2021 Virtual Summits

Call for Ideas

The California Association of Museums (CAM) is requesting ideas and proposals for a series of virtual summits in Spring 2021. These virtual summits will address the following themes:

  • New Models for Fundraising and Sustainability
  • Advancing Equity and Inclusion
  • Measuring and Communicating Social Impact
  • Contemporary Collecting
  • Storytelling through Technology

CAM is seeking case studies and speakers from the museum community that address these five themes, particularly from museum colleagues who are willing to share inspiring visions, successes, and/or lessons learned. Each proposal may be submitted as either a 10-minute case study, a 45-minute panel discussion with multiple presenters, or another format to be determined. Multiple proposals are encouraged!

CAM's Program Committee will review and score the ideas proposed in December 2020 based on the rubric below. Proposers will be contacted in late December regarding the status of their proposal.

All presenters will be provided either a full registration to the entire summit series or a $100 stipend.

The deadline for submission is Monday, November 30, 2020 at 11:59PM PST

Submit Your Idea

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, CAM will not be hosting a traditional in-person conference in 2021. We are wishing for the health and safety of all, and hoping to gather again in person in 2022! In lieu of the annual conference, we will be hosting this series of virtual summits in the spring, dates to be determined.

Please contact Lacey Lieberthal, CAM's Administrative & Program Coordinator, with questions or concerns: 

[email protected]
831.471.9970 ext.101

Scoring Rubric

Content (Score of 1-5): Applicability to chosen theme. Engaging and representative example of the theme. Description is concise and clearly explains what attendees will experience.

Relevance (Score of 1-5): How does this proposal help museums and museum professionals find their voice, seek solutions, and stand up for what is important to them and the museum field? How is it relevant to California museums?

Qualifications (Score of 1-5): Each speaker should have the ability, knowledge and experience to speak on the topic they are presenting. Proposals from vendors and consultants must include presenters who are currently working in museums, with one or more who are not clients.