Small Museum Association

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39th Annual SMA Conference

Call for Proposals

Conference dates and location:

Monday, February 20 to Wednesday, February 22, 2023

The Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware


This year, the SMA conference will address the theme "Curating a Culture of Care."

While the small museum workplace of the past was one of long hours and little compensation, the last three years have inspired many of us to reevaluate what we look for in a workplace. How do we find a work-life balance and still care for the cultural and historic resources that our institutions are entrusted with and serve our communities? And how can leaders at small museums empower their employees to find time for guilt-free self-care?

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

Submit Your Proposal

Speakers receive:

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

This DOES NOT include additional meals, banquet, or session registration for the day of the conference you are not speaking, but those options are available as add-ons.

NOTE: Each panel receives two registrations. Additional panelists may either only attend their panel or register as an attendee.

Proposals Due

Tuesday, November 15, 2022.


Contact the Speaker Coordinators at

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