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Conference Keynote and Sites Annnounced

Monday, December 08, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Judith Pineiro
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For Immediate Release



New York, NY, December 8, 2014– The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) is pleased to announce the keynote speaker and hosts for its 14th Annual Conference & Meeting, May 9-12, 2015.

The Keynote Speaker for AAMC’s Conference is Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.  His experience and perspective on the powerful and mutually rewarding relationship that can exist between a museum and its immediate community and the ways in which to engage a culturally diverse region will resonate with and inspire the Conference attendees.

“Museums are rightly known as places for aesthetic contemplation. They also have the potential to be powerful centers for cultural engagement within our communities, markers of local identity and generators of vibrancy and a range of social benefits,” said Commissioner Finkelpearl. “I look forward to participating in this discussion of how we can find new ways to promote the role of our institutions in neighborhoods while engaging the imagination of new audiences.”

The Conference sessions and events will be held at several New York area cultural institutions, including the Newark Museum, the Brooklyn Museum and The Bronx Museum of the Arts.  "The historically adventurous characteristics of these institutions and the ways in which they have met the challenges of the 21st-century art museum will make for thought-provoking and insightful case studies for our AAMC members,” said AAMC President, Emily Ballew Neff, “The AAMC looks forward to learning more about the challenge and success of each museum in connecting effectively with its communities and we are honored to be so warmly welcomed by each venue for the conference."

“We are very pleased to host the Association of Art Museum Curators at The Bronx Museum of the Arts for their annual conference.  We look forward to welcoming museum professionals to our borough, and to sharing experiences and best practices with colleagues from all over the country,” noted Holly Block, Executive Director, The Bronx Museum of the Arts.

The Conference panels will focus on issues related to audience engagement, collection development, and extramural programming.  All of which, are topics challenging art museums to demonstrate their relevance in contemporary life and to redefine their relationship to their publics.  The full Conference itinerary, including sessions and panelists, will be announced in early 2015.

About the Conference
The 2015 Annual Conference & Meeting will be the 14th in the organization’s history. The Conference attracts over 350 curators from across the U.S. and Canada. It is the only conference where art curators from every discipline and type of institution meet to discuss issues facing the profession.  The multi-day conference includes a keynote address, President’s welcome, mentorship activities, networking opportunities, professional development workshops, panel discussions, receptions, award announcements, tours of host city cultural institutions, and a full membership meeting. For more information about the event and sponsorship of it, please contact AAMC at


About the AAMC
Founded in 2001, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) has members from over 400 institutions, including representation from all 50 states and 5 provinces. The mission of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) is to support and promote the work of museum curators by creating opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and advancement. In support of these aims, the AAMC Foundation seeks to heighten public understanding of the curator's role in art museums through professional development programs, awards, and grants.  For more information, please visit




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