About the Theme
CAM's 2024 Annual Conference will take place in Long Beach, California from March 10–13, 2024. CAM last convened an annual conference in Long Beach in 2007, and 2024 marks our return to the beautiful Southern California locale. With a community rich in heritage, history, and iconic landmarks, Long Beach offers museum workers a point of gathering from which we'll launch into new ways of working and making change within the field.

Preliminary Program
All case studies, roundtable discussions, panel sessions, and creative stations are included in conference registration. Pre-conference Workshops and some events will require additional registration and fee, with limited capacity. The final program will be updated the week of March 4,2024.

View a PDF version of the Preliminary Program.

2024 Preliminary Program Preview

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Photo Credit: Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

All programs are subject to change.


Coffee and Light Bites

Stop in to grab a cup of coffee and a light bites before heading to your first conference session of the day. 

Exhibit Hall

Stop in to the Exhibit Hall to meet our vendors and network with museum colleagues. Business representatives will be displaying and demonstrating products and services throughout the day. The 2024 exhibit hall will be a two-day hub of activity, including a happy hour in the evening with a complimentary drink ticket for each registered conference attendee. 2024 Exhibitors List to be announced.

Panel Sessions*

Taking the Decolonial Turn: Readying Your Organization & Doing Better as You Know Better
NightLife: A New Seen
Exhibits: That’s Impossible, When Do We Start?
Flipping the Narrative: A new model for inclusivity in capital projects
Centering Equity: Collaboration and California Museums
Collaboration and Community Care as Praxis
Addressing the Silences
Problem Solving via Technology - Audio Tours and More!
Becoming Comfortable with the Uncomfortable: Challenging Identity Metrics in Favor of a Human-Centered Approach
Supporting Social Emotional Learning in Museum Spaces, Not Just for Kids!

*View PDF program for more details.


Case Studies*

Designing Augmented Reality that Supports Family Conversation: What we Learned From a Recent Exhibit Study
Place, People, Power: Learnings from Community Cross-Racial Public Art Action project

The Power of Adults with Special Needs as Volunteer Champions
Cleaning Topograph I & II by Kendall Buster: Maintaining a ceiling-mounted public artwork
Unpacking Authenticity—What Research Says and Why it Matters (or Not?)
Diving into Teenaged Student Community Science at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Elevating the Visitor Experience by Empowering Your Frontline Team
Mapping Collections for Compliance
Focusing Internships on Professional Development Over Job Skills
Crafting Tomorrow's Docents: A New Approach to Training, Recruitment, and Retention
Bilingual Gallery Teaching: Tools for Language Equity and Access in Museum Education
Making Stewardship First: Community and Collaboration in Collections Management Policy
Increasing Collaboration Through Pop-Up Exhibits

*View PDF program for more details.


Roundtable Discussions*

Small Museums, Big Wins: Low stakes projects that advance collections/accessibility goals at small museums
Barriers to Embedding Sustainability in Conservation Education and Practice
Museum Transitions: A conversation on trends in museum leadership and executive search
Pathways to Museum Jobs: A Roundtable Discussion
Museums and Prop 28

*View PDF program for more details.

Creative Stations

Social and Emotional Learning Toolkits with Palo Alto Art Center
“Home” Collage with Rancho Los Cerritos
Tovaave Cultural Program with Rancho Los Alamitos
Immersive Conservation: Digital Technologies for Water Stewardship with Ontario Museum of History & Art
Playing with Plankton with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Spirograph Art Inspired by Cymatics with Museum of Latin American Art

 Exhibit Hall Happy Hour

Complimentary Happy Hour in the Exhibit Hall, included in conference registration. Includes light bites and a complimentary drink ticket.

Evening Ticketed Event - Museum Move Along

Registration required; additional cost. Not included in regular conference registration.
Sample a swath of Long Beach museums and institutions all in one evening! Museum hop and see the sights (and plenty of new exhibits) with your museum colleagues. Sites include: Museum of Latin American Art, Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum, Long Beach Museum of Art, Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum, and Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden.


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*Program is subject to change*


Early Bird Online Registration Deadline: January 3, 2024
Regular Rate Online Registration Deadline: February 25, 2024
Please register ONSITE beginning March 10!
View the 2024 Conference Pricing Sheet

Please contact Rochelle Hoffman with questions: [email protected] / 831-471-9970 ext.3