The Power of Museums: Relevancy, Advocacy, Transformation

Conference Call for Proposals

During the Covid-19 pandemic, museum and cultural heritage sites faced numerous challenges in relation to how to sustain themselves and how to support their local communities. We recognized once more the power we hold to bring people together, promote healing, and advocate for change in difficult times. As we approach a post-pandemic era, the time seems ripe to assess how museums and their roles have evolved alongside the surrounding world. For the 2023 conference, we ask museum and other cultural heritage workers to look at the past, their present or the future and consider:

  • How have museums used or can they use their power for good?
  • How can they remain relevant and at the forefront of discussions around identity, culture, sustainability, and more as the field evolves?
  • How have or can museums advocate for change through projects and programs, with their directors, governments, funders, and communities?
  • What roles have museums and cultural heritage sites played in transforming how individuals think, learn, and act in an ever-evolving world?

MAC invites the submission of proposals exploring these questions and the larger theme of The Power of Museums: Relevancy, Advocacy, Transformation. We encourage the submission of proposals in a variety of different formats. Please either share with us:

  • Individual projects and programs around these areas
  • Interdepartmental collectives working to address how your museum can stay relevant, advocate, or transform
  • A facilitated conversation with your own colleagues or representatives from other institutions
  • Your work and ideas as demonstrated through a hands-on workshop
  • Any other ideas you have–we would like to provide you the opportunity to experiment with how you present, share, and learn, so we invite you to be creative with your proposals.

Sample ideas of topics include:

  • Engaging with Communities in Advocating for Cultural Sustainability
  • Role of Museums in Addressing Environmental Sustainability Challenges
  • Economic Suffering and Financial Recovery of Cultural Industries in a Post-Covid Era
  • Advocating for Your Museum and Gaining Governmental Support
  • Importance of Mental Health Resources within Museums and for Museum Professionals

We recognize that while we speak of museums as sites of relevancy, advocacy, and transformation, there are other institutions that also should be included in this discussion: cultural heritage sites, libraries, archives, historical societies, universities, and more. We invite and encourage submissions from all types of institutions in the Caribbean cultural heritage field. Each of these different institutions will bring unique perspectives and it is important for us all to learn about how these themes impact different subfields of the museum world. We look forward to seeing a range of proposal topics, formats, institutions, and individuals, reflecting the diversity and richness of the Caribbean and its diaspora.

The deadline has now passed for proposal submissions and decisions have been announced to applicants. Please refer to the schedule page to see more information on the chosen presentation topics.

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University of The Bahamas

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Conference Contact info

Email: secretariat@caribbeanmuseums.com

MAC 2023 Conference attendees will have the opportunity to stay in the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in the Downtown/Junkanoo Beach area for a discounted conference rate.

Courtyard by Marriott Nassau Downtown/Junkanoo Beach

W Bay St, Nassau, Bahamas

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COVID-19 Safety Info

There are currently no requirements to show proof of vaccination to attend the MAC conference. While it will not be required, all attendees who feel more comfortable wearing a face mask and/or maintaining a safe social distance are encouraged to do so. Our current requirements are based on the standards set by the Bahamian government and therefore are subject to change. Please also be aware of masking or vaccination requirements by any airlines, hotels, or other private establishments you will be occupying during your stay.

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Bahamas Ministry of Health https://www.bahamas.gov.bs/health

Bahamas Travel Updates https://www.bahamas.com/travelupdates

Getting to and from the Airport in Nassau

MAC has negotiated a standard rate of $45 USD per ride, plus $2 USD per piece of luggage (standard practice) to and from Lynden Pindling International Airport for all conference attendees. Reserve this rate ASAP by texting the dispatcher below via WhatsApp only.

Taxi Dispatcher

Simone Walker: +1 (242) 813-4933

Note that there is no Uber or Lyft service in Nassau. Taxi rates for the 30–40-minute ride from the airport to the conference hotel are variable and can be expected to cost upwards of $50 USD plus luggage fees. Book the guaranteed rate to avoid any upcharges.