Program and Registration

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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.

We are no longer accepting session proposals for MAAM 2020.

UPDATE: Due to the uncertainty of how COVID-19 will progress through the remainder of 2020, MAAM is moving the 2020 Annual Conference online. The Board of Directors and the Staff of MAAM made this decision collectively, determining it to be the safest alternative to meeting in-person. 

This page will be updated as further information becomes available.

What is the theme?

The theme of this year’s conference is “Do Museums Still Need Objects?”. Our Program Committee found this theme to be relevant amidst the pandemic and period of social activism that we are seeing today. We recognize that the theme is larger than a simple question of whether a museum needs to have objects, but also begs the questions: how do we interpret the objects we have? How do we manage interpretation without a collection? How do we use controversial objects to discuss difficult topics?

What will the program look like?

The Virtual Annual Meeting will take place over October 5-16, 2020. We will have approximately 10 days worth of content including webinars, program affinity group meetings, the Weil Lecture, our Annual Meeting, and other networking opportunities. A formal schedule will be shared prior to the opening of registration in September.

What will registration rates look like?

Active MAAM members will be able to attend the conference at no cost.  Non-members may either join MAAM to receive access to the entire Virtual Annual Meeting, or pay-per-event. The cost per event will be under $10.

I have been furloughed, laid off, or am experiencing financial difficulty. What are my options?

You have many options!

  • Not currently employed? You can join MAAM at our discounted member rate of $25.
  • Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we will be giving away a number of FREE memberships: that means that you can join the entire Virtual Annual Meeting AND have access to MAAM benefits for 1 full year at no cost! There will be a short application process to receive one of these sponsored memberships. More information coming soon. Sponsors, want to support this cause? Contact us!
  • We will be releasing volunteer opportunities soon. Volunteers will be able to attend the conference at no cost in exchange for their service to MAAM.

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 discrimination, 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.


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