New Mexico Association of Museums

2018 Annual Conference

Trailblazing: New Pathways for New Mexico Museums

Taos, New Mexico

October 24-27, 2018


If you have not been to an Annual Conference for the New Mexico Association of Museums, then this is the one to come to.  This year’s conference will not only focus on cross-sector collaboration and institutional partnerships but also promises to be a magical experience. How many conferences of other associations have you attended at an award winning luxury resort and spa that you can afford? Come for the conference, stay for the weekend.

This year’s theme, Trailblazing: New Pathways for New Mexico Museums will inspire our exploration of how museums, historic sites, and cultural heritage centers in New Mexico are innovating and fulfilling roles in their communities, as tourist destinations, economic engines, repositories of local histories, and centers of community life. In Taos, among some of the natural wonders of the world, at the meeting place of the High Desert and the Great Plains, from the heights of Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Wheeler Peak, and Taos Ski Valley, to the depths of the Rio Grande Gorge, museum professionals and community partners will share successful approaches to cross-cultural and cross-sector collaborations. 

For much of its history, Taos has been a remote trade outpost and a cultural crossroads whose influence has spread across the West and beyond. TaoseƱos have learned to work together for their very survival, and have forged a unique cultural identity from diverse lineages, including the people of Taos Pueblo, Spanish settlers, French trappers, Basque herders, Anglo artists, counterculture adventurers, and others who have followed in their footsteps. Today, their pioneering spirit is reflected across New Mexico as museums, cultural organizations, local governments, schools, and other seemingly unlikely stakeholders collaborate toward a common goal . . . vibrant and sustainable communities.



Join the NMAM Board!

NMAM is seeking interested and energetic members to fill vacancies in the NMAM Board. Newly elected officers will take office in January 2019 and serve 2 years. Officers are elected by the general membership and announced in November during the Annual Conference. All Members in good standing are eligible for nomination as officers of the Association. The Board meets monthly either through a teleconference or a meeting at various sites. Nominees should be able to attend the majority of these meetings.

Positions available are: President, Second Vice-President, Secretary, Newsletter Editor, Northeast Regional Representative, Central Regional Representative, and Southwest Regional Representative.

If you would like to nominate a member in good standing (including yourself!) to hold one of these offices, please send an email or letter listing the position you are interested in, a headshot, and a brief bio outlining your background and interest in the position. For more information about serving, visit our by-laws page or contact Adrienne Boggs. Nominations are due to the Nominating Committee no later than Monday, September 14, 2018.

Call for Scholarship Applicants

The 2018 Annual Conference is right around the corner and this year NMAM is offering up to 6 scholarship to help offset the cost of the conference!

The NMAM Scholarship Program provides up to three $400 scholarships and three registration-only scholarships available to students, volunteers, and emerging museum professionals whose attendance at the conference will benefit their future involvement in the museum field. 

Application deadline is September 14, 2018.


Call for Hewett & Volunteer Awards Nominations

The call for nominations for the 2018 Hewett and Volunteer of the Year awards is now open!

Volunteer of the Year: In 2012, NMAM established the Volunteer of the Year Award. Nominees demonstrate exceptional commitment to their organization and a commitment to civic engagement. The Award honors those who serve as leaders and role models in their communities.   

Hewett Award: The Hewett Award is made to a person or organization whose actions exemplify leadership or service to the New Mexico museum community. Recipients do not have to be members of NMAM or work in the museum industry to be considered.

Honorees will be recognized during the 2018 Annual Meeting in Taos. If you would like to nominate someone from your organization or someone who has made a significant contribution to the museum community, please complete one of the attached forms and email it to Adrienne T Boggs.

All nominations must be received by 5:00pm Friday, September 14, 2018.



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