2021 NCMC Conference Moving to All-Virtual Format
by Scott Warren, President, NCMC
Next year’s NCMC conference, scheduled for March 28-29, 2021 in Rocky Mount, NC will transition to an all-virtual format. While the council is disappointed that we can’t meet in person, we made this tough call for two reasons.
1) Our first priority is the safety of all attendees. With so much uncertainty around COVID-19 and what its status will be in the spring, we feel it is necessary to be cautious. While we all hope a safe and effective vaccine will be developed in time, we cannot be certain it will be widely available by the time of the conference.
2) Our second concern is financial. I have heard from many colleagues around the state that operating budgets for state and local museums, as well as private museums, are being slashed and that professional development line items are a common target. Between this and potential future staff reductions, travel to Rocky Mount may not be feasible for many of us. We at NCMC are working hard to help alleviate that burden. We’re planning some great, low-cost professional development opportunities that you can read about on NCMC's Events page.
We are working with many of our corporate sponsors and donors to bring you next year’s conference at a reasonable rate. In the coming months, our Professional Development Chair Adrienne Nirdé and Assistant Chair Felicia Ingram will roll out important dates, schedules and an open call for session proposals. Those announcements will be shared on our website, www.ncmuseums.org, via email and on our social media pages.
Lastly, I cannot thank the vendors, venues and members of the local arrangements committee enough for their understanding, flexibility and willingness to help guide us through this situation. We will be back together in person one day. My term doesn’t end until 2022, but I feel like when we are able to meet again in person, it will feel like my very first conference. Do you remember yours?
Thank you for your continued support of your statewide museums association. I am excited about our future and the direction we’re heading despite the wild ride 2020 has been so far. Hang on tight and stay well!