2022 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo
Registration for #AAM2022 opens soon! Get ready by exploring what’s new and the schedule at a glance.
Come Back Together in Boston
After a time of unprecedented losses and disruptions, one thing remains true: there is unparalleled power in being together in person. At the 2022 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo we’re gathering for rejuvenation and inspiration so that you are invigorated to play a critical role in the future of the museum field.
At #AAM2022, you’ll join an incredible cadre of professionals with the same drive to propel the field forward, creating solutions to the biggest challenges facing museums today. #AAM2022 is the only event of its kind that brings together the entire museum ecosystem to collaborate across disciplines to tackle our most pressing issues.
On May 19-22 we will be converging in Boston, a city brimming with vibrancy and culture. With a diversity of distinct and unique neighborhoods, nearly sixty museums and many more cultural destinations, innovative tech hubs, and a deep and palpable history, Boston is a magnetic city for us to come together again.
Whether you miss having spontaneous hallway conversations, diving deep into challenges and opportunities with colleagues, exploring museums together, reconnecting at a happy hour, or getting your hands on new products in the MuseumExpo, you have a place at #AAM2022.
What’s Changing About the 2022
Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo?
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us to rethink our processes and how we deliver our core programs. Taking this challenge to heart, we’re reshaping our longest-running program: the museum field’s largest conference. Our plans for 2022 are currently evolving as we determine how to best bring the museum field together safely.
As we plan, we are led by two guiding priorities. First and foremost is your safety. We are working closely with Boston health officials in establishing a comprehensive safety plan for the 2022 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo. Our second priority is disrupting our traditional conference model to create a one-of-a-kind experience–the most dynamic and interactive Annual Meeting yet.
We’re focusing on what makes meeting in person so special to create a more intimate, highly interactive meeting where museum professionals come together to tackle the most pressing issues facing our field. We want you to leave the Annual Meeting reinvigorated and ready with innovative solutions and new connections that will move you, your museum, and your communities into a brighter future.
Stay tuned and save the date for May 19-22. We can’t wait to see you in Boston.
Four Key Focus Areas
Tackling the Museum Field’s
Designed to catalyze new opportunities, advance innovation, and foster an environment for creating solutions to our field’s most pressing challenges, #AAM2022 will center on four key focus areas, as opposed to organizing under a single theme, enabling you to customize an experience that’s right for you.
Each of these focus areas will coalesce around an inspirational Keynote followed by interactive, hands-on breakouts designed for you to dive deeper with peers and come away with practical tools and techniques. The interpersonal nature of these sessions will foster high levels of collaboration and connection with other professionals of the same and different disciplines, all with the same drive to power the future of the field.
Museums in Society
We know museums are community anchors–but what does this really mean? To truly live into this role, our work and institutions have to take the lead in fostering a brighter future for our communities and society. How can we help shape and inform thriving communities by facing issues and creating solutions around climate change, truth and democracy, advocacy, equity and social justice, DEAI, education, and community wellbeing?
The professionals in our field are some of the most creative in the world, with the pandemic pushing this creative ingenuity to new heights. As a field, how do we move from inspiration and creativity to innovative long-term solutions that address shifting community needs and a changing world? We’ll explore innovation in technology, digital engagement, exhibitions, audience research and evaluation, marketing and PR, collections stewardship, and curatorial practice.
Harnessing a more inclusive and equitable workplace is critical to the sustainability and vibrancy of our field. Examine the forces shaping the world of work and explore how your museum can foster a healthier workplace culture. At #AAM2022, we’ll delve into practices around internal staffing and hiring, structuring for equity, empathetic culture, self-care and thriving at work, burnout prevention, effective leadership, decolonization, DEAI, and workforce trends.
No money, no mission. COVID-19 further eroded the financial precarity many museums were already experiencing even before the pandemic, leading some institutions into permanent closure. How do we rebuild and reconfigure our financial structures for a stronger, more confident future brimming with opportunities for employment and growth? We’ll explore revenue generation, new business models, development and fundraising, boards and governance, diversity and inclusion, and impact investing.
Every community owes its existence to generations from around the world who contributed their hopes, dreams, and energy to making the history that led to this moment. Some were brought here against their will, some were drawn to leave their distant homes in hopes of better lives, and some have lived on this land for more generations than can be counted. Truth and acknowledgment are critical to building mutual respect and connection across all barriers of heritage and difference. We begin this effort to acknowledge what has been buried by honoring the truth.
We acknowledge the ancestral lands of the Piscataway people, the lands on which the American Alliance of Museums office is located. Boston, the city we celebrate during this Annual Meeting, is the ancestral homeland of the Pawtucket, Massachusett, Nipmuc, and Wampanoag tribal nations. We encourage you to use this native lands map so you can learn what lands you occupy—visit: native-land.ca
Please take a moment to consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that bring us together here today. We welcome all of you in the work of continued uncovering of truths in the museum field and beyond.
About the American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo
The AAM Annual Meeting first started in 1906 in New York with under 200 museum professionals and has grown to over 5,000 attendees, becoming the largest museum conference in the United States.
The AAM Annual Meeting is the only event of its scope and scale. It brings together museums of all types and sizes—from art and history museums to zoos and botanic gardens—to share ideas and make connections that are transformational. It’s a place where all museum professionals learn from one another, create partnerships, and leave inspired to make an impact on their museums, communities, and the world.
Email: membership [at] aam-us.org