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Sun, January 1 - Sun, December 31, 2017
Maine Archives and Museums Annual Conference
Cumberland Center, Maine
Venue: to be announced
Maine Archives and Museums holds an annual conference each fall (Oct in 2016) with a day-long slate of listening, learning, networking, and more. The annual meeting of MAM's membership also takes place at the conference each year--this is your chance as a MAM member to vote on new officers or changes in policy, or to address issues that affect the organization and its membership. The conference offers a mixture of sessions, workshops, networking opportunities, and a dynamic keynote address that will leave you feeling recharged, connected, and inspired with new ideas to assist you in the care and management of your collecting institution. Details to be announced.
www.mainemuseums.org/Conference
Fri, June 9 - Tue, June 13, 2017
2017 ALHFAM Annual Meeting External Event Page
Henrietta, New York
Venue: Headquartered at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Inn and Conference Center
The 2017 The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) Annual Meeting will be hosted by Genesee Country Village & Museum and take place June 9-13, 2017, with two days of professional workshops and field trips on June 9 and 10. We will be headquartered at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Inn and Conference Center in Henrietta, NY. The theme of the meeting is "Breaking Through Barriers: Living History in Modern Times," encouraging attendees to "consider how their own museum, business or program has, or will, evolve to remove barriers that may inhibit growth, creativity, access to collections and information, communication, or even survival."
For more information, please email info@alhfam.org.
Sun, June 11 - Tue, June 13, 2017
Kentucky Museum & Heritage Alliance Annual Conference External Event Page
Frankfort, Kentucky
Organized by the Kentucky Museum & Heritage Alliance: Planning for the program for the upcoming Professional Development & Networking Conference is underway with the sessions meeting the requirements of the KMHA Professional Development Certificate.
Sun, June 18 - Wed, June 21, 2017
2017 Annual Conference Virginia Association of Museums External Event Page
ROANOKE,, Virginia
Venue: Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
VAM is excited to travel to Virginia's Blue Ridge for its 49th annual meeting, and we appreciate your interest in taking part. As the premier organization supporting the vast museum community in the Commonwealth of Virginia and District of Columbia, we provide quality continuing education and fun networking events for our members at affordable rates. VAM's conference brings together nearly 500 museum professionals, students and businesses from across the east coast for one of the largest state museum conferences in the country.
For more information, please call 804-358-3170
Mon, June 19 - Fri, June 23, 2017
2017 Annual American Public Gardens Association Conference External Event Page
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Venue: HOST GARDENS: Niagara Parks Commission, Royal Botanical Gardens
Celebrating Connections. The Association will be bringing its best to the Canadian Province of Ontario for the 2017 Annual Conference, Celebrating Connections. Canada will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary, so there is no better time to visit some of its oldest, most prestigious gardens. Members from gardens large and small will present exciting new research, best practices, creative innovations, and engaging stories. Plan to attend to share your best, and network with peers! //// Our Host City is Hamilton, ontario!
Wed, June 21 - Fri, June 23, 2017
2017 WaMA’s Annual Conference in Moses Lake External Event Page
Moses Lake, Washington
“Oasis - As you walk through the desert of life, may you always find your oasis…” //// For visitors museums serve as an oasis full of precious items and inspiring stories. They can transport visitors to places far from the everyday world. But for museum professionals, that place of respite can sometimes be a mirage. Hectic deadlines, limited funds, long hours, and public indifference can lead museum workers to search for well-traveled paths through the desert. Thankfully there are sources of support; like desert blooms, museum professionals are finding ways to tap deep into those sources to restore beauty. Just as water runs beneath the surface of an arid desert, your WaMA colleagues offer wellsprings to create your personal oasis. Rediscover your personal haven and share it with others at the 2017 WaMA Annual Meeting in Moses Lake, WA.
Wed, July 12 - Sat, July 15, 2017
Association of Midwest Museums 2017 Conference External Event Page
Des Moines, Iowa
Venue: Embassy Suites by Hilton Des Moines Downtown,
The Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) and Iowa Museums Association (IMA) invite you to join us in Des Moines, Iowa on July 12-15, 2017 to celebrate the long history of museums in the Midwest and explore the role and impact of museums in their communities. As seen in Des Moines, museums working collaboratively with other organizations can transform a city into a vibrant arts community and help it to become a destination for young and old. The 2017 AMM Annual Conference and Meeting “Strong Roots and Thriving Communities” will include a diverse line-up of workshops, sessions, events, and keynote speakers. We will also be bringing back Community Flash Talks featuring Iowa movers and shakers as well as introducing a few new activities in the spirit of our theme of “community,” including group yoga in the morning and an emerging professional networking event.
Wed, July 12 - Sat, July 15, 2017
Celebrate our Strong Roots and Thriving Communities in Des Moines! External Event Page
Des Moines, Iowa
Venue: Embassy Suites by Hilton Des Moines Downtown
The Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) and Iowa Museums Association (IMA) invite you to join us in Des Moines, Iowa on July 12-15, 2017 to celebrate the long history of museums in the Midwest and explore the role and impact of museums in their communities. As seen in Des Moines, museums working collaboratively with other organizations can transform a city into a vibrant arts community and help it to become a destination for young and old. The 2017 AMM Annual Conference and Meeting “Strong Roots and Thriving Communities” will include a diverse line-up of workshops, sessions, events, and keynote speakers. We will also be bringing back Community Flash Talks featuring Iowa movers and shakers as well as introducing a few new activities in the spirit of our theme of “community,” including group yoga in the morning and an emerging professional networking event. We hope you will join us in Des Moines and encourage you to register early, as events and workshops sell out quickly.
Mon, July 31 - Fri, August 4, 2017
39th Annual Conference of the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) External Event Page
Washington, District of Columbia
Venue: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC)
The 39th Annual Conference of the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) will be held in Washington, DC July 31 – August 4, 2017 and hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC). The conference will promote an understanding of social movements – Civil Rights, Black Power and Black Studies – that fostered racial consciousness in the 1960s and cultivated the creation of Black Museums over the past 50 years. This one-of-a-kind conference will bring together representatives from over 200 museums, libraries, HBCU’s, historic sites and cultural centers in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. The Association played a pivotal role in museum activism since the movement to establish African-American places of memory as museums, archives, and libraries began. Presenters are invited to submit proposals that emphasize best practices and sustainable models for advancing the possibilities of these spaces through partnerships, collaborations, and socially responsive initiatives.
For more information, please email aaamconference@gmail.com.
Wed, August 23 - Sun, August 27, 2017
2017 Association of Nature Center Administrators Summit External Event Page
Nauvoo, Alabama
Venue: McDowell Environmental Education Conference Center
ANCA's Summits are held each summer at a nature center from various locations throughout the United States. Summits are structured to bring nature and environmental learning center administrators together for information-sharing, mentoring, training, and professional networking. ANCA prides itself on offering a facilitated discussion format during the Summit, recognizing the tremendous value gained by sharing peer knowledge and experience of others in the field.
For more information, please call 435-787-8209
Sat, September 9 - Wed, September 13, 2017
2017 Association of Z00s & Aquariums Annual Conference External Event Page
Indianapolis, Indiana
Venue: All meetings, program sessions, General Sessions, and Exhibit Hall events will take place at the Ind
Hosted by the Indianapolis Zoo. The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Annual Conference is the largest, most comprehensive zoo and aquarium professionals’ event in the country. The Conference offers attendees valuable networking and learning opportunities, and the chance to explore cutting-edge product and service providers. A draft program will be available online in early June.
Mon, September 11 - Wed, September 13, 2017
2017 Annual Southeastern Museums Conference  External Event Page
New Orleans, Louisiana
Venue: Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
The Southeastern Museums Conference is one of the largest and friendliest regional museum associations in the nation, representing twelve states, plus Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Known for its creative programs and exciting evening events, SEMC's "all in one" registration encourages informal interaction between Resource Expo exhibitors and meeting participants. Attend educational sessions, valuable affinity groups, an extensive exhibit hall, a lively town hall meeting and exciting evening events at the annual meeting. Widely acclaimed as one of the best in the field, more than 600 people attend annually. You'll benefit from a variety of experiences, disciplines and viewpoints.
Sun, September 17 - Wed, September 20, 2017
Florida Association of Museuns Annual Conference & Expo - 2017 External Event Page
Naples, Florida
Venue: Naples, Florida; Host Hotel Information - coming soon!
Valuable to Vital: The Path to 2050. Call for Proposals #FAM2017 Now Being Accepted!
Sun, September 17 - Wed, September 20, 2017
IFCPP’s Annual Conference is the Essential Resource for Cultural Property Protection Professionals External Event Page
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut
Venue: YALE UNIVERSITY
IFCPP is pleased to offer an international conference and/or retreat annually, in the Summer or Fall. The annual conference is conducted in a different host city each year, welcoming cultural property protection practitioners from across the globe. Scheduled for September 16-20, the 2017 Annual Conference, Seminar, Exhibits & Certification Program begins with our traditional Sunday evening (Sept 17) Welcome Reception and Exhibit Show at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale! After guests gather from across the U.S. and abroad, we'll kick off the educational program Monday morning, Sept 18. The educational program will run 3 days, September 18-20, including workshops, seminars, historic and cultural tours, networking activities, group meals and receptions, and much more! The conference ends the afternoon of September 20. Arrive a day or two early to enjoy some free time, stay a couple of days late, and feel free to bring your companions, spouses, and families. Our Yale Cultural Properties hosts have arranged some great pre-conference excursions, starting on Saturday, Sept 16. The Omni Hotel will be offering substantial room discounts through IFCPP starting Friday, September 15. Discounted rooms must be booked online through IFCPP.
HOSTED BY THE CULTURAL PROPERTIES AT YALE AND THE NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER OF THE IFCPP
Wed, September 20 - Fri, September 22, 2017
Oklahoma Museums Association Annual Fall Conference for 2017
Lawton, Oklahoma
Venue: Hilton Garden Inn Lawton Fort Sill Convention Center
With over 18 relevant sessions to plan, we want your input! The theme of the 2017 conference is Museums as Community Catalysts. You can submit a session proposal below or you can email us at info@okmuseums.org and let us know what topics you are interested in having presented! Either way, the conference is about you – our Oklahoma museum professionals – and having your input on the 2017 conference will make it even more powerful and meaningful.
Wed, September 20 - Sat, September 23, 2017
Western Museums Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting External Event Page
Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Western Museums Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting in partnership with the Alberta Museums Association will be held in Edmonton, Alberta on September 20-23, 2017. The theme of the 2017 Annual Meeting is UNITE, and will focus on the ways museums can demonstrate courageous leadership, undertake controversial projects, and make a positive impact in their communities. The Western Museums Association’s (WMA) Annual Meeting is known as a premier venue for those who work in the museum industry to exchange ideas and best practices, network with colleagues, and learn from each other by attending valuable sessions. Attendees come away inspired and energized about their profession. Upon returning home, they seek out opportunities to grow and further the creative culture that is the foundation of our society.
For more information, please call 707-433-4701 or email wma@westmuse.org.
Wed, September 27 - Fri, September 29, 2017
Minnesota Association of Museums 2017 Annual Conference External Event Page
Ely , Minnesota
We're bringing museums together: Museums make Minnesota a better place to live, learn, and work. The Minnesota Association of Museums is a nonprofit organization that exists to provide a network and forum for individuals who work in and with museums throughout the state. MAM offers a framework for cooperation and communication among the state’s museums, giving members the opportunity to meet and share resources with colleagues from throughout Minnesota
Wed, September 27 - Sat, September 30, 2017
2017 Museums Alaska: Social Discourse: Responding to Our Communities External Event Page
Anchorage, Alaska
How can museums be a safe space for expression and social discourse? As museums, we aim to be inclusive, to encourage dialogue, and to support our communities. As our communities’ needs change, how do we respond and stay relevant? Given this current political and economic landscape, the museum’s role as educator, mediator, and possible agitator becomes all the more important. Should museums remain neutral? How can we responsibly encourage these important conversations through our programming, exhibits and outreach?
Wed, October 4 - Sun, October 8, 2017
2017 Oral History Association Annual Meeting External Event Page
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Venue: Hilton Minneapolis Hotel
Make plans to attend the 2017 OHA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The annual meeting attracts a broad range of people and features the best work in the field. The meeting enables students and both emerging and established scholars to network and learn valuable skills. The theme for 2017 is Engaging Audiences: Oral History and the Public.
Mon, October 9 - Thu, October 12, 2017
2017 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums External Event Page
Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico
Venue: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa
Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums' conferences represent the world's largest and most significant gatherings of people dedicated to sustaining and advancing indigenous cultures. With a reputation for providing the very best in programming, as well as serving as an essential forum for the advancement of issues important to archives, libraries, museums, language programs, and historical preservation offices, ATALM conferences attract capacity audiences each year.
For more information, please email atalminfo@gmail.com.
Wed, October 11 - Fri, October 13, 2017
Utah 2107 Annual Conference - Community Impact External Event Page
Vernal, Utah
Venue: Uintah Conference Center
What is the impact of your museum? There are various kinds of impact - social, community, economic, collective - and each is a testament to the relevance and necessity of museums in Utah's cultural landscape. Amid the diversions and distractions of modern society and technology, we are committed to connecting individuals with deeper moments of learning, appreciation, and clarity. To continue this work we need support, resources, and focus. It is imperative that we not only understand the impact of our organization, but how that impact can become a powerful advocacy tool in furthering a museum's mission and goals.
For more information, please email info@utahmuseums.org.
Sun, October 15 - Thu, October 19, 2017
2017 Annual Conference Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA) External Event Page
Lakewood, Colorado
Venue: Sheraton Denver West Hotel
Western Altitude; Western Attitude. The Mountain-Plains Museums Association is a regional museum association in the West. Founded in 1953, MPMA has been at the forefront of museum professional development in this region. Its professional services and support are provided to museums and museum professionals in these ten states: Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.
Tue, October 17 - Thu, October 19, 2017
ICME 2017 Annual Conference External Event Page
Washington, District of Columbia
Venue: National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Smithsonian Institution (SI) in Washington, DC
Internationale Committee for Museums of Ethnography is interested in how your museum or research is addressing historical and contemporary concerns related to Migration, Home, and Belonging. We are sending a wide call for papers, which can relate to the theme in a myriad of ways. Abstracts can outline how diverse audiences are making the museum a ‘home’ and how the museum facilitates them finding a sense of ‘belonging’ to their sites. Alternatively abstracts could discuss historical work on collections and consider ‘migration’ from the perspective of object biographies.
Tue, October 17 - Thu, October 19, 2017
2017 Annual Conference for Michigan Museum Association External Event Page
Lansing, Michigan
Venue: Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol.
Sharing our Stories: The Role of Michigan Museums. For museum professionals, that question has an obvious answer. We are the stewards of the stories of our communities. From the objects we collect and preserve to our exhibits and programs; from the sense of place we provide and the tourism we drive— of course that is important. Of course museums are important. But that value is not always as obvious to those outside the field on whom we rely for support: our governments, our funders, and even to our visitors and communities. We need to tell our own story as well. We need to talk about how we are serving and who we are serving. In an ever-changing and unpredictable world, now is the time to emphasize our role. By preserving and sharing stories, museums advocate for the communities we represent. By sharing the stories of museums, we demonstrate our value to those we serve. Stories spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and build bridges. What are the stories of your museum? What are the stories of the Michigan museum community? The Michigan Museums Association (MMA) is now accepting session proposals for the 2017 conference. Together, let’s galvanize the role of Michigan’s museums
For more information, please email lcbrisson@michiganmuseums.org.
Wed, October 18 - Fri, October 20, 2017
2017 Illinois Association of Museums Annual Conference External Event Page
Mt. Vernon, Illinois
Venue: Cedarhurst Center for the Arts and the Jefferson County Historical Village will host our conference.
Make plans now to attend the IAM Annual Conference in beautiful Mt. Vernon in the heart of Southern Illinois! Cedarhurst Center for the Arts and the Jefferson County Historical Village will host our conference. Cedarhurst is best known for its significant collection of late 19th and early 20th century American paintings, exhibitions featuring regional and international artists, a 90 acre sculpture park, and an annual Art & Craft Fair held the weekend after Labor Day. The campus is stunning and features the Mitchell Museum building, 33,000-square-foot cultural center. If you've never been there, you are missing something spectacular! The Jefferson County Museum and the Village with its buildings and their contents, reflect life in Jefferson County from the mid 19th century to more recent years. Among the furnished buildings one finds homes of the 19th century, a one-room school, a log church and log jail, operating blacksmith and print shops, and merchandise in the general store. WE HOPE YOU WILL ATTEND!!!
Thu, October 19 - Sat, October 21, 2017
2017 MAAM Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh External Event Page
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Venue: 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.
Sat, October 21 - Tue, October 24, 2017
2017 Association of Science-Technology Centers Annual Conference External Event Page
San Jose, California
Venue: San Jose Convention Center
Make plans to attend the 2017 ASTC Annual Conference October 21–24 in San Jose, California, hosted by The Tech Museum of Innovation.
Wed, October 25 - Fri, October 27, 2017
2017 Annual Conference New England Museum Association External Event Page
Falmouth, Massachusetts
Venue: Sea Crest Beach Hotel
Truth & Trust: Museums in a Polarized Society. As the 2016 election confirmed, America is a divided nation. Political discourse is now so polarized, many people have a hard time relating to their ideological opposites. They believe the other side lives in an alternate universe, another planet, a reality completely alien and incomprehensible. /// The political process has upended our sense of reality. Politics have always employed embellishment and truth-shading as means to ends. But this past election season mendacity has become the norm. We are living in what is being called a “post-truth society.” With so many lies, falsehoods, and obfuscations masquerading as truth, it is hard to determine fact from fiction. Reality has become relative. Will our society ever see eye-to-eye again? /// In this context, museums offer a compass. Museum spaces and collections help people find clarity. When people encounter a work of art, an antiquity, a scientific breakthrough, a historical event, a wonder of nature, or any of the other things museums offer, they experience authenticity. This is why museums are considered among the most trusted sources of information today. /// How should museums use that trust? Can they employ it to redefine reality for communities bewildered by political crosscurrents? Is it possible for museums to help unify and heal our polarized society? Restore civility to our civic dialogue? Help unstick the wheels of government? /// Museums have an extraordinary responsibility to leverage their social capital in service to a divided nation. If there was ever a time when museums could demonstrate their value as essential to their communities, the time is now. Add your voice to this vital and timely discussion at the 99th NEMA Conference.
For more information, please call 781-641-0013
Tue, November 14 - Sat, November 18, 2017
National Association for Interpretation 2017 External Event Page
Spokane, Washington
Mark your calendars for NAI 2017, November 14-18 in Spokane, Washington! Immersed in rich cultural history and surrounding natural beauty, Spokane has long been a place where people gather to exchange goods and ideas. As Washington state’s second-largest destination (next to Seattle), the Spokane Valley is a hub for commerce, the environment and tourism. In its past and present, it is the largest trading hub for gathering tribes and businesses that include three states (Washington, Idaho, and Montana) and two Canadian provinces (British Columbia and Alberta). With a vibrant waterfall and river running through this urban metropolis, one can easily forget that they’re in the midst of a big city. Spokane offers the best of nature and heritage, proving to be an ideal location for this year’s national conference. The word “Spokane” comes from the local native community, meaning “Children of the Sun.” Join us in illuminating interpretation to our communities, ourselves, and future generations to come.
Wed, January 17 - Fri, January 19, 2018
Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries 2018 External Event Page
Marietta, Georgia
The 2018 Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries Annual Conference will be held January 17–19, 2018 in Rome, Georgia. More detailed information will be posted as it becomes available. Call for 2018 Session Proposals: The GAMG Board and Program Committee are hard at work planning next January's Annual Conference, to be held in Rome, Georgia, and would like your help in planning sessions. If you would like to chair a session or lead a workshop, let us know. Just complete the session proposal form found on our website and send it to Jose Santamaria at Tellus Science Museum. Urge your colleagues to take part in the conference as well by forwarding this form to them.