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  • 10 Nov 2023
  • 12:00 AM (PST)
  • 18 Mar 2024
  • 11:59 PM (PDT)
  • Baltimore, MD


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Call for Proposals: 46th Annual AAAM Conference - Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

Conference Theme: Acknowledging Legacy, Fostering Progress:  Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

Conference Dates: August 13-16, 2024

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Hashtag:  #AAAM2024

The Association of African American Museums (AAAM) invites proposals for presentations, sessions, workshops, and discussions for our 46th Annual Conference, which will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, from August 13 to 16, 2024. The theme for this year's conference is "Acknowledging Legacy, Fostering Progress" as we commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

Theme Overview:

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a landmark piece of legislation that has had a profound impact on civil rights and social justice in the United States. Its passage marked a pivotal moment in the ongoing struggle for equality, justice, and equity. This conference seeks to acknowledge the contributions African and African American-focused museums and cultural institutions have made throughout the diaspora in preserving, interpreting, and advancing the legacy of the Civil Rights Act.

We Welcome Proposals That Explore:

1. Interpretation and Education: How are Black museums and cultural institutions using interpretation and education strategies to convey the significance of the civil rights and the Civil Rights Act and its impact on civil rights history and contemporary social justice movements?

2. Historic Preservation:  What role do museums play in preserving physical spaces, artifacts, and sites associated with the Civil Rights Act and the broader civil rights movement?

3. Programming:  Share innovative programming ideas that engage audiences in meaningful conversations about the Civil Rights Act, its historical context, and its relevance today.

4. Collections:  Discuss the importance of collections management and acquisitions related to civil rights history and the Civil Rights Act.

5. Funding:  Explore funding strategies and opportunities for museums and cultural institutions dedicated to civil rights history and education.

6. Sustainability:  Share best practices for ensuring the long-term sustainability and growth of African and African American-focused museums and cultural institutions.

7. Board Training:  Discuss effective methods for board development and training to ensure diverse, knowledgeable, and engaged leadership.

8. Staff Retention: Examine strategies for recruiting and retaining a diverse and skilled workforce in museums and cultural institutions.

Proposal Guidelines:

- Proposals should be submitted online through the AAAM membership portal.

- Please provide a clear and concise proposal (maximum 500 words) outlining your session or presentation.

- Include a list for all for all presenters. **Please make certain your panelists are tentatively available to present during the dates of August 13-16. When proposals are accepted all Panel Chairs will have two weeks to respond to AAAM to confirm their intent to participate in #AAAM2024.

- Indicate the intended format (e.g., panel discussion, workshop, individual presentation, roundtable discussion, etc.).

- Proposals should align with the conference theme and address one or more of the topics listed above.

Important Dates:

- Proposal Submission Deadline: March 1, 2024

- Notification of Acceptance: May 2024

- Conference Dates: August 13-16, 2024

About AAAM:

The Association of African American Museums (AAAM) is a leading organization dedicated to supporting African and African American-focused museums and cultural institutions nationally and internationally. Our annual conference is a platform for knowledge-sharing, networking, and collaboration among professionals in the field.

As we commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, we invite you to contribute to this important conversation and help us acknowledge the legacy while fostering progress in our communities and institutions. We look forward to your innovative and engaging proposals.  In considering proposals, please feel free to discuss the legacy of the Civil Rights Act in all facets as it pertains to African American history and culture (e.g. Black history in the arts, indigenous communities, descendant communities, Queer history, etc.)

For inquiries and additional information, please contact



  • Proposals specific to the following will also be considered:
  • Funding
  • Sustainability
  • Board Training
  • Staff Retention

AAAM 2024 conference is a unique opportunity for our community to come together face to face after a long absence. In this hybrid dialogue, our hope is that we can explore the ways in which our members have evolved and adjusted to this globally historic pandemic as well as once again connect and fellowship as a community. 

By submitting your proposal, you agree to AAAM's Code of Conduct.  If AAAM needs to switch to a virtual environment, you are willing to present, and agree to have your session recorded and used by AAAM at a later date.

Session Topics should address best practices in one of the following areas:

Track 1: Audience Diversity (Relevance, Outreach and Responsiveness)

Track 2: Collections Information Management and/or Digitization (Archiving & Conserving)

Track 3: Financial Stewardship (Resource Management and Institutional Advancement)

Track 4: Leadership Development (Strategic Forecasting and Succession Planning)

Track 5: Organizational Development (Mission, Governance and Operations Planning)

Track 6: Visitor Experience (Education, Curation, Interpretation, Public Programs, and Exhibits)

Track 7: Advocacy (Creating Buy-In, Alliance Building among Funders and Policy Makers)

Track 8: Marketing (Social Media, and Audience Engagement)

Within these tracks, we encourage proposals for interactive trainings that engage the nuts and bolts of all aspects of your work from conception to implementation.

 Tips for Online Proposal Submissions:

Proposals must be submitted online via the AAAM online submission portal. 

Proposals must be submitted by a Current AAAM Member.

Session Organizers must input a User ID (email) and self-selected Password for use when submitting proposals on the AAAM website.

Both the user ID and Password should be retained in a safe place for future reference.

All required fields must be filled in order for the online application to be submitted.

Click the Register button to begin your session proposal online application.

Deadline for Session Proposals: March 1, 2024 (11:59 pm PST)



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