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Call for Proposals for 2019 Conference

Wednesday, May 16, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lucy Lydon
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NEW YORK, MAY 16, 2018 - AAMC & AAMC Foundation has opened submissions for session proposals for its 2019 Conference, to be held May 4 - 7 in New York City. The AAMC is seeking proposals focusing on internal and external engagement within art organizations. This is an internationally relevant topic shaping the future of our arts organizations and encompasses dialogues about access, inclusion and empathy. All proposals are due no later than 5 PM EST on Monday, July 16, 2018
AAMC requests proposals considering the full spectrum of engagement, not limited to visitor audience development only but also taking into consideration the curatorial voice in shaping the culture of organizations.  Panels should propose discussions acknowledging community, which involves our workplace colleagues and partners; supporters and sponsors; visitors; non-museum sectors of the arts; and more. We seek to present throughout the Conference conversations on the possibilities and responsibilities of the curatorial role within inclusive and accessible engagement practices.

Submission Guidelines

  • All proposals must be submitted through AAMC's online submission portal here.
  • Proposals should address topics pertinent to the range of fields, organizations, career stages, and overall breath of the curatorial profession and arts community.   
  • As with all AAMC & AAMC Foundation programming and overall efforts, proposals should strive to be representative of diversity across self-identifications (by nation, gender, creed, race), fields of expertise, types of institutional mission, and regional position, and of participants.  
  • Proposals should support a discussion model of presentation utilizing case studies and open dialogue rather than presenting formal papers.
  • All proposals are due no later than 5pm ET on Monday, July 16, 2018 - no exceptions will be granted.

Proposal Process

The Executive Director, Executive Committee, Conference Benefit Committee Co-Chairs, Inclusion and Access Task Force and Advocacy Task Force chairs review the proposals. The selection process will be guided by the strength of the proposals and the need to create a balance between topics relevant to curators from a wide range of institutions and specializations. Conference proposals are subject to modification by AAMC (staff, leadership, etc) as part of the process of shaping the overall Conference program. 

About the AAMC Conference 

The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) hosts an Annual Conference & Meeting, attracting over 400 curators and guests from around the world. It is the only conference of its kind where curators from every discipline and field meet to discuss important issues facing the profession. The multi-day event includes mentorship opportunities, networking, professional development workshops, panel discussions, receptions, award announcements, receptions at host city cultural institutions, and a full membership meeting.The Annual Conference & Meeting, open to all members, fosters the profession's cohesiveness by addressing issues of national relevance, by assisting in professional development, and by promoting dialogue and exchange among curators.If you would like information on attending or supporting the Annual Conference & Meeting, please contact us at


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