2015 Conference Call for Session Proposals

Cordova, Alaska,  Sept 30-Oct 3, 2015

The Museums Alaska Program Committee has been hard at work starting to plan an exciting annual conference for you this fall.

Session Proposals are due by February 20, 2015

Please submit session proposals via email including your name, institution, a brief description of your session and any panelists you wish to include. Our conference theme is below.

Joining Forces: Museums, Communities & Collaboration

In order for museums to remain at the center of community life, we must foster dynamic interactions with individuals, public groups, and partner organizations to strengthen our civic role. As the dialogue progresses beyond the ideas of consultation and inclusion, museums are using exciting new methods to engage audiences and be a source of empowerment and change. Join us at the 2015 Museums Alaska conference in Cordova as we explore how partnerships bolster advocacy efforts, inform exhibit development, and complement outreach activities.

The Program Committee looks forward to hearing from you!

Co-Chairs, Andrew Goldstein & Monica Shah


 Is your community interested in hosting the joint annual conference in the future?

Submit proposals for the 2016 conference and beyond…


• Interested communities should submit a written proposal for a future year conference to the AHS and MA boards one month prior to the conference.

• An action item should be included on the joint board meeting agenda under “new business”. The proposals should be included in the board packets for this meeting.

• Representatives from interested communities may make verbal presentations during this meeting.

• A decision should be made on approximate dates and specific location for the next annual meeting during this joint board meeting.

• The community’s proposal must address the following “Criteria for Selection”.


• Ability of the community to support the conference (hotel capacity, conference center, existence of restaurants, caterers, or food service)

• Existence of a Host Committee in the proposing community and its capacity to fulfill its duties as described in this document

• Representation on the Host Committee of members of AHS and MA

• Diversity of conference locations (the MA and AHS wish to rotate the conference through diverse communities with diverse historical and cultural institutions)

• Potential for attracting registrants

• Potential for earning a net profit



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