2022 Annual Conference

The 2022 Annual Conference will take place at the

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University, June 14-17, 2022

Details on the call for proposals will be released Fall 2021.

#AAMG2022: Sustainability Now!

Empowering Community Adaptation and Transformation

AAMG’s 2022 annual conference will focus on how academic museums and galleries embrace resilience and an array of emergent forms of sustainability. Marking a return to gathering in person, AAMG will convene a first-ever hybrid conference that aims to continually expand equitable opportunities for participation parallel to a renewal of in-person collegiality. This year’s conference seeks diverse perspectives, ranging from nuanced philosophical ideas, and creative pragmatic solutions to thoughtful debates about leadership and our field, including:

How are we transforming our missions and lived values to contribute to community wellbeing? How do climate change, power-imbalances, and social injustice force a reinterpretation of the meaning and care of collections, archives, and the communities we serve? How are museums and galleries promoting active and impactful citizenship and driving change for social, environmental, and economic action; what should we do, and do better, to lead in an evolving world? 

Possible proposal topics: 

  • Embedding sustainability across institutional strategy and leadership
  • How to reconcile expanding our organizations with current climate/social/ethical forces  
  • How sustainability and resilience are woven into your institution’s diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and practices
  • Changes made to prioritize sustainable practices
  • How sustainability and resilience are used as interdisciplinary opportunities for campus and public programming
  • Fundraising, membership and volunteer models for promoting sustainable and equitable practice
  • Advocating for greater sustainability at the national and international levels
  • Reclaiming civic leadership and advancing democratic ideals
  • Student research and internship projects featuring conference themes and values

We of course always welcome proposals having to do with general academic museum issues and practices, such as governance structures, membership strategies, collections management, and outreach/programming. 


Just what is a hybrid conference?

Conference Update 11/30/2021

The Conference Committee is pleased to report the logistical and budgetary plans for the first-ever hybrid conference scheduled for June 14-17, 2022. We have weighed many factors and reviewed your feedback, built comparative budgets and pricing models traversing the past seven years to inform decisions for 2022, and debated how to achieve an equitable format that we hope will increase inclusiveness and decrease barriers to participation.

We have learned much from the past two years of virtual conferencing; total participation soared and many appreciated the lower cost, reduced hassle, and lower carbon impact of meeting and presenting online. Many of our members crave the social and networking opportunities inherent to traditional in-person conference models. 

In response, we have organized a three-day schedule of simultaneous in-person, streaming, and fully virtual sessions, workshops, keynote presentations, and social opportunities while addressing rising conference costs amid current nationwide inflation. For example, those who opt to register for the fully virtual option may view live-streaming sessions from Utah State University in addition to fully virtual sessions taking place on each day of the conference. In-person registrants may sit in a session in Utah, have a cup of coffee with colleagues during the break, then tune in for a fully virtual session online. Keynotes will be live-streamed for all registrants and all recorded content will be available for no additional cost following the close of the conference.

Stay tuned as over the next several weeks when will be releasing the call for proposals and registration rates for #AAMG2022-we can’t wait to see YOU in Utah, whether in person or virtually!

Thank you,

AAMG Conference Co-Directors & Committee

Katie Lee-Koven, Conference Co-Director, VP of Regions and States, Dr. Natalie Marsh, Conference Co-Director, Secretary and Midwest Regional Representative, Kristina Durocher, President, Judy Kirk, VP Development, Juliette Bianco, At-Large, Professional Development, Sandra Firmin, Mountain-Plains Regional Co-Representative