Every year at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, the Council for Museum Anthropology hosts a reception for members and invited guests. In recent years, these receptions have been held at museums in the host city; some museums have also offered special behind-the-scenes tours of collections for CMA members. This year there are a number of relevant events in Washington.
Annual CMA Reception:
This year’s reception was by hosted by the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Smithsonian Anthropology Collections
We also offered our members a behind-the-scenes tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Department of Anthropology and National Anthropological Archives collections at the museum’s off-site storage site.
Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA) 10-year Anniversary Event
Putting Theory & Things Together: Research with Museum Collections
We also encouraged our members to attend the 10-year anniversary event for the Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology, which has trained so many of our colleagues. The symposium was held in the QRIUS theater at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Last year’s CMA Reception was hosted by the Minneapolis Institute of Art
We were also were hosted by the Minnesota Historical Society for a tour of their ethnographic collections!
CMA Reception 2013
Loyola University Museum of Art, Berkeley, Chicago, Illinois
CMA Museum Tour 2012
Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Berkeley, California
CMA Museum Tour and Reception 2011
McCord Museum, Montreal, Quebec
CMA Museum Tour and Reception 2010
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana