Minnesota Association of Museums 2019 Annual Conference                                                

Oct. 7th and 8th/ Moorhead MN  & Fargo ND                                                                            

Pre-conference Reception Oct. 6th

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.

The deadline for submission is Friday, May 31, 2019 (5pm CST)

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 allow many voices to discuss a multitude of topics in a short amount of time. Each speaker has only ten minutes to present on a topic (think: best practices, a lesson learned, an innovative process, or a surprising outcome). You will share your knowledge in a lively, thoughtful, and interactive way.

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. Roundtable presenters should bring targeted questions to pose to others at the table in order to learn from and with those attending. Discussion topic leaders are expected to have experience and a strong interest in the topic they lead.


Please complete the form via the link in order to submit your Flash Talk or Round Table Discussion Proposal. You will be required to submit the following information.

  • The title of your presentation (max. 60 characters)  We encourage you to develop a title that is not only catchy, but also accurate to the session content.
  • Short Session Description (max. 750 characters)  will be displayed on the MAM website, mobile app and any other published meeting materials.  Descriptions should be compelling, concise, and must clearly articulate the learning outcomes
  • Summary of your presentation (no more than 500 words)  additional information for proposal reviewers, only. This information will not be published. Please include your experience with proposed topic and learning outcomes, up to three key takeaways from your session. (You may share other information that the reviewers may find interesting (e.g. Has this content been presented elsewhere? Did this program win an award?)
  • The area of Museum Practice (select one) that best represents your proposal: 1) Exhibits, 2) Management and Leadership, 3) Development and Membership, 4) Marketing and Social Media, 5) Education and Audience Engagement, 6) Collections and Conservation, 7) Other
  • Name (or names), positions or titles, and contact details of those presenting
  • Organization(s) you are affiliated with



The deadline for submission is Friday, May 31, 2019 (5pm CST)

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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