SOURCE: National Civil Rights Museum

National Civil Rights Museum

July 13, 2015 14:10 ET

The Community, History and the Arts Are the Focus of African American Museum Conference in Memphis

National Civil Rights Museum Is Host Organization

MEMPHIS, TN--(Marketwired - July 13, 2015) - The 2015 Association of African American Museum's (AAAM) 37th Annual Conference, hosted by the National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM), will be held at the Memphis Peabody Hotel. Museum professionals and the general public are invited to attend the full conference, or register for one day or single events. Conference dates are August 4-7.

This year's conference theme is "MILESTONES IN HISTORY: African American Museums and the Story of African American Progress." The conference includes pre- and post-conference tours, concurrent sessions, a plenary session and evening receptions at local museums. AAAM is a non-profit organization designed to support African and African American museums and professionals who protect, preserve and interpret African and African American art, history and culture.

"This gathering is an important one that allows AAAM to advance its agenda of support, instruction, awareness and recognition for individuals and institutions that comprise our organization," said Auntaneshia Staveloz, Supervisory Program Manager, Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African America History & Culture and AAAM Conference Director. "We've worked to expand from the traditional conference offerings to include sessions and activities that will appeal to a broad audience of arts, history, and cultural museum professionals, enthusiasts and the community. We'll also focus on the museum as a community partner with sessions that address current events that have greatly impacted society."

A pre-conference tour called "A Passion for Collecting African American Art: At Home with the Perry's," is a private, art collection tour hosted by former NBA player Elliot Perry and his wife Kim. This single event is limited to 40 people. Registration is required.

The conference is community-focused with concurrent session topics including "Being Relevant in a Time of Need: the Arts as Agents of Change," "Creating Connections: Collaboration between Museums and Schools," "The Great Migration and Urban Blues," and a plenary session, "Responding to Ferguson: How Museums Can Work with Communities in Conflict."

Attendees can experience the cultural community with site-seeing tours to C.H Nash Museum at Chucalissa, the Metal Museum. A full day trip to the B.B King Museum and the Delta Interpretative Center in Indianola, MS, includes lunch at the historic Club Ebony. Evening receptions are also scheduled at The Withers Collection Museum & Gallery, The STAX Museum of American Soul Music and the National Civil Rights Museum.

AAAM member and non-member full conference and one-day pricing is available. A la carte pricing is available for luncheon and evening receptions. For more information on sessions and event prices, and to register, visit http://blackmuseums.org/2015conference.

ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUMS

The Association of African American Museums (AAAM) is a non-profit member organization established to support African American and African museums nationally and internationally, as well as the professionals who protect, preserve and interpret African American and African art, history and culture. Established as the single representative and principal voice of the African American museum movement, the Association seeks to strengthen and advocate for the interests of institutions and individuals committed to the preservation of African-derived cultures. The services provided by AAAM enhance the ability of those museums to serve the needs and interests of persons of African ancestry and those who wish to know more about the art, history and culture of African-derived cultures.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM

The NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM, located at the historic Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, is the only Museum of its kind in the country that gives a comprehensive overview of the American Civil Rights Movement from 1619 to the present. The Museum is intended to bring the movement to life, place the events in a historical perspective and provide a focus of national remembrance. Since the Museum opened in 1991, close to 5 million visitors from around the world have come, including more than 60,000 students annually. Recognized as a center for civil rights and social change, the Museum is steadfast in its mission to share the culture and lessons from the Movement and explore how this significant era continues to shape equality and freedom globally.

Through interactive exhibits, historic collections, storytelling, dynamic speakers and events, the Museum offers visitors a chance to walk through history and learn more about a tumultuous and inspiring period of change. Finally, the NCRM invites you to Join the Movement, take a stand and share your voice on issues that impact our society.

An internationally acclaimed cultural institution, the Museum was recognized as USA Today's Top 10 Best American Iconic Attractions; Top 10 Best Historical Spots in the U.S. by TLC's Family Travel; Must See by the Age of 15 by Budget Travel and Kids; Top 10, American Treasures by USA Today; and Best Memphis Attraction by The Commercial Appeal.

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