The Association of African American Museums: 39th Annual Conference

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The Association of African American Museums: 39th Annual Conference


Washington, DC July 31-August 4, 2017 http://www.blackmuseums.org/

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 theme of the conference is "Presence-Power-Persistence: Advancing the History and Possibility of Museum Activism".. 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.

The Association of African American Museums (AAAM) is a non-profit member organization established to support African and African American focus museums nationally and internationally, as well as the professionals who protect, preserve and interpret African and African American art, history and culture. AAAM was established as the single representative and principal voice of the African American museum movement, the Association seeks to strengthen and advocate for the interests of institutions and individuals committed to the preservation of African-derived cultures. The services provided by AAAM enhance the ability of those museums to serve the needs and interests of persons of African ancestry and those who wish to know more about the art, history and culture of African-derived cultures.

AAAM History

Established as the voice of the African American Museums Movement, the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to serving the interests and needs of Black museums and cultural institutions nationwide. Membership is comprised of museums, museum professionals, institutions, and individuals that share an interest in African American art, culture, and history. Through training opportunities and member services, AAAM supports the goals of African American museums and museum professionals. …

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