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Upcoming Virtual Museum Conferences

Sep 30 2020

Upcoming Virtual Museum Conferences

Virtual ConferencesFall is always a  busy time for conferences. Though we’ll miss the opportunity to connect with our colleagues in-person this year, moving events online means it’s easier for all of us to participate in, and benefit from, these key discussions in our field.

Small Museum Association Webinars

Theme: “Museums Respond to Crisis”

Instead of an Annual Conference, this year the Small Museum Association will be holding a series of monthly webinars around their theme, “Museums Respond to Crisis.” The next webinar, Budgeting in Times of Crises and Uncertainty, is Thursday, October 1, from 1:00-2:00 pm. How do you predict your budget when everything is unpredictable? SMA will walk through the process of designing the best case, worst case, and most likely budget to help you make financial decisions in challenging times.

Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Annual Meeting

Theme: “Do Museums Still Need Objects?”

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. This year, the Annual Meeting will take place October 5-16.

Once perceived as static “cabinets of curiosities,” museums are now evolving their missions to meet the needs of their ever-changing communities. As we think about how museums will look in the future, we also need to think about how collections serve diverse audiences. The question remains: Do museums still need objects? The MAAM Annual Conference will examine this question in its entirety.

National Preservation Conference

Theme: “Past Forward”

Celebrate the power of place, virtually, at PastForward Online 2020. Join more than a thousand preservationists and preservation lovers at the nation’s premier online conference for those who work to save, sustain, and interpret historic places.

You’ll hear from expert speakers who will provide practical, relevant information to meet your evolving needs in the pandemic and post-pandemic periods. Featuring the themes Resilience and Relevance, PastForward Online 2020 will feature more than 32 sessions on topics such as racial justice and equity, dealing with the effects of the pandemic, climate change, the challenges facing America’s main streets, and many more. You’ll be inspired to think through what these changes mean for you as an individual, and for organizations. Registration rates start at $75 and scholarships are available.

And save the date for the Maryland Historical Trust Annual Architectural Fieldwork Symposium, October 29-30. More information to be posted soon!