After careful consideration and given the unfolding outbreak of COVID-19, the North Carolina Museums Council (NCMC) board has concluded that the NCMC Annual Meeting in Rocky Mount, NC cannot go on as planned. This decision, as participants surely understand, was not made lightly. We made this decision with the health and physical safety of our attendees, volunteers, and vendors foremost in our minds.
Here is the latest information around the conference:
We want to share with you some of the specific consequences and implications of this decision for NCMC. Cancelation at this point has real financial implications for NCMC. In addition to lost revenues, we face substantial penalties associated with contractual obligations to our partners. These costs will necessitate hard decisions concerning our endowment and operating budget, as well as the assumption of debt, all of which will have consequences for NCMC moving forward. The NCMC board chose to cancel the conference because, despite the severity of the financial consequences, the health and well-being of our conference participants and the city of Rocky Mount outweighed these concerns. We ask that you bear with us as the impacts of the cancelation become clearer and we consider how best to ensure the financial health of NCMC. The program and local arrangements committees approached their work with creativity, enthusiasm, and skill, as they crafted an engaging program for this year’s conference.
We will all miss the opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues and to make new ones. We recognize that many of you will have questions. Please bear with us as we go through this process. We hope to address your questions and concerns in forthcoming communication.
Yours in museums,
North Carolina Museums Council