The Call for Proposals is now closed.  

Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is now closed.

Thank you to those who submitted! CAM's Program and Host Committees met in Los Angeles in mid-July to plan the program and events for the next conference, 20/20 Vision. The Program Committee reviewed 116 proposals, which is more than usual. The committee could only accept 71 sessions, case studies, and discussions—which means only 60% of the proposals were accepted. The Host Committee, representing 16 museums in Los Angeles, brainstormed tours and evening events that will showcase a diverse array of experiences. The program will be released this Fall - stay tuned for more information!

Click here to submit a Creative Station proposal. Call for Creative Stations open through Friday, September 20th.

CAM Program Committee Goal

The Program Committee’s overall goal is to produce interesting, useful, thought-provoking, relevant and interactive programs that: 

  •  explore internal trends or external factors that affect the future of California museums
  •  discuss “best practices” in museums and strategies for achieving excellence
  •  model strategies for other museums to learn from these experiences. 


The sessions at the CAM conference should provide information or experiences that assist employees and volunteers in California museums to better perform their duties, organize engaging educational experiences, stay engaged in their profession, protect their collections, obtain necessary resources, and/or serve their communities. The most successful sessions and workshops at CAM conferences feature:

  • deep dives into issues or trends
  • real and scalable solutions
  • multiple case studies that are candid, relevant to museums of varying sizes, and honest about lessons learned
  • compelling, organized, and knowledgeable presenters
  • active engagement and involvement of program participants (not just “talking heads”).

Proposers are encouraged to represent the diversity of the museum field in their proposals. This diversity includes the geographical region, size, discipline, and age of the institutions represented on the panel as well as the race/ethnicity, ages, and genders of the presenters. 

Available Program Formats

Individual or Institutional Case Study (20-30 minutes): An individual or institutional case study is a 20- to 30-minute spotlight of a program or activity and is typically presented by a single individual who led the activity. Case studies offer opportunities for presenters to give specific details while keeping the content concise and interesting.

Session or Panel (60-75 minutes): A session can be facilitated as a dialogue or as a panel. Traditionally, sessions have a moderator or a facilitator and a maximum of three speakers, often with contrasting perspectives, institutions, or experiences. The moderator or facilitator introduces the topic and helps create discussion or introduces the various presenters and their perspectives. The moderator may also serve as one of the presenters. The session concludes with a general question and answer period or other type of interactive experience.

Roundtable Discussions (1 hour): Roundtable Discussions are highly participatory programs in a small group setting that focus on sharing ideas on a specific topic, trend, or case study. They feature only one facilitator who introduces the topic and leads the discussion. The number of participants typically vary from 5 to 20 or more, depending on the schedule and topic. Roundtable discussion proposals may be selected as topics for dialogue dinners/lunches (see below) and/or as conference sessions.

Dialogue Dinner or Lunch (1.5-2 hours): Dialogue dinners/lunches are highly participatory events in small group settings that focus on discussion and sharing ideas on a specific topic, trend, or case study. Dialogue dinner/lunch facilitators lead the discussion among a group of 8-10 individuals who sign up in advance to participate in a selected topic. Please note that the program could include Dialogue Dinners OR Lunches. This decision will be finalized once the program and conference events are set. Use the proposal form for Discussions if you wish to propose a Dialogue Lunch/Dinner.

Pre-Conference Workshop (1/2 day or full day): A workshop is a hands-on, participatory learning experience. Pre-conference workshops are offered as half- or full-day experiences on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, and are most often hosted by museums in the area. They usually require a separate fee to attend, set by the workshop organizer. CAM will help arrange a host site with the local museums. The proposer/organizer needs to make arrangements with the host site and CAM staff for set-up, participant lunch, and/or other necessary logistics. CAM contacts those submitting workshop proposals to gather additional questions, such as anticipated length of time, cost, etc.

Please note that CAM 2020 will take place Wednesday, March 4 through Friday, March 6, 2020. A more detailed schedule will be released once the program is set in the Fall of 2019.