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AAA Receptions and Events

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.

Information about the 2021 AAA meeting will posted on the AAA website. CMA Members Reception information to follow.

Annual CMA Reception:

The 2019 reception was hosted by the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver, BC.

The 2018 reception was hosted by the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.

The 2017 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.


2016 Meeting

In 2016, our 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!


2015 Meeting

Pre-2015 Meetings

Honoring outgoing CMA President Alex Barker at the 2012 CMA Reception.

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

Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh, Jim Enote, and Alex Barker at the CMA reception, New Orleans Pharmacy Museum