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.
MAAM is honored to announce that Dr. Joe Stahlman will deliver the keynote at this year’s Annual Meeting, October 9–11, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Dr. Joe Stahlman is the Director of Seneca Nation’s Seneca-Iroquois National Museum-Onöhsagwë:de’ Culture Center and Seneca Nation’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office. Joe is a scholar and researcher of Tuscarora descent. He has over 20 years of research experience working with First Peoples. His research focuses on culture and history, as well as ongoing socio-economic and health & wellness related endeavors with Native communities. He takes an active role in addressing the space Native peoples occupy in North American archaeology and cultural resource management. He regularly talks on the need to promote equity, equality, and justice among all peoples in North American society through a number of reconciliatory processes which are inclusive for all and empowers people to express agency through creative and intellectual endeavors.
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 15: 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.
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.