The theme for the 2017 AAAM Annual Conference is 

Presence-Power-Persistence: Advancing the History and Possibility of Museum Activism

The 39th Annual Conference of the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) will be held in Washington, DC July 31 – August 4, 2017 and hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC). The conference will promote an understanding of social movements – Civil Rights, Black Power and Black Studies – that fostered racial consciousness in the 1960s and cultivated the creation of Black Museums over the past 50 years. This one-of-a-kind conference will bring together representatives from over 200 museums, libraries, HBCU’s, historic sites and cultural centers in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. The Association played a pivotal role in museum activism since the movement to establish African-American places of memory as museums, archives, and libraries began. Presenters are invited to submit proposals that emphasize best practices and sustainable models for advancing the possibilities of these spaces through partnerships, collaborations, and socially responsive initiatives. 

“A call to action to utilize the power and possibilities of memory, history, and museums to change people and communities.”

– Juanita Moore, Executive Director, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History


2017 AAAM Conference-At-A-Glance

MONDAY, JULY 31 (PRE-CONFERENCE)

National Trust for Historic Preservation PLT Intensive 

Offsite Insights 

Special Curators Tour of NMAAHC

Vendor/Exhibitor Set-Up @ Capital Hilton Hotel

Welcome Reception 


TUESDAY, AUGUST 1 (FULL CONFERENCE DAY 1: PRESENCE)

Concurrent Sessions

Presence Luncheon: Leadership Legacy Opening Plenary

Concurrent Sessions

Evening Reception @ National Portrait Gallery

After-Party


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2 (FULL CONFERENCE DAY 2: POWER)

Concurrent Sessions

Power Luncheon: AAAM Awards Ceremony

Concurrent Sessions

Authors Plenary and Panel Discussion

Authors Book Signing  

Speed Networking Session

Evening Reception @ African Art Museum

After-Party


THURSDAY, AUGUST 3 (FULL CONFERENCE DAY 3: PERSISTENCE)

Networking Breakfast and AAAM Business Meeting 

Contemporary Issues Forum 

Persistence Luncheon: 2018 Conference Preview

Concurrent Sessions 

Closing Plenary Session: Museum Activism Fishbowl 

Evening Reception @ NMAAHC

After-Party


FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 (POST-CONFERENCE HERITAGE TOURS)

Architectural Tour of NMAAHC 

HALF-DAY: African-American Military Tour

FULL-DAY: DC’s African American Heritage Trail Tour



For more information or questions about the 2017 Conference Program email: aaamconference@gmail.com

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