MAC 2020 Annual General
Meeting Updates

MAC’s Annual General Meeting will take place 19 November 2020 from 10:00AM – 12:00PM EST on Zoom. 
The AGM will feature a keynote presentation followed by the general AGM business including: the review of the 2019 AGM minutes, the presentation of the President’s Annual Report and the Financial Report 2020, the announcement of the outgoing and incoming Board Members, and updates for 2021. 
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MAC is delighted to announce Dr. Shani Roper as the opening keynote speaker for our forthcoming virtual AGM on 19 November 2020. This presentation will begin at 10:00 am after the general welcome and introductions.

Dr. Roper will speak on the theme of ‘Contemporary Collecting in Caribbean Museums: New Trends and Ethical Concerns’. Contemporary collecting is defined as a collections approach that allows museums and similar institutions to acquire objects, audio and/or audio visual material to document an event, cultural practice and/or tradition that either shapes or has had a significant impact on their stakeholders. This presentation explores what it means to engage in contemporary collecting as a collections policy approach in the Caribbean and its implications during a pandemic, as well as asks the question: What are the ethical concerns for museums in the region engaging in this practice?

Dr. Shani Roper is Curator of the University of the West Indies Museum and former Research Officer and Acting Director of Liberty Hall: the Legacy of Marcus Garvey. Her research interests explore histories of Caribbean childhood, museum's education, sustainable heritage development and pedagogical approaches to the study of history. She has published articles on Afro-Jamaican childhood and social policy in Jamaica in the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Journal of Caribbean History and Caribbean Studies.


We are pleased to announce that four MAC Board nominations were received by the 15 October 2020 deadline, for the three available (two institutional and one individual) positions:

Institutional position (two seats available)
  • University of the West Indies Museum represented by Dr. Shani Roper (Jamaica)
  • National Museum Bermuda represented by Elena Strong (Bermuda)

Individual position (one seat available)
  • Alex Martinez Suarez (Dominican Republic)
  • Lisa Howie (Bermuda)
Additional proposals of names for election may be made in writing signed by the proposer and a seconder (each being a member in good standing of the Association) and by the person so proposed for election, to de delivered to the office of the secretary no later than the close of the business two weeks before the date of the Annual General Meeting. Additional nominations for election to the Board may be proposed and seconded on the day of the Annual General Meeting (by members in good standing) provided that such nominee or nominees be present and accept the nomination. The MAC Nominating Committee shall have the discretion and right to limit such additional nominations to two (2) for Institutional Members and one (1) for Individual Members.

To accommodate additional nominations proposed at the AGM, voting will occur after the AGM via a confidential voting platform developed and managed by the MAC Nomination Committee. The link to this platform will be shared with all current members on 20 November. Deadline for voting is 04 December 2020.

All current MAC members are entitled to vote for incoming Board Members. Membership of the Association is open to all Caribbean Museums and individuals who accept the obligations contained in the by-laws of the Museum Association of the Caribbean and who complete the Membership Application Form and pay the annual membership fee by 01 November, 2020. To renew your membership visit: . Please complete the full registration form and proceed to the payment page to complete the registration.
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