Sustainability Now! AAMG Call for Proposals
In the fall of 2019, I was a few months into my first ever sabbatical. I didn’t know what to do with myself and decided to volunteer a little of my extra time to help fellow board members plan AAMG’s 2020 annual conference. I was welcomed aboard by an extraordinary team and just as my subcommittee finished organizing an exciting series of post-conference excursions for the Lawrence, Kansas region the pandemic began to hit the news. We met in February and quickly cancelled our University of Kansas event and pivoted to a fully virtual conference as the pandemic rapidly began to unfold in the Northwest and New York City. We learned a tremendous amount during the intervening months as our registrations skyrocketed for the June 2020 virtual conference. We subsequently recognized the need to implement equity-based registration tiers that better acknowledged the wide range of salary and employment status of academic museum and gallery professionals, many of whom could never afford to participate in the in-person conferences of the past.
Today, I’m so pleased to share the recently released Call for Proposals for AAMG’s first ever hybrid conference planned for June 14-17, 2022. Our committee began working during late summer of 2021 to reimagine what the annual conference could be and how diverse members of all economic brackets might be able to participate and contribute. The in-person conference will take place at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University in Logan, UT. Concurrently, virtual registrants will be able to participate in both live-streamed conference programs and fully virtual sessions, in addition to online affinity activities. In-person attendees will be able to attend an in-person session, grab a cup of coffee with a colleague, and then tune-in for a virtual session that is relevant to their professional track or interests. Our equity-based registration tiers have also been extended across both in-person and online options to encourage the widest range of participation.
Equally notable – the conference theme is focused on sustainability! A team of readers welcomes proposals that grapple with a wide range of gallery and museum topics that address the urgent need to reach net zero emissions on our college and university campuses, throughout our communities, and in our own homes. Read the entire Call for Proposals and consider submitting your idea!