The Museums Association of the Caribbean 32nd Annual Conference to be held in 2023 in Nassau, The Bahamas

The Power of Museums: Relevancy, Advocacy, Transformation

FORT DE FRANCE, Martinique – The Museums Association of the Caribbean (MAC) has partnered with the National Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB), Central Bank of the Bahamas (CBB), the Antiquities Monuments and Museums Corporation (AAMC), and the University of the Bahamas (UB) to host the 32nd Annual MAC Conference in Nassau, Bahamas. This is the first time the conference will be hosted in The Bahamas in the history of MAC.

The Bahamas’ diverse cultural landscape and variety of artistic and cultural offerings make it an ideal location for the 2023 conference. In addition, Nassau has a great variety of heritage museums, historical sites, and art museums and galleries, making it a fitting and relevant backdrop for the conference’s discussions this year.

NGCI - Bendel Hydes Circumnavigating the Globe exhibition_2012
NGCI – Bendel Hydes Circumnavigating the Globe exhibition 2012

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2023 Conference Theme

The 2023 conference theme, The Power of Museums: Relevancy, Advocacy, Transformation, will provide opportunities for sharing the changes in the museum field since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Presenters will explore how museums and cultural heritage sites have, and must now continue to question how their role is evolving alongside the world surrounding us. How have, and can, museums stay relevant, advocate for change, and provide transformative experiences for visitors and communities?

Museums Association of the Caribbean Announces its 32nd Annual Conference MAC and the conference’s host venues, NAGB, CBB, AAMC, and UB, all look forward to seeing museum and heritage site professionals coming together. Especially to discussing these topics, representing different institutions, geographies, backgrounds, and perspectives.

The conference welcomes professionals from museums, cultural heritage sites, libraries, archives, historical societies, universities, and other cultural organizations, March 1-5, 2023, at the Courtyard Marriott in Nassau Downtown/Junkanoo Beach.

Joanne Hyppolite, MAC President, says she is “excited and energized to be hosting our first on-site conference in the Caribbean since the pandemic. In a region where professional development and networking opportunities are scarce, the MAC conference plays a vital role in connecting and uplifting museums and cultural heritage professionals and the work they do.”

Conference Host

First-time conference host The Central Bank of the Bahamas (CBB) is looking forward to co-hosting the conference. CBB Curator Ulrich Voges says, “Being one of the hosts of the 2023 MAC conference lies perfectly in line with our understanding of the importance of culture as a backbone of a nation and as a relevant part in creating and sustaining the Orange Economy. The 2023 MAC conference in The Bahamas will give us and our fellow institutions the possibility to put our unique culture even further on the global map. It is exciting to be part of the MAC community.”

Antiquities Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC) is also hosting the MAC Conference for the first time.

Managing Director Dr. Christopher Curry states, “As the government agency responsible for protecting, preserving, and exhibiting elements of antiquity, we at the Antiquities Monuments, Museum Corporation of The Bahamas are excited about the annual MAC conference being hosted in The Bahamas in 2023 Located on Bay Street and with a large exhibition space on the second floor, [The Pompey Museum, overseen by AMMC] provides ideal opportunities for MAC participants to engage in a unique cultural space in the heart of downtown Nassau.”

For additional information about the conference, visit Caribbean Museums.

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