2022 Affiliations Virtual Conference

October 25-27, 2022

We invite you to join us in 2022 for our Smithsonian Affiliations Virtual Conference where our theme, Disruption and Transformation, will bring Smithsonian Affiliates and Smithsonian colleagues together to think beyond pandemic pivoting, to have conversations about how we are not only being responsive to the moment we are in, but how we are continuing to innovate and continuing to develop and sustain new ways of working. The conference will focus on the how disruption can be a catalyst for transforming our work, our organizations, our community, and our environment. How are we asking ourselves the difficult, sometimes disruptive questions to make real change in what we do? How are our answers transforming our work from within the organization as well as in our community?

The Smithsonian Affiliations Virtual Conference will convene Smithsonian Affiliates and Smithsonian colleagues over three, half-days of sessions and workshops where an exchange of ideas and experimental practices can lead to new ideas and rich collaborations. The relationships we build when our Affiliate and Smithsonian colleagues share their work often results in projects that reach new and greater audiences; collectively we respond to the needs of today. Join us October 25-27, 2022.

The deadline for submitting a proposal for the 2022 virtual conference has passed. Please email BugbeeE@si.edu if you have questions about a proposal you submitted. Proposers will be notified on or before June 30. 

2021 Highlight

A Conversation About the Future of The Museum Field
Our dynamic opening session centered youth advocates and their views on the future of the museum field alongside Ellen Stofan, Under Secretary for Science & Research, and Kevin Young, Director of the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

More session recordings available on the 2021 Virtual Conference page.

Questions? Comments? Need more information about the 2022 Virtual Conference? Email Elizabeth Bugbee, BugbeeE@si.edu.

The Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference is for current Smithsonian Affiliates and Smithsonian staff members only. If you are interested in learning more about a Smithsonian Affiliation, please visit our Applying for Affiliation pages.