The Association of African American Museums is excited to announce plans for its 41st Annual Conference, August 7-10, 2019 in Jackson, Mississippi. The theme of the Conference, Roots of Revolution: Reaching Back | Pushing Forward, signifies a chance to usefully look to our shared past to inform and empower the crafting of our futures amid challenging times.
As a trusted convener of dynamic multi-racial, multi-generational, and multi-disciplinary professionals throughout the cultural sector, AAAM cherishes the opportunity to create space for you to connect with former colleagues and friends, while building new alliances and enriching relationships.
Get ready to be invigorated and re-energized as we bring together representatives from over 300 museums, libraries, historic sites and cultural centers in the United States and the Caribbean in the charming southern comfort of a city soaked in rich history and long-awaited change!
Roots of Revolution:
Reaching Back | Pushing Forward
The active nature of reaching and pushing is the work of revolution movements, both old and new. Museums, archives, libraries, galleries and historic sites have never been neutral. The movement to subvert systems of oppression by creating and sustaining spaces of liberation that foster positive black racial and social consciousness, is in itself a revolutionary act.
This conference will focus on the reach and the push requisite in leading people, developing systems, improving organizations, protecting collections, and impacting futures through the preservation of African American art, history and culture. We will explore how technologies can extend institutions’ capacities to make their collections and programs more accessible to users and the necessity and challenges of collaboration in a revolutionary digital age.