Annual Meeting and Conference

Maine Archives and Museums holds an annual conference each fall with professional development sessions, rousing plenary presentations, networking, and more. The annual meeting of MAM's membership also takes place at this time--this is your chance as a MAM member to vote on new officers or changes in policy, or to address issues that affect the organization and its membership.

The conference offers a mixture of sessions, workshops, networking opportunities, and a dynamic keynote address that will leave you feeling recharged, connected, and inspired with new ideas to assist you in the care and management of your collecting institution.

Also check out our other event offerings throughout the state throughout the year!

Or see the list of previous conferences to get an idea of where we've hosted them and who has presented what topics in the last few years.

How Did You DO That?

Seeking Mentors. Providing Mentorship.

2022 Maine Archives and Museums Annual Conference
Friday, October 7, 2022
IN-PERSON AND ONLINE: University of Southern Maine, Portland

Keynote address by Marcia Minter

Opening plenary address TBA

Closing plenary address TBA

Marcia Minter is the co-founder and Executive Director of Indigo Arts Alliance, a non-profit Black-led artist residency programHer curatorial work focuses on photography, symposiums on the intersection of art and social practice, exhibition planning and implementation. Currently she serves on the Maine Arts Commission, and is a Trustee of the Portland Museum of Art and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She has been engaged on projects for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, and the Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine. She is a founding member of The Creative Justice Initiative, Colby College’s Freedom & Captivity Advisory Board and the National Black Arts Coalition.

A seasoned creative professional, dedicated arts advocate, and community leader deeply committed to social and cultural activism, Marcia Minter’s work on numerous boards represents the interest of underrepresented voices, talents and citizen constituents. She is the principal of Marcia Minter Creative Services, a cultural consultancy that advises top companies, organizations, and institutions regarding African American art, arts advocacy, history, and culture.

Call for Session Proposals
Deadline: May 31, 2022

Thank goodness you’re here. Let me tell you about the day I had!

Mentors shape our lives – from opening doors to telling us which doors to avoid. We learn from their mistakes, make some of our own, and go on to teach others.

In 2022, MAM is taking it back to the basics. What are the day-to-day skills you’ve picked up over the years? We aren’t always working on the most glamorous or innovative projects; sometimes we just need help keeping the lights on and the visitors happy.

We need more mentors! Do you have skills to share? Please consider submitting a session proposal for this year’s conference no later than May 31, 2022 to share your ideas about helping our institutions function and prosper.

Whether you’re collecting, cataloging, conserving, fundraising, running programs, leading tours, volunteering your time, or running the whole shebang, we ALL have experiences to learn from.

We are eager to gather submissions from organizations/institutions of all sizes and capacities, geared toward any level, and invite both hands-on workshop submissions as well as the more standard presentation format. ALL sessions are limited to 60 minutes.

Here are some questions that might prompt creative sessions:

      • How do you care for your collections?
      • How have you raised funds to support your work?
      • What tricks and tips bring visitors into your doors, and keep them happy once they’re there?
      • How do you work with students and teachers?
      • Have you designed an exhibit with limited resources?
      • How do you keep your museum relevant to your community?

We plan to hold this year’s conference at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, in-person. Unless the pandemic is completely over by October, we will be requiring vaccination against COVID-19 by all speakers and attendees.

Public health is always a priority, so we do ask that presenters be available to make their presentation online via Zoom if the pandemic makes that necessary. We are also hoping to pilot this year’s conference in a hybrid model, so attendees will have the option to join virtually as well as physically.

As a presenter, you’ll only pay the low $40 student rate if you wish to attend the whole conference. You will not be charged if we move the event online.

Deadline for submitting proposals is May 31, 2022. MAM's Conference Committee will review submissions and notify applicants of the status of their proposal by mid-summer.

Questions? Need to submit via mail? Contact us at or 207.400.6965.

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