Facts and History About VCAM

History:
VCAM is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) corporation founded in Toronto, Ontario in November 1952, incorporated in 1976. It is the only organization established solely for and run by art museum volunteers for the mutual education of volunteers and staff through conferences and all forms of communication including social media. Thousands of volunteers serve art museums in Canada, the United States and around the world in many capacities.
Membership:
Two voting delegates from each of the current Museum Volunteer Organizations.
Requirements:
VCAM is open to volunteer committees of visual arts museums. The committee is the member of VCAM and the representative of its museum. Museums of all sizes, including those on university campuses, in large cities and small towns, in historic settings, and those specializing in different cultures enjoy the VCAM commitment to serve their constituencies.
Purpose:
The purpose of VCAM is mutual education by communication among member committees and is an internationally recognized resource for innovative ideas in producing a revenue stream and information exchange on recruiting and retaining volunteers, community outreach programs, youth involvement, and adapting the needs of today’s society. This helps volunteers to maximize their contributions of time and expertise to their museums.
Conference:
The VCAM Conference rotates among the committee members museums.

Past Conferences and Locations

Founded in 1952Toronto
1956St. Louis
1959San Francisco
1962Boston
1964Chicago
1967Montreal
1970Los Angeles
1973Baltimore
1976Minneapolis
1979Atlanta
1982Ottawa
1985Phoenix
1988Richmond
1991Indianapolis
1994New Orleans
1997Philadelphia
2000Detroit
2003Toronto
2006San Francisco
2009Kansas City
2012Cleveland
2015Richmond