Are museums important?
For museum professionals, that question has an obvious answer. We are the stewards of the stories of our communities. From the objects we collect and preserve to our exhibits and programs; from the sense of place we provide and the tourism we drive— of course that is important. Of course museums are important.
But that value is not always as obvious to those outside the field on whom we rely for support: our governments, our funders, and even to our visitors and communities. We need to tell our own story as well. We need to talk about how we are serving and who we are serving.
In an ever-changing and unpredictable world, now is the time to emphasize our role. By preserving and sharing stories, museums advocate for the communities we represent. By sharing the stories of museums, we demonstrate our value to those we serve.
Stories spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and build bridges. What are the stories of your museum? What are the stories of the Michigan museum community? The Michigan Museums Association (MMA) is now accepting session proposals for the 2017 conference. Together, let’s galvanize the role of Michigan’s museums.
The Michigan Museums Association seeks proposals for sixteen concurrent sessions to take place during our annual conference. The conference will be held October 17-19, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol. Concurrent sessions will be held on Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19 between 9 am and 5 pm.
For each session, a projector and screen will be provided. The average concurrent session has about 20-30 attendees who come from all sizes and types of museums from throughout Michigan. Presenters are encouraged to provide handouts and share slides. Session presenters are expected to register for at least one day of the conference.
Session proposals may be submitted online or via hard copy. Proposals are due February 20, 2017.
For more information about the conference, contact the MMA office at 313-334-7342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Proposals Information and Form