2021 Annual Meeting Session Proposals

The North Carolina Museums Council is currently planning its annual conference, which will be held virtually March 28-29, 2021. This year, the NCMC conference will offer sessions that address the theme: “Shifting Roles: Finding a New Path”.

2020 was an unprecedented year. COVID-19 plagued our world and in many ways, a second pandemic in the form of systemic racism continues to plague our country. Lives across our country were deeply impacted, and museums were left grappling with very new realities. What were the impacts? How has your institution responded? How will you engage with visitors in our new world? This Call for Proposals invites you to share your experiences and lessons learned in sessions focused on how your museum is making an impact in your community.

Several types of sessions proposals are sought:

  • Presentation - 45 minute session, 2 presenters recommended
  • Facilitated Discussion - 60 minute session, 3 presenters or less recommended
  • Workshop - 75 minute, 3 presenters or less recommended
  • Other - Thinking of a different format? Please include description in the Notes to Committee section

Things to Think About When Developing a Proposal

Inspiration for a session can come from a variety of places: your own experiences, questions you have faced, or sessions you have heard about elsewhere.

NCMC welcomes diverse insights from the variety of institutions and professionals that work in our state, including those who do not work in the museum field. NCMC highly encourages involving multiple presenters in a session. Hearing from professionals who are entry level, mid-career, or senior level is a great way for conference attendees to hear from multiple perspectives.

Though presentations and facilitated discussions are our most used format, that does not mean they are always the most effective depending on your content. Time for discussion and questions is important to consider. Feel free to be creative when thinking about the structure within your session. Panels are valuable, but is there a way to put a spin on your presentation? Could there be an opportunity to facilitate a debate or town meeting? What would work best in our new virtual format? Consider thinking beyond case studies and towards instruction or analysis of a problem you have faced in the field.

Speaker Policy

Speakers do not receive a fee, free registration, or travel considerations for their participation in the NCMC annual meeting. Presenters who plan to attend only their own session and engage in no other conference activities do not have to register. If presenters are only attending their session, they are required to notify the Professional Development Chair via email at profdevelopment@ncmuseums.org.


The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 20th, 2020. Selected proposals for the final program will be confirmed and notified in mid December.

Session Proposal Form

Thank you in advance for helping to make the 2021 conference an exchange of valuable information and ideas - as well as a rejuvenating and FUN experience for us all!

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