CAM Across California: Shifting Terrains

Call for Proposals

The California Association of Museums (CAM) is requesting proposals for CAM Across California: Shifting Terrains, a series of five mini-conferences in Spring 2022. We have all experienced countless shifts in the last 18 months. What do they mean for cultural organizations in California, now and in the future? What steps can we, as museum professionals, take to ensure a better field moving forward? Join us for safe, in-person* gatherings throughout the state to explore our shifting terrains together.

The first mini-conference in the series will be a two-day statewide convening held in San Diego. Four additional single-day convenings will be hosted in Los Angeles, Central Valley, Bay Area, and Northern California. All convenings will include professional development programs, networking, and museum tours. Locations and dates will be announced later this year.

CAM is seeking panel sessions, case studies, and roundtable discussions from the museum community that address the theme of shifting terrains, particularly from colleagues who are willing to share inspiring visions, successes, questions, and/or lessons learned. We invite proposals that are highly relevant to one of the mini-conference regions or applicable to museums statewide. When submitting your proposal, you will be asked to select one or more locations. The most popular sessions from each mini-conference, determined by the post-program attendee evaluation, may be asked to repeat the presentation for a virtual audience in webinar format in Summer 2022.

Each proposal may be submitted as either a 60-minute panel session with multiple presenters, a 30-minute case study with 1–2 presenters, a roundtable discussion topic with one moderator, or another format to be determined. Multiple proposals are encouraged!

All presenters will be provided either a full registration to a mini-conference or a $100 stipend. CAM’s Program Committee is particularly interested in proposals that feature underrepresented voices, including but not limited to: emerging museum professionals; Black, Indigenous, and People of Color; and museum workers from rural areas of the state. Proposals with speakers who identify with at least one of these characteristics will be given extra consideration to ensure that the program reflects a diverse group of speakers.

CAM's Program Committee will review and score the ideas proposed in December 2021 based on the rubric below. Proposers will be contacted in late December or early January regarding the status of their proposal.

The proposal period for CAM Across California is now closed

*Safety precautions against COVID-19 will be in place for all in-person gatherings to ensure the health and comfort of all individuals in attendance. These may include, but may not be limited to, requirement of proof of vaccination OR negative test result within 72 hours of event and mandatory face masks while indoors. These decisions will be guided by state regulations closer to the time of the program series.

Download a mock proposal form prior to submitting online. All proposals must be submitted using the online form for consideration.

Please contact Lacey Lieberthal, CAM's Program & Membership Manager, with questions or concerns: 

[email protected]
831.471.9970 x1

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.