Small Museum Association

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38th Annual SMA Conference

Call for Proposals

Proposal submissions have now closed.

Conference dates and location:

Sunday, February 20 to Tuesday, February 22, 2022

The Hotel at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland 


This year, the SMA conference will offer sessions that address the theme "Seizing the Moment: Opportunities for Radical Change."

Presentations should address how small museums are uniquely positioned to pivot quickly to respond to the changing needs of our audiences. As we reflect on the impacts of the dual pandemics that came to the forefront in 2020, that of COVID-19 and racial injustice around the world, how can we seize the moment to create lasting, meaningful change for our institutions and our communities? If not now, when?

The SMA Conference Committee is requesting that panels reflect the diverse communities that museums serve. SMA Conference Attendees tend to like practical sessions with roadmaps for implementation at their own sites.

Types of session proposals sought:

    • 60-minute session — individual speaker, panel presentation, or round-table discussion
    • 60 & 90-minute workshops — in-depth, experiential, hands-on learning

Speakers receive:

  • Sunday workshops are included for all speakers.
  • Sunday and Monday speakers receive Monday session registration and one comp meal on Monday.
  • Tuesday speakers receive Tuesday session registration and one comp meal on Tuesday. 

**This DOES NOT include Sunday Wine & Cheese Reception, additional meals, banquet or session registration for the day of the conference you are not speaking. Those options are available as add-ons.***

Health Protocols

The Small Museum Association is committed to protecting all attendees and conference hotel staff during the ongoing health crisis. Please see our Health Protocols page for more information.


Contact the Speaker Coordinators at

Proposal submissions have now closed.

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