2017 Conference – Call for Proposals
Anchorage, Alaska, Sept 27-30, 2017
Social Discourse: Responding to Our Communities
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?
Session proposals may focus on the conference theme or on other topics of interest to the Alaska museum community. Suggestions for session topics may include, but are not limited to: diversity, board development, leadership, time management, public programming, interdisciplinary work, advocacy, educating the public about the value of museums, collaboration, and community outreach.
Sessions are 90 minutes in length. Please send a description of your proposed session, including session title, content you would cover (250 words max), names of any co-presenters you have arranged to present with, the format (lecture, panel, power point, hands-on, round-table, lightning rounds, workshop, etc.), and any hardware (laptop, projector, speakers) required for your proposed session. Proposals should be emailed by March 31, 2017.
Note: The Program Committee reserves the right to organize and combine sessions in a manner to suit scheduling needs. We appreciate your understanding.
Co-Chairs, Andrew Goldstein & Scott Bartlett