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:
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:
Sample ideas of topics include:
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 first Call for Proposals closed on Sept 30, 2022. Decisions will be announced for this round by Oct 21, 2022.
The second Call for Proposals is open only to Caribbean Residents. Please submit proposals by Nov. 30, 2022. Decisions will be announced on a rolling basis and no later than Dec. 15, 2022.
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.
W Bay St, Nassau, Bahamas
Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required. Additionally, we will follow all masking and social-distancing requirements of The Bahamas’s national and local government as well as of any venue where conference activities will be conducted.
Bahamas Ministry of Health https://www.bahamas.gov.bs/health
Bahamas Travel Updates https://www.bahamas.com/travelupdates