2023 Annual Meeting Session Proposals

Sessional Proposal Form

The North Carolina Museums Council is excited to announce our annual meeting and conference March 26-28, 2023 in Gastonia. This year is NCMC's 60 Anniversary. We are Celebrating 60 years of NCMC, Museums, visitors, staff, and you! We encourage sessions that focus on celebrating museum successes.

In the 60th anniversary of the North Carolina Museums Council we want to highlight all the fantastic work you have been producing and creating including; programs, exhibitions, partnerships, and beyond. Tell us what you have done that you are proud of that other museum staff should know. How can other museums learn from your successes? Tell us about a current project you are excited about and believe others could become inspired by. What wisdom can you impart to the NC museum community and allow us to learn and grow together. This Call for Proposals invites you to share your experiences and lessons learned in sessions focused on celebrations within your institution and the communities you serve. To submit your proposal click here to fill out the form. All submissions are due October 7, 2022.

NCMC Board Meeting, March 2022Several types of sessions proposals are sought and all will be concurrent:

  • Lecture or Presentation - up to 60 minute session; 1 or 2 presenters recommended and saving time for Q/A
  • Roundtable - 45 minutes; a group discussion focused on conversation, relevant topics and/or debated subjects
  • Panel Discussion- 60 minute session; up to 3 presenters with a moderator, presenters should be knowledgeable in their topic of discussion
  • Lightning Session- 15 minutes max; 1-2 presenters focused on research or case study. Questions will be saved for after the 15 minute presentation.
  • Poster Sessions - No time requirement; Have research you want to share? Tell us what you are interested in. Tell us what others in the Museum community need to know. This is a great format for students and emerging professionals.

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 lectures/presentations 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 you lead a roundtable discussion that promotes a discussion instead of lecture? Consider thinking beyond case studies and towards instruction or analysis of a problem you have faced in the field. Thinking about what other professionals can take back to their institutions.

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, October 7, 2022. Selected proposals for the final program will be confirmed and notified in November.

Thank you in advance for helping to make the 2023 conference an exchange of valuable information and ideas - as well as a time to celebrate how amazing YOU are!

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