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.
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. Discount code to follow.
W Bay St, Nassau, Bahamas
Just a 9 minute walk to the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas & a 13 minute walk to the Central Bank of the Bahamas, two of our host institutions!
Located in the heart of Downtown Nassau, within walking distance of restaurants, cultural sites and entertainment, our conference hotel (insert name) is only steps away from our host venues, making it easy for attendees to have an enjoyable conference experience. While it is also possible for attendees to find their own accommodations, we recommend using (insert hotel name), which, in addition to having a special discounted hotel rate, will also be more convenient than most AirBnB or VRBO that require renting a car or relying on Nassau’s public transit system.
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