a member of the Board of Directors as soon as possible.
If you witness sexual harassment or assault, respond first to the affected person’s needs and safety. Support that person if they choose to report the incident but respect their decision to report or not report.
Caroline Brown, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, firstname.lastname@example.org, 607-431-8248
MAAM is not an adjudicating body. However, MAAM will receive complaints to support addressing grievances associated with MAAM programs and activities.
MAAM is committed to enforcing this code of conduct at all levels of its organization. Unacceptable behavior will result in immediate removal from MAAM message boards, chats, Facebook groups, Discord channels, and the MAAM Virtual Conference and MAAM Membership without refund.
MAAM reserves the right to prohibit participation in future programs and activities as well as the right to rescind association awards, fellowships, and/or and revoking or prohibiting membership.
Registration Cancellation Policy and Refunds
If you need to cancel your a la carte registration for the Annual Meeting, we will provide a refund of the ticket price, less a processing fee, up to 7 days prior to the start of the Annual Meeting start date. We must receive your refund request in writing, by email, or in a written statement through WildApricot no later than 7 days prior to the start of the Annual Meeting explaining the need for a refund. Those who choose to purchase a MAAM membership to attend the Annual Meeting will not receive a refund for failure to attend the conference.