Now Accepting Concurrent Session Proposals

The Michigan Museums Association seeks proposals for concurrent sessions to take place during our annual conference. The conference will be October 21-23, 2024 in Kalamazoo. Concurrent sessions will be held at the Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center on Tuesday, October 22 between 9 am and 5 pm.

The theme of the conference is MI Museums: Navigating Changing Landscapes. Sessions are sought that focus on the theme related to a variety of content areas. Some non-theme related sessions will also be offered, again related to a variety of content areas.

Concurrent sessions are one-hour long and can utilize a panel, mini-workshop, or discussion format. For each session, a projector and screen will be provided. The average concurrent session has about 20-30 attendees who come from all sizes and types of museums from throughout Michigan. Presenters are encouraged to provide handouts, share slides, and time for questions.

Session proposals must be submitted online via SurveyMonkey by the end of day on April 10, 2024. Final selection will take place by April 26 and presenters will be notified by May 1. All session presenters are expected to register for the conference and acceptance of proposals is dependent upon this expectation.

Is one hour too short for your content? You might consider submitting a half-day workshop proposal.

For more information about the conference, contact the MMA office at 313-334-7342, email

All presenters concurrent session presenters are expected to register for the conference.

  Session Formats

Each session is 60 minutes long. Format options include:

  • Panel Presentation (2-3 presenters speaking about a specific project or topic)
  • Discussion (facilitated conversations that those who attend a session have together as a group).
  • Hands-on Mini-workshop (guided, hands-on, "mini-workshop" experience for attendees)

  Call for Proposal Questions

Session Presenters

Lead Presenter Information

  • Name
  • Museum/Organization
  • Title/Role
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number

Lead Presenter Bio (brief)

Co-Presenter Information

  • Name
  • Museum/Organization
  • Title/Role
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number

Co-Presenter Bio (brief)

Co-Presenter Information

  • Name
  • Museum/Organization
  • Title/Role
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number

Co-Presenter Bio (brief)

Are all the proposed presenters aware that they are expected to register for the conference?

Session Title and Description

Proposed Session Title

Session Description

Session Content

Content Areas

  • Leadership
  • Audience Development
  • Museum Education/Interpretation
  • Collections Stewardship
  • Exhibit Design
  • Community Engagement
  • Fundraising
  • DEAI (Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion)
  • Other (please specify)
Description/discussion of the session content including why it is relevant and timely.

If applicable, how does this session content relate to the theme of MI Museums: Navigating Changing Landscapes?

Participant/Audience Experience

Session Format

  • Panel Presentation
  • Facilitated Discussion
  • Hands-On Mini-Workshop

Describe how participants will experience your session.

What do you hope for participants to gain from the session?

Which categories of conference participants would most likely gain from this session

        • Museum volunteer
        • Museum professional from small museum
        • Museum professional from medium museum
        • Museum professional from large museum
        • Student
        • Emerging museum professional
        • Mid-career professional
        • Executive level leadership


Is there anything you’d like to share about your session or proposal?


By submitting this proposal, I understand and agree to the following:

        • If accepted, the lead presenter will review and approve the final session description by May 13, 2024.
        • If accepted, the session organizer and the other session participants will register for the conference by July 17, 2024.
        • MMA may elect to use my session description and other publicly available digital content (social media profiles, published papers, exhibits produced, etc.) in their publicity efforts.

2024 Conference Partners

The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Arts and Culture Council

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