The annual SMA conference attracts hundreds of museum professionals, board members, and volunteers from a wide variety of small museums across the county. They attend sessions on topics ranging from collections and education to staffing and board issues.
This year, our theme 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? How can we do so clearly, concisely, and fairly?
As part of each conference, we offer a Resource Hall and plenty of informal networking opportunities for you to talk with (and get ideas from!) other small museum professionals and volunteers.
Get started by clicking the black "Register Now" button at the bottom left of this page!
Want to Sponsor and Support the SMA but Cannot Attend?
Not a problem at all! If you want to support the SMA or sponsor a scholarship, but cannot attend, please follow the prompts and fill out the registration page. Please respond "No" to the question: "Do you plan on attending the conference?" This will help our registrar receive an accurate count of attendees while still allowing you to support the work of the SMA! Thank you!
Registering Multiple Attendees
If choosing a support package that includes multiple conference registrations, you will be able to register yourself and your colleagues under the same support package registration. Additional colleagues not included with your support package must be registered under the main conference registration.
You may pay online with a credit card or PayPal account. Online payments will be redirected to PayPal and returned to SMA following completion.
If you prefer to pay offline, contact Nora Venezky, SMA Treasurer, at firstname.lastname@example.org for the most up-to-date mailing address and send your check or money order payable to "Small Museum Association". Your registration is not complete until your payment is received.
SMA recommends that attendees follow current CDC guidelines with regard to COVID.
By registering, you give the SMA Board and Conference Committee permission to take and use photographs of you at SMA Conference programming for publicity purposes.
This year the SMA is using Sched, an online scheduling site for our event program and schedule! Click the link to sign-up for the 2024 Sched schedule! The schedule is always being updated, so check back regularly for the most up to date information!