SMA 2020 Call for Proposals
Small Museum Association Conference: Sunday, February 16 - Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Conference Theme: Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage: Museums as Catalysts of Social Change
Deadline for Proposals: Friday, September 20, 2019
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About SMA 2020
The Small Museum Association is planning its 36th annual conference, which will be held in College Park, Maryland in February 2020. As the only conference in the country dedicated specifically to small museums, this gathering draws museum professionals, board members, and volunteers from across the country. This year, the SMA conference will offer sessions that address the theme "Catalysts of Social Change: Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage."

Several different types of session proposals are sought:
60-minute session — individual speaker, panel presentation, or round-table discussion
60 & 90-minute workshops — in-depth, experiential, hands-on learning

Presentations should address issues of social activism in small museums and explore a wide range of social concerns (socioeconomic issues, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ageism, ableism, etc.) in honor of the work behind the women's suffrage movement. Sessions should help attendees learn from your institutions’ successes and failures, how your institution handles] difficult topics, the ways your organization is working to become more equitable and provide ideas and actions for making an impact. The SMA Conference Committee is requesting that panels reflect the diverse communities that museums serve. SMA Conference Attendees tend to like practical sessions with roadmaps for implementation at their own sites.

Submit your proposal using the form below no later than Friday, September 20, 2019.

The Small Museum Association is an all-volunteer organization serving small museums in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. SMA's mission is to develop and maintain a peer network among people who work for small museums, giving them opportunities to learn, share knowledge and support one another, so that they, in turn, can better serve their institutions, communities, and profession.

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