MAM 2019 Annual Conference Proposal Form
Minnesota Association of Museums 2019 Conference / Oct. 7th & 8th, 2019/ Moorhead MN & Fargo ND

DEADLINE - Friday July 12 (5pm CST)
The Minnesota Association of Museum (MAM) believes we all have something to say, we all have the potential to improve our practice together, and we all have the power to make a difference in the communities we exist.

Each year, the Minnesota Association of Museums brings the museum community together to discuss best practices, new strategies and emerging solutions that are transforming the museum experience across the state. MAM’s 2019 Annual Conference in Moorhead, MN, promises to be the leading museum networking event with a simple vision to share ideas and create stronger museum connections.

Over the course of two days, the MAM Conference will feature guest speakers, info sessions, active networking engagements, special interest meets, and more. Events will take place at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, MN and at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND.

Conference Goals: As a state organization, we are looking for the conference to explore practices, frameworks, innovative ideas and communication for museums large and small across the state.To accomplish this, we invite you to bring your opinions, expertise, case studies, experiences, and practical advice to each session.

2 Options for Participation:

Flashtalks invite you to share your knowledge of best practices or innovative approaches in a lively, thoughtful and interactive 10 minutes! and allow for many voices to discuss a multitude of topics.

Roundtable discussion
Roundtables are intended for informal discussions of pressing current topics important to museums and to provide a venue to both share and learn from colleagues. Individual roundtable presentations typically include a short presentation (5-10 minutes), followed by discussion and questions from table participants.

HAVE AN IDEA FOR A CREATIVE SESSION? Don't see the session format you're interested in? Send us your idea and we'll consider adding it to the conference session.

Please see MAM website,, for more additional proposal notes to consider.

Title of your presentation (max. 60 characters) *
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Preferred Format *
Short Session Description (max. 750 characters) will be printed in program *
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Area of Museum Practice (select one that best represents your proposal) *
Presenter 1: Name *
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Presenter 1: Organization *
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Presenter1: Title or position *
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Presenter 1: Contact info (email, phone, twitter handle) *
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Presenter 2: Name
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Presenter 2: Organization
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Presenter 2: Title
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Presenter 2: Contact info (email, phone, twitter handle)
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Summary of your presentation (500 word max.) Additional information for proposal reviewers, only. Include your experience with proposed topic and learning outcomes. *
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Additional Information
Questions should be sent to – All proposals will be reviewed by our peer panel and those registered as the main proposal contact will be informed of the decision by early June 2019.

Please note:

Speakers and workshop presenters are required to cover their own travel, accommodations and Conference registration fees - no speaker or presenter discounts apply.
MAM offers a limited number of Conference Scholarships. Please visit to learn more.
MAM reserves the right to pair Proposals together and/or alter the presentation timeframe. You will be contacted in advance if this applies to you and your team.
Each presenter is limited to submitting up to two proposals

Minnesota Association of Museums (MAM) Conference Committee
The MAM Conference Committee is responsible for the review and selection of program sessions and work to ensure that the program reflects a balance of institutions, topics and perspectives. The committee is comprised of museum professionals representing diverse professional expertise, regional affiliations and institutions.

Evaluation Criteria
The MAM Conference Committee uses the following criteria when reviewing session proposals:
The session ideas, purpose and learner outcomes are focused and well-articulated
The session proposal is organized and well-developed
The topic is important and relevant - this may include emerging trends, technology, global perspectives, or other content that is boundary pushing, thought-provoking and/or unique
The subject matter is appropriate to the format
The proposal content can be applied to a diverse range of disciplines, cultural perspectives, geographic locations and/or museum size

Proposals may NOT be accepted based on the following criteria:
Topic is too narrowly focused to have broad appeal
Topic does not offer any new insights or innovation in the area
Proposal has the appearance of being “too commercial” focused on specific products and services
Proposal is incomplete (e.g. Presenters are not listed)

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion
MAM respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. We believe that our strength lies in our diversity among the broad range of people and museums we represent. We consider diversity and inclusion a driver of institutional excellence and seek out diversity of participation, thought and action.

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