Proposed Session

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The North Carolina Museums Council is currently planning its annual conference, which will be held in Rocky Mount, North Carolina March 29-30, 2020. This year, the NCMC conference will offer sessions that address the theme: "Small Town, Big Impact." Incorporated in 1867, Rocky Mount, North Carolina is a charming small town located along the Tar River in both Edgecombe and Nash counties. Though small, it is a town of rich history, scenic views, and new developments that capitalize on unique experiences to create big impacts within their community.

In the same way, museums strive to create big impacts within their communities. Museums exist to better communities, serve as a resource, and generally increase the quality of life. Our museums strive to be gathering places. We anchor economic development, provide educational experiences for the public, present community stories, and can even exist as safe places. By connecting with our communities, museums are larger than the walls of their buildings, they are integral and necessary parts of the larger whole. This Call for Proposals invites you to share your experiences and lessons learned in sessions focused on how your museum is making a positive impact in your community.

Several types of sessions proposals are sought:

Things to Think About When Developing a Proposal

Inspiration for a session can come from a variety of places: your own experiences, questions you have faced, or sessions you have heard about elsewhere.
NCMC welcomes diverse insights from the variety of institutions and professionals that work in our state, including the from those who do not work in the museum field. NCMC highly encourages involving multiple presenters in a session. Hearing from professionals who are entry level, mid-career, or senior level is a great way for conference attendees to hear from multiple perspectives.
Though presentations and facilitated discussions are our most used format, that does not mean they are always the most effective depending on your content. Time for discussion and questions is important to consider. Feel free to be creative when thinking about the structure within your session. Panels are valuable, but is there a way to put a spin on your presentation? Can it be hands on? Could there be an opportunity to facilitate a debate or town meeting? Consider thinking beyond case studies and towards instruction or analysis of a problem you have faced in the field.

Speaker Policy

Speakers do not receive a fee, free registration, or travel considerations for their participation in the NCMC annual meeting. Presenters who plan attend only their own session and engage in no other conference activities do not have to register. If presenters are only attending their session, they are required to notify the Professional Development Chair via email at


The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 15th, 2019. Selected proposals for the final program will be confirmed and notified in mid December.

Thank you in advance for helping to make the 2020 conference an exchange of valuable information and ideas - as well as a rejuvenating and FUN experience for us all!