Nov 17th

Museum Assessment Program (MAP) Workshop: What’s in it for Your Museum?

2:30 – 4:30 PM

The MAP program, sponsored by the American Alliance for Museums (AAM) and the Institute for Museum & Library Services (IMLS) provides a grant funded program to help museums of all sizes look critically at an area of your choosing: general operations, education and interpretation, board governance, collections stewardship, community and audience engagement. 

Presented by:

Greta Brunschwyler – Executive Director
Millicent Rogers Museum

Karrie Porter Brace – Curator
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

Zoom Happy Hour

5:30 PM

Hosted by:

The New Mexico Chapter of Emerging Museum Professionals


Nov 18th

Casual Networking Session

9:30 – 10:15 AM

The Museum is Community

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

This session offered by the Poeh Cultural Center will present the work of the cultural center during the pandemic and the ways that they have reinforced community health and wellness through humanities programming and community outreach. 

Presented by:

Stephen Fadden (Akwesasne Mohawk) – Programming Director
Poeh Cultural Center

Lynda Romero (Pojoaque Pueblo) – Collections Manager
Poeh Cultural Center

Mindy Little Yellow Bird (Pojoaque Pueblo) – Librarian
Poeh Cultural Center

Macario Gutierrez (Pojoaque Pueblo) – Archives Manager
Poeh Cultural Center

Accessing Language and Culturally Diverse Communities

1:30 – 3:00 PM

Dr. Lois Meyer and two skilled international doctoral student translators from UNM will present research on ways in which museums’ language use and featured content are limiting public participation in humanities programs, how translation can help to welcome broader and more diverse audiences, and a new cultural equity initiative in response to Yazzie-Martinez v. the State of New Mexico and its relevance to museums. 

Presented by:

Lois Meyer, PhD – Professor Emerita, Dept. of Language, Literacy & Sociocultural Studies

Hyun Here Bae – UNM Graduate Student and Translator

Mario del Angel Guevara – UNM Graduate Student and Translator

Cross-Cutting Science and the Humanities

3:30 – 5:00 PM

Dr. Carla Sinopoli, Director of UNM’s Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, will introduce UNM’s new NSF-funded Museum Research Training program and moderate a discussion about cross-cutting science to humanities and museums as repositories of irreplaceable collections, centers of knowledge production and sites for university teaching with representatives from UNM’s science museums of Southwest Biology, Paleontology, Meteorites, and Anthropology.

Presented by:

Carla Sinopoli, PhD – Director, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology


Nov 19th

Casual Networking Session

9:30 – 10:15 AM

Museums at the Heart of Educational Reform: Sharing Resources for Project-Based Learning with National History Day

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

National History Day ( is a nationwide, year-long program where students use primary source research, analysis, and critical thinking skills to develop a history-based project and present it to adult judges through a series of contests. Heather McClenahan, the coordinator of the statewide NHD contest and former director of the Los Alamos Historical Society, will discuss avenues museums can support NHD students and how history engagement can improve educational achievement. 

Presented by:

Heather McClenahanNational History Day Coordinator
New Mexico Humanities Council

Discovering New Mexico’s 

LGBTQ+ History

1:30 – 3:00 PM

Until recently LGBTQ+ history and cultural heritage has been ignored by museums and largely hidden from view. Hannah Abelbeck, New Mexico History Museum Photo Archivist, and Michael Reyes, Assistant Registrar, New Mexico Museum of Art, will address what archivists are doing to build LGBTQ+ collections through community engagement to bring this aspect of the humanities to light for public audiences and to create an understanding of history and culture that is more diverse and inclusive. 

Presented by:

Hannah Abelbeck – Photo Archivist
New Mexico History Museum

Michael Reyes – Assistant Registrar
New Mexico Museum of Art

NMAM 2021 Annual Business Meeting

3:30 – 4:30 PM

All conference participants are encouraged to attend the NMAM business meeting, learn about 2021 NMAM Board elections, and hear an announcement from the host community for the 2022 in-person conference!

Thank you to our sponsors!


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