MASS Action 2018 Applications Now Open!

Hello all,

Thank you for your interest in MASS Action. We are very excited to announce that the application is now open for the 2018 Convening, which will be held October 10 -12 in Minneapolis. We hope you will consider applying to attend, and join the movement towards building greater equity in the museum field.

Given that the content will focus on implementable practices and strategies most relevant to institutions, initial preference will be granted to applicants working internally for museums and representing cross-functional teams. However, a certain number of spots for independent practitioners, students, and professionals are available, so all are still encouraged to apply.

Please take a few minutes to fill out this application and submit by July 30th. (If you are returning, please fill out this application.) Participants will be notified by the week of August 13th. To reduce financial barriers to participation, travel subsidies are available. If you have any questions, please contact

We are excited to hear from you and begin building together!

The MASS Action Team

Why attend MASS Action? 

There are numerous reasons why preparing your museum to become “a site for social action” is important. For some, it may be the shifting demographic landscape they see around them. How can museums remain relevant if we are not meeting the needs of all of our constituents? For others, the “business case” for diversity is particularly compelling. How can museums remain financially solvent if we are no longer relevant? For the stakeholders in MASS Action, these arguments certainly underline the importance and urgency of the work we need to do as a field. Additionally, we are also unified in our belief that it is the right thing to do because it makes our institutions more socially equitable and sets high standard for conduct in our field. We are radical optimists, and as such, we approach this work with radical hope. We invite you to join us in making this vision a reality. 

Who should attend MASS Action?

Museum practitioners from around the country are invited to come together to discuss how we can build our capacity to create more equity in our institutions, and to respond to issues affecting our global and local communities. For this work to take root and be effective, it is important that it be embedded across the institution in every department, and at all levels of staff. It must also move beyond discussion towards an actionable practice. We are therefore suggesting the following criteria to maximize your time at the 2018 convening:

1. Send a cross-departmental team of two (or more) staff, with at least one of the team members representing your museum's senior leadership.

2. Come with a specific project or challenge in mind (related to inclusion, equity, etc.) as well as topic(s) you are interested in exploring further.

 Participating museums at the 2017 Convening included: Adler Planetarium, Better World Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Denver Art Museum, Detroit Institute of Art, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, High Museum of Art, HistoryMiami Museum, Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Michigan History Center, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Museum of the City of New York, Newark Museum, Portland Art Museum, Science Museum of Minnesota, Smith College Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Spencer Museum of Art at University of Kansas, Spurlock Museum at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, Tacoma Art Museum, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Phillips Collection, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Walters Art Museum, West Chicago City Museum, and Whitney Plantation.

Want to catch up on the 2017 Convening? Check out #massactionmia on Twitter!