2019 Association of African American Museums in Jackson, Mississippi

Roots of Revolution: Reaching Back | Pushing Forward

8.07.2019 – 8.10.2019 | Jackson, Mississippi

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.

Museums, archives, libraries, galleries and historic sites have never been neutral, and African American cultural institutions have played central roles in revolutionary movements as we have reached back to the lessons of our past in order to push forward. We have created and sustained spaces of liberation that have fostered black racial and social consciousness and subverted systems of oppression.

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 of collaboration in a revolutionary digital age.

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 reenergized as we gather in the charming southern comfort of a city soaked in rich history and long-awaited change! This one-of-a-kind conference will bring together representatives from over 300 museums, libraries, historic sites and cultural centers in the United States and the Caribbean.

Conference Objectives:

  • Empower the work and/or research of museum practitioners
  • Enhance the institutional stability of conference attendees
  • Engage multiple generations in topics that are relevant to their work and/or research

All conference sessions will be held at the WESTIN HOTEL (407 S. Congress Street | Jackson, MS 39201), unless otherwise noted. The conference schedule is current as of June 25, 2019 and subject to change.