Small Museum Association

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40th Annual SMA Conference

Call for Proposals

Conference dates and location:

Monday, February 19 to Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Omni Richmond Hotel in Richmond, Virginia


This year, the SMA conference will address the theme "Telling Tough Stories."

The stories that museums tell aren't always cut and dry. History museums have to confront contentious and politically divisive topics. Science and technology museums must explain complex concepts in layman's terms. What are the best ways to approach tough stories? And how can do so clearly, concisely, and fairly?

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:

  • SMA membership
  • Discounted registration to the conference

Proposals Due

Wednesday, July 1, 2023.


Direct any questions to the SMA Speaker Coordinator at

Contact the Speaker Coordinators at

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