2021 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo Open Call for Proposals

2021 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo Open Call for Proposals

Interested in submitting a session proposal for the 2021 call for proposals? Please read the instructions below and then access the submission portal by clicking “Submit Now”.

The 2021 National Program Committee reviewers are primarily looking for content that speaks to the future of the museum field, social justice and impact, recovery during- and post-pandemic, and reimagined processes and programs. For additional inspiration, review the #AAM2021 theme and session tracks.

Click on the arrow to the left for a list of topics the National Program Committee is prioritizing as part of the 2021 call for proposals.

Accessibility practices
Activism and social justice
Addressing the needs of a post-pandemic audience
Career management/planning
Creative aging
Crisis communications and public communications in a post-pandemic environment
Curation and collections management
Digital infrastructures
Disaster recovery and preparedness
Engaging communities virtually
Environmental sustainability
Exhibition in response to current events, climate change, politics, or controversial topics
Financial sustainability
Fundraising and revenue
Health and safety post-pandemic
Inclusion and equity in all areas (audience, community, education, leadership, staffing, etc.)
Immersive experiences
Leadership, CEOs, Trustees, and Boards
Staff management, support, and recovery
Training (staff, volunteers)
Traveling exhibitions post-pandemic recovery
Volunteer management, support, and recovery

Before you submit your session proposal:

Reach out to colleagues to include in your session. AAM is committed to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion as it is vital to the future viability, relevance, and sustainability of museums. Ensure that your session panel is diverse in presenters and institutions/organizations represented.

  • There is a blind review of session proposals by the NPC, however, you will be able to include position levels, institution type, and describe the diversity of your panel on the submission form.

Give your session proposal a title. Consider a title that tells your audience exactly what you will cover without being overly wordy. Consider catchy titles that will draw attendees to read more in your session description.

Select your proposal type:

  • Session proposal (1-hour concurrent session with chat)
  • Poster proposal (digital poster upload with short prerecorded audio)

Select your sessions track. What track does your session proposal belong to? Does it focus on a particular topic area within that track? View the #AAM2021 session tracks for guidance.

Write your proposal description. When meeting with your other panelists, prepare to write a description no longer than 1500 characters. This should be a summary of the topics you plan to cover and the benefits attendees will gain. If your content is focused on a particular situation or experience, but applies more broadly, make this clear in your proposal. Think about ways to incorporate our current climate or topics listed in the #AAM2021 session tracks.

Determine your learning objectives. Provide the three (3) one-sentence learning objectives that are clear, measurable, and achievable that you want attendees to recall after leaving your presentation.

Consider your target audience. Who would benefit most by attending your session? Select up to 3 of the Professional Networks listed on the submission form. Creating this content filter will help attendees discover your presentation by providing additional information on the audience your session is best suited for.

The deadline to submit your proposal is November 30, 11:59 PM ET.