The 2021 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo (#AAM2021) is taking place virtually May 24 and June 7-9.
AAM’s Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo is the only event of its scope and scale. It brings together museums of all types and sizes—from art and history museums to zoos and botanic gardens—to share ideas and make connections that are transformative. It’s a place where all museum professionals learn from one another, create partnerships, and leave inspired to make an impact on their museums, communities, and the world.
The American Alliance of Museums’ Annual Meeting first started in 1906 in New York with under 200 museum professionals and has grown to over 5,000 attendees, becoming the largest museum conference in the United States.
Together, we tackle topics ranging from innovative revenue streams, crisis recovery, and governance to community engagement, fundraising, tech, and beyond. Join us in 2021 as we explore the theme “Resilient, Together.”
Never before in AAM’s 115-year history has it been more critical to come together for our field’s future. By the time the AAM Annual Meeting takes place in May of 2021, it will have been over a year since COVID-19’s first cases appeared, claiming millions of lives and jobs worldwide, and broadly illuminating the inequities in our society. The impacts on museums and museum professionals have been dire. Many museums are striving to meet the needs of their communities through education, psychological respite, humor, and joy. Many are also facing the painful prospects of job loss, substantial budget cuts, and permanent closure.
Leading up to and during the 2021 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo we will explore questions around resiliency and how it intersects with systemic racism and equity work, fiscal instability and economic security, climate crisis and environmental sustainability, societal divisions and community partnerships, and more. Becoming resilient requires examining the complexities of these topics, mapping paths to a more inclusive and equitable field, and adapting so that when we do bounce back, we do so with new vigor, together. What’s next starts now at #AAM2021.