The Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference is virtual in 2020! The new Virtual Conference Series will provide online professional development and networking opportunities for Affiliate and Smithsonian staff in September, October, and November 2020.
The Conference Series was developed in response to the moment we are in now, and as a platform to discuss and examine a series of timely and important questions:
- How do we respond to the challenges of a global pandemic, racial injustice, and political divisiveness in ways that enable our visitors to take productive action—and help our nation to live up to its founding ideals?
- How can Affiliates and the Smithsonian collaborate in doing this work to ensure greater reach, greater relevance, and profound impact?
- What does it mean to be a national museum in this moment?
Through the lens of topic areas such as PK-12 Education, Digital First, Amplifying Voices and Network Building, the Virtual Conference Series aims to spark ideas that lead to Smithsonian/Affiliate collaborations which reach new and greater audiences, help audiences to better understand the world around them, and empower them to make positive and lasting change in their communities.
Virtual Conference Dates
September 23-24, 2020
October 7-8, 2020
October 21-22, 2020
November 9-10, 2020
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM Eastern Time (Note: Affinity Group Networking events will end at 6:30 p.m.)
Sessions, Workshops, Affinity Groups will be on Zoom
Virtual Resource Fair will be hosted on the Affiliations website.