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September 25-28 | Kodiak, Alaska


The museum field is currently engaging in critical conversations regarding how our institutions can evolve to become more equitable, inclusive, diverse, and accessible. Topics of these conversations include (but are certainly not limited to): how to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve at the staff, board, and volunteer levels of our institutions; ways to include underrepresented or marginalized communities at all levels of the interpretation of history and culture; how to make inclusivity a key part of museums’ institutional values and culture; and how to work towards the systemic change necessary to be successful in these processes. These important conversations are as challenging as they are engaging, exciting, and forward thinking. Alaska museums have a responsibility to take on these important issues and discuss them in their communities and institutions as well as within our statewide community of professionals so that we may grow and improve together. It is through these conversations, and important work that must follow them, that we will shape the museums of the future.

This year’s theme is inspired by the work of the American Alliance of Museums’ Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) Working Group. The working group published a report last year that provides five insights, each with a call to action, regarding the values of DEAI. The full DEAI Working Group report can be found here. We invite session proposals that explore the many interrelated issues laid out therein.



While we will give preference to session and workshop proposals that relate to the theme, the Museums Alaska Program Committee will consider sessions on other topics relevant to the museum field. In light of the recent earthquake in Anchorage/Mat-Su area, we encourage and welcome a handful of proposals for sessions and workshops on disaster planning and response.

Please send proposals to the Program Committee or fill out this online form by April 7th, 2019.

Proposals should include:

  • Contact email address
  • Names of all presenters with a one-sentence biographical statement
  • Presentation format and length (see below for ideas)
  • Proposed title
  • Description (limit 100 words)
  • Technology or equipment needs
  • Answer the following question: How does your proposal align with the theme?
  • Select as many of the following areas that apply to your proposal:
      • Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Inclusion
      • Disaster Planning & Response
      • Advocacy
      • Boards & Leadership
      • Financial Sustainability
      • Collections
      • Community Engagement & Impact
      • Education & Interpretation
      • Volunteers
      • Curatorial Practice
      • Management & Administration
      • Exhibits
      • Human Resources & Career Management
      • Other: fill in the blank

Format and Length

The Program Committee hopes to let the content drive the conference schedule, with individual or group sessions of a variety of lengths (30, 60, 90, and 180 minutes long, as well as full- and half-day workshops) so please submit ideas in any format. We encourage creative and interactive presentation styles, and will consider any hosting and presenting model that is well thought out and described. Here are a handful of ideas:

  • Open space
  • Lightning talks
  • PechaKucha
  • World café
  • Demonstration
  • Debate
  • Panel Presentation
  • Think Tank or Roundtable Discussion
  • Creative or Introductory Workshop
  • In-Depth Workshop
  • Other possibilities can be found at this website

Note: The Program Committee reserves the right to organize and combine sessions in a manner to suit scheduling needs. We appreciate your understanding.

Considerations as you draft your proposal:

  • Proposals must be clear, concise, and to the point.
  • What will attendees learn or accomplish during the session or workshop? Will there be any hands-on portion, or a handout?
  • Does your proposal relate to the theme?
  • Think creatively about your presentation format. What format is best for your content? How will you engage the audience in a dialogue?
  • Proposals should address the conference audience. Attendees will include museum staff, museum board members, museum volunteers, representatives from from various types of museums, and representatives from other types of organizations and companies. Attendees may also include historians, archivists, and librarians.



Is your community interested in hosting the joint Museums Alaska/Alaska Historical Society annual conference in the future? Contact us.


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