Maine Archives & Museums 2013 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
RECHARGE YOUR MISSION: IDEAS TO IGNITE & INSPIRE
Call for Proposals
Deadline Extended: June 7, 2013
Collecting organizations in Maine are aware of the important roles museums, archives, and historical societies play in shaping the identity and collective history of our communities. We all know the challenges of caring for collections, keeping the doors open, attracting visitors, and seeking funding, but how do we rise above the day-to-day challenges to generate new ideas, inspire stakeholders, and secure new sources of revenue?
Tourism, advocacy efforts, collaboration, social networking, and crowdsourcing are making waves in the world of museums and archives. What broad trends and ideas from the field are applicable to our own work in local collecting organizations? The MAM conference is one way to share your experiences and discuss challenges and solutions with others from around the state and beyond.
The 2013 MAM conference will offer a mixture of sessions, workshops, networking opportunities, and a dynamic keynote address that will leave you feeling recharged, connected, and inspired with new ideas to assist you in the care and management of your collecting institution.
MAM is seeking qualified presenters to submit session proposals that fit this theme and advance MAM’s mission to support and promote Maine’s collecting institutions. Session proposals will be considered in the following formats:
- Panel Sessions: One hour and fifteen minute session block with two or more presenters discussing a topic that can inform or inspire participants in their work.
- Workshops: One hour and fifteen minute block with one or more presenters offering hands-on opportunities for skill building.
- Poster Exhibits: Display material presenting a project or exhibit that your institution would like to share with a larger audience that has relevance to the field at large.
The Program Committee seeks proposals that will inspire organizations of various sizes and disciplines and are especially visionary. Case studies will be considered, but proposals that are clearly more applicable to the field at large will have priority. Topics may include but are not limited to:
- Attracting new volunteers and members
- Oral history and storytelling
- Crisis management and disaster preparedness
- Collections policies, management, and housekeeping
- Board development and strategic planning
- Collaboration with businesses, colleges, government agencies, and other non-profits
- Youth initiatives
- Fundraising, grant writing, and marketing
- Innovative educational or interpretive programming
For more information or to submit a session proposal, please complete the online submission form and e-mail resumes for all speakers to firstname.lastname@example.org or send it to PO Box 46, Cumberland Center, ME 04021. Proposals will be reviewed in early June and applicants will be notified by June 21, 2013 about whether their proposal was accepted.
Please note: MAM is unable to offer stipends, honorarium or travel reimbursement to presenters. Presenters who plan to attend other sessions during the conference must register and will receive the discounted Early Bird MAM member rate.