2020 Conference

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Conference Details

With social distancing guidelines and rapid changes in our field, we recognize that connection and exchange with colleagues is as crucial as ever. NYCMER is committed to providing a platform for museum educators (and others) to share their expertise and a forum for exchanges of ideas. We are excited to have been able to hold the 2020 NYCMER Annual Conference: ENGAGE! virtually this year. This online conference explored topics that often define our roles in the museum and informal world: how we engage with our audiences and our colleagues through social action and the use of technology. This conference took place virtually May 11th from 9am - 5pm!


This year’s conference used the Hopin platform which has built-in networking opportunities for all. And our colleagues from around the region presented on a variety of topics including inclusivity and accessibility, partnerships, staff support, uses of technology, internships and student programs, STEM and art and historic engagement, and more in:


Click here for the schedule overview. Click here for a full program. For a preview of the Hopin experience, watch this 10min video.


In light of the current situation, we offered this conference free to all. For those that can donate, we offer a pay-what-you-wish option with incentives:

  • For a donation of $10, we will send you a Plantable Pocket Notebook
  • For a donation of $20, we will send you a NYCMER Enamel Pin
  • For a donation of $30, we will send you a NYCMER “I’m Not A Curator” T-shirt
  • For a donation of $40, we will send you a pair of NYCMER socks.
  • For a donation of $100, we will send you all the NYCMER swag listed above.

Thank you gifts will be shipped after the Conference to addresses in the United States. We are not able to ship items internationally at this time. We appreciate your understanding.


NYCMER Members:

NYCMER members had early access to Conference registration. As a perk of membership, you will also receive access after the conference to the recording of the keynote address and all recorded breakout sessions.


Not a NYCMER Member yet?

All are welcome to register and attend. Registration for non-members opens on May 4, 2020. Join NYCMER today to take advantage of the great resources that NYCMER offers throughout the year such as the job board, peer group meetups, monthly events, and membership directory. Members will also have exclusive access to recordings of Conference sessions.



NYCMER is committed to providing opportunities for all of our members to participate in our programs and engage with one another. Should you require any accessibility services, please contact info@nycmer.org as soon as possible.


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The 2020 NYCMER Annual Conference is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.