The first years of the ‘20s have been difficult for us all. Most of Tennessee’s museums were closed for months. Staff worked remotely or were laid off or let go. And we missed two years of gathering in person with our TAMfam. But, 2022 is coming and the Tennessee Association of Museums will be meeting on March 17-19 in Kingsport. We can’t wait to see all of you in-person!
TAM 2022 will be in the beautiful Tri-Cities area of Tennessee. We will explore Bristol, Kingsport, and Jonesborough and enjoy the mountain views. We are taking our inspiration for our conference theme from the Tri-Cities. We are hoping that 2022 will bring us a TRIfecta of positivity to Tennessee’s museum of community and that we will be holding the conference in a time where we are recovering from the effects of the pandemic, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, and responding to the needs of our communities and state.
After a year and a half of disruption and chaos, especially within the cultural and hospitality sector, we need time together as the TAMfam. We need to talk about what we experienced, its impact on our future, and have some fun and time for self-healing.
In this spirit, we are looking for session proposals that address the pillars of our 2022 TRIfecta: Recovering, Reconnecting, and Responding. What is it taking for your institution to Recover from the economic blow of 2020 and 2021? Share your solutions with others. How are you Reconnecting to your audience, donors, and volunteers? Did you make changes in your usual processes to accommodate for COVID and the lack of tourism and field trips? Tell us about it and lead a discussion to gather more solutions from your peers. How did your museum Respond to the pandemic and its impact on communities across Tennessee? Did you start a COVID collection, gather oral histories, host a vaccine clinic, or take photos in your community? Did you create a maker space where people could gather to paint, draw, knit, or do some other craft to take their mind off the last year? We want to hear about your response to your community during this painful time.
For our conference to be successful, we have to hear from you. Submit your session proposal for the 2022 TAM meeting in Kingsport by October 1. Click here to access the online application form. We look forward to seeing you in the beautiful Tri-Cities in March 2022.