MAAM Annual Meeting

October 4-7, 2021

Thank you for attending the conference!

See below for important information regarding the Annual Meeting.

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.

2021 Annual Conference theme

How do we center people in museums?

Over the past year, museum professionals have grappled with questions concerning institutional identity, accessibility, visitor experience, staffing, and the widespread inequities of the field. Out of these challenges arose an inspiring host of ingenious, resourceful, and creative ideas. Focus shifted to the amazing people of museums – visitors, volunteers, and staff – as central to navigating these challenges.

The 2021 MAAM Annual Meeting will provide an opportunity to answer, “How do we center people in museums?” This conference will address what it means to be people-focused and will highlight key examples of where this approach can take us as a field. Conference discussions will center institutional identity, staffing, public programs, collections, and community engagement, among other relevant topics. We will share examples of efforts to enact change, discuss the future of museums during and beyond the pandemic, and address the continued inequities that shape professional participation in the museum field.

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 June 30. The Program Committee reserves the right to request modifications to the submitted programs.

MAAM is not accepting Annual Meeting sessions at this time. Please check back in March of 2022 for more information about session proposal applications.

Important Dates:

  • Late March to April: Call for session proposals open
  • End of April-Early May: Session proposal submission deadline
  • May: Program Committee reviews proposals
  • Mid-June: Selected sessions are notified
  • Late July: 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.

Averie Shaughnessy-Comfort, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums,, 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 ala 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.


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