One of the ways OSP fulfills its mission is by providing conference support for organizations that build institutional capacity and provide professional development opportunities on a regional, national and international level with strategically broad reach. These activities have an impact that is difficult to replicate by partnering with individual museums. Learn more about the conferences that OSP is supporting in 2018 below.
Association of African American Museums
The Association of African American Museums (AAAM) has reached a significant milestone: 40 years of gathering the black museums field together for advocacy, professional development, and collaboration. Hosted by the Hampton University Museum, celebrating its 150th anniversary, the 40th annual conference of AAAM will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton (located at 1700 Coliseum Drive) in Hampton, Virginia from August 8-11, 2018. This year’s theme is Till Earth and Heaven Ring: Celebrating the Progress and Sustaining the Promise of African American Museums. Conference registration is now open. Learn more about AAAM and the 2018 conference in Hampton, VA.
Southeastern Museums Conference
The Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) 2018 Annual Meeting will be held at the Jackson Marriott (located at 200 East Amite Street) in Jackson, Mississippi from October 8 – 10, 2018. This year’s meeting theme is Museums Rise Up: SEMC in the City of Soul. Conference registration is now open. Learn more about SEMC and the 2018 conference in Jackson, MS.
Museums Association of the Caribbean
The 2018 Museums Association of the Caribbean (MAC) Annual General Meeting will be held in Bridgetown, Barbados from November 6-10, 2018. This year's conference will be organized collaboratively with the Barbados Museum & Historical Society and the EU-LAC-Museums research project. This year's theme is "Museums and Communities: Concepts, Experiences, and Sustainability." Learn more about MAC and the 2018 conference in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Museum will be sponsoring conference travel scholarships for participants to attend and engage in the conference. More information will be available shortly. The call for conference proposals is now open. Deadline for submissions is Saturday June 30, 2018.
National Association for Interpretation
The National Association for Interpretation celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The theme for the 2018 NAI National Conference, “It’s Our Time,” provides an opportunity to look at the past, present, and future of interpretation. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the important role interpretation has played in the past, to analyze the profession in the present, and improve our craft so that we can shape a better future. The conference will be held at the New Orleans Marriott (located at 555 Canal Street) in New Orleans, LA from November 27 – December 1, 2018. The simultaneous celebration of New Orleans' 300th anniversary makes it the perfect host city for 2018. Conference registration is now open. Learn more about NAI and the 2018 conference in New Orleans, LA.
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