2021 Virtual Conference

We are not static institutions. We are constantly evolving to meet the needs of our community and the collections we care for. Today, we are faced with formidable challenges such as COVID-19 and the new health and safety concerns it has brought as well as the fast-paced rise of technology requiring consideration for the integration of current and future technologies in the museum space. We also see an unprecedented opportunity for evolution through the investigation, experimentation, and incorporation of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA), social justice, and decolonizing principles to promote cross-cultural understanding and acceptance.

Evolution will have the most content and experiences ever offered by ARCS, with four pre-conference workshops, 37 confirmed sessions, 15 poster presentations, virtual vendor tables, breakout rooms, roundtables, networking opportunities, and much more!

2021 Virtual Conference Recordings

Looking for the recordings and materials from the 2021 ARCS Virtual Conference? Starting in November 2021ALL active ARCS memberscan now access the recordings and materials through our Resource Kit!

ARCS 2021 Virtual Conference Recordings and Materials

*Be sure to be logged into your ARCS Membership Account to access all materials. 

Schedule at a Glance as of November 2021

Registration is now closed for the ARCS 2021 Virtual Conference

Interested in gaining access to all of the recordings and handouts from the conference? Please contact us at info@arcsinfo.org.

Conference Schedule

*All session times for the ARCS 2021 Virtual Conference are in Eastern Time Zone.

Pre-Conference Virtual Workshops October 25 - November 5, 2021  
**As of 10/21/2021 all workshops are soldout and have reached capacity. 

Conference Sessions and Networking Opportunities November 8 - November 19, 2021
  • Week 1: November 8, 10, & 12, 2021 12:00pm-5:00pm ET
  • Week 2: November 15, 17,  & 19, 2021 12:00pm-5:00pm ET

Session and Poster Preview as of October 2021


Monday November 8, 2021 12:30-1:45pm ET

  • Unlearn to Learn: Decolonization, Inclusion, and the Work of Museums Today
  • Speaker:  Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, Museum Director/IDNR DEAI Coordinator, Illinois State Museum
  • Pronouns: she/her/hers

Friday November 19, 2021 12:15-1:30pm ET 

  • Making A Way Out of No Way: Establishment of the NMAAHC Archives
  • Speaker: Ja-Zette Marshburn, Head of Archives, Smithsonian NMAAHC
  • Pronouns: she/her/hers

Virtual Conference Partnership Opportunities 

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Thanks to all of the 2021 Virtual Conference Partners!

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