Conferences

Association of African American Museums

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will be the host institution, and Washington, D.C. the host city, for the 2017 Annual Conference of the Association of African American Museums (AAAM), July 31-August 4. The conference will take place at the Capital Hilton Hotel, 1001 16th St. NW, Washington, DC. The AAAM conference theme is Presence, Power, Persistence—Advancing the History and Possibilities of Museum Activism, a fitting topic to honor the founders of the Black Museum Movement that led to the establishment of African American museums across the nation, including the National Museum. In addition to being the host institution, the Museum is the lead on a number of programs and sessions throughout the conference, including networking opportunities for museum professionals at all career stages.

Southeastern Museums Conference

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will provide programmatic support for the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) 2017 Annual Meeting, September 11-13. The meeting will take place at the Astor Crowne Plaza, located at the intersection of Canal and Bourbon Streets in New Orleans French Quarter. This year’s meeting theme is Art, History and Culture in Motion and will provide many opportunities to experience NOLA’s art and history museums while learning and networking with professionals in the museum field. The Museum-sponsored off-site program, African American History Tour: Behind the Scenes Tour of the McKenna Museums, will be offered on Wednesday, September 13. Two members of the Museum’s Office of Strategic Partnerships will additionally be moderating/presenting on conference sessions throughout the week dealing with the potential impact of National Park Service designations at African American sites in the Southeast as well as a hands-on workshop to learn more about the Smithsonian Institution’s “Interpreting African American History & Culture Workshop,” offered annually by the Museum, in partnership with the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission.  

Museums Association of the Caribbean

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has partnered with the Museums Association of the Caribbean (MAC) and the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) to host the 28th MAC Annual General Meeting and Conference in Miami, FL. The conference will be hosted in the U.S. for the first time in the history of MAC.

The conference theme, Breaking Boundaries: Transcending Geographies, Disciplines, and Identities, encapsulates the spirit of the conference and will explore the transcendent power of cultural institutions to connect people and ideas across geographies and disciplines, as well as across categories of identity.  The conference welcomes professionals from museums, archives, libraries, cultural centers and academia; Monday October 23-26, 2017 at the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort.

National Association for Interpretation

The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) 2017 National Conference will be held at the Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane, Washington, November 14-18, 2017. This year’s conference theme is Illuminating Interpretation. Immersed in rich cultural history and surrounding natural beauty, Spokane has long been a place where people gather to exchange goods and ideas. The word “Spokane” comes from the local native community, meaning “Children of the Sun,” and offers the best of nature and heritage. Spokane will therefore provide an ideal location for conference attendees to illuminate interpretation to our communities, ourselves, and future generations to come.

Our partners at Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) will be moderating/presenting a conference session on Crafting an Inclusive History at African American Sites. The session will illuminate the partnership between the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), the Association of African American Museums (AAAM), and Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) to offer a professional development opportunity for museum professionals who are engaged in historical and cultural interpretation at sites dealing with African American history and culture.

Please note: Application materials for the 2018 cohort will open in late summer. Please check back for more information. 

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