December 4, 2020


Call for proposals for CMA 2021 National Conference

The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is pleased to announce that planning for the 2021 National Conference is underway —submit your proposals by January 31, 2021 .

One of our goals is to bring people and organizations together in support of the museum field and society at-large. We are modernizing our conferences to ensure they are as relevant as possible. The pandemic has also taught us about the importance of designing programs that are both flexible and responsive. While we had hoped to see you all in Newfoundland this spring, we are currently planning for a virtual national conference kicking off May 3, 2021, with an in-person element if it is possible. The virtual conference will involve a number of sessions per week over the course of two to three weeks. In addition to these sessions, the conference will also include our Directors’ Symposium, 2021 Awards Ceremony and Annual General Meeting.

The theme for CMA2021 is Moving forward , inspired by our President’s call for greater solidarity, connectedness and social responsibility to propel the museum sector ahead. CMA2021 will be a unique opportunity to bring Canada’s diverse museum community together for the best in professional development, networking and collaboration. CMA2021 promises to be an occasion to focus on the most timely and relevant issues of today and, at the same time, address the practical issues we face in our work.

Help us build your conference. For CMA2021, we are especially interested in proposals focused on critical issues such as truth and reconciliation, diversity, equity, access and inclusion, environmental sustainability and ethics. And we are especially interested in proposals covering technical issues including financial, legal, digital, pandemic strategies, conservation and privacy.

Use our online form to submit your proposal by January 31, 2021 .

For questions, visit our FAQ. We will share further updates as they become available.

We look forward to joining you for CMA2021!