Call For Conference Session Proposals

PA Museums’ 2017 Annual Statewide Conference, Challenges and Change, will be held March 26-28, 2017 in Erie, Pennsylvania.  We are seeking proposals echoing our theme for presentations at the conference. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2016.

Pennsylvania’s museums, historical societies, zoos, science centers, and historic sites step up to challenges amidst continuous change happening inside and outside of our organizations.  PA Museums invites you to the city of Erie for our 2017 annual conference to explore our past, present, and future challenges. Throughout our conference, we will focus on changes in our field and in our communities.

It was not that very long ago that many of us applied for grants sitting in front of an IBM Selectric if our organization was fortunate enough to have one. Now our visitors, even the children, carry more computing power in their pockets than astronauts could bring to bear on the Apollo missions. Our audiences and communities are changing, and our assumptions about visitors’ expectations may need to be revisited. Finding funding for museums and cultural organizations continues to challenge us. Although we may sometimes resist change, the challenges of satisfying the needs of those we serve will push us ahead.

Our conference in Erie will bring us together for educational sessions and case studies, presentations from inspiring keynote speakers, tours of Erie’s cultural assets, opportunities to connect with our colleagues, and a celebration of outstanding work at our annual awards presentation.  We hope to see you there.

To submit a proposal, please email the following information to Chrisoula Randas Perdziola. Programming Specialist by November 1, 2016.  The programming committee will announce the chosen sessions by December 1, 2016.  Please contact Chrisoula if you have any questions.

Tentative Title:

(think concise and catchy!)

Session Description:

Please include concept, area of relevance (e.g. collections, fundraising, etc.), and intended audience. This description will be used for web promotion and the final program.

Session Participant(s):

Please provide the name, title, institution, address, phone and email of each participant.  Please designate main contact if there are two or more participants.

 

We look forward to seeing you in Erie!

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