Affinity Groups

WHAT IS AN AFFINITY GROUP?

Affinity Groups are special interest groups for art museums, curators, educators, collection managers, natural history staff, and outdoor museums. You will intersect with and gain information from these key job-related groups. You will work to advance the mutual concerns and interests of these professional societies.

AAG - Art Affinity Group

The Art Affinity Group (AAG) supports professionals in the Texas museum community and arts/cultural community who work with art or artists on a regular basis.

Rebecca Bridges, Chair
Executive Director
The Center for Contemporary Arts
220 Cypress Street
Abilene, TX 79601
325.677.8389 work
325-513-3259 cell
Email: director@center-arts.com

CMC - Collection Managers Committee

Texas collections managers, registrars and professionals in related fields come together in the Collections Managers Committee (CMC) to learn and promote the highest standards in their field, to network together, and to cooperate in creating the highest quality collections care for Texas museums.

CMC Website: http://cmc-tam.weebly.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tamcollectionmanagers/

Angela Pfeiffer, Chair
Regional Collections Manager
Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site
Texas Historical Commission
P.O. Box 696
West Columbia, Texas 77486
P: 979-345-4656 x23
Email: Angela.Pfeiffer@thc.texas.gov

HSHAG - Historic Sites and Houses Affinity Group

Historic Sites and Houses Affinity Group (HSHAG) is dedicated to promoting the awareness and preservation of Texas museums in historic structures and offering our members opportunities for networking, sharing of ideas and professional development.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3851504501612296 

Alysha Richardson, Co-chair
Site Manager
Sam Bell Maxey State Historic Site
812 South Church Street, Paris, Texas 75460
Phone: +1 903 785 5716
Email: Alysha.Richardson@thc.texas.gov 

Steve Baird, Co-chair

Chief Historian
Klein Historical Foundation

Email: sbaird1@kleinisd.net

M&M - Marketing/PR and Media

Marketing/PR and Media Affinity Group (M&M) functions as a marketing/pr “think tank” for furthering museums as a form of education and entertainment. Targeted to museum professionals with responsibility for communications, M&M encourages members to share ideas and brainstorm new marketing and media avenues. The group provides a safe environment for members to offer insights into successes and failures of efforts in their communities.

Currently seeking leadership. If interested, please email admin@texasmuseums.org

MELT - Museum Emerging Leaders of Texas

Museum Emerging Leaders of Texas (MELT) is a group of museum professionals, archivists, conservationists, and library science professionals who are just out of college and breaking into the career field, are transitioning to the museum field from another career, or who have been in the field for only a few years.  The group offers support and networking opportunities for these professionals through quarterly meetings, webinars and workshops, and an active social media presence.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/622271388245782 

Madeleine Calcote, Co-Chair
Executive Director
Museum of North Texas History
720 Indiana Avenue
Wichita Falls, TX 76302
940-322-7628 x 101
Email: director@museumofnorthtexashistory.org

Kayte Ricketts, Co-Chair
Education Coordinator

Bell County Museum

201 N. Main
Belton, TX 76513
254-933-5741
Email: kayte.ricketts@bellcounty.texas.gov

IDEA - Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Access

Texas Association of Museums Diversity Committee (IDEA) encourages diversity and inclusion among staff members of museums and cultural institutions in the Texas region. 

IDEA is an outgrowth of the Affinity Group formerly known as the Multicultural Initiatives Committee.

Kheli Willetts, Chair
Professional Development Director
Mid America Arts Alliance 
3300 Lyons Avenue Suite 305
Houston, TX 77020
(816) 421-1388 ext.229
Email: kheli@maaa.org 

TAMEC - TAM Educators’ Committee

TAM Educators’ Committee (TAMEC) encourages a spirit of cooperation--through training, workshops, and networking between all museum educators and our colleagues from other disciplines in order to create the best possible museum educational experiences.

Erin Whitmore, Chair
Education Director
The Old Jail Art Center
201 South Second Street
Albany, Texas 76430
325-762-2269 work
Email: education@theoldjailartcenter.org

TAMEL - TAM Executive Leaders

TAM Executive Leaders Committee (TAMEL) provides a forum for support, collaboration, sharing, and benefit for Texas museum leaders with the goal of creating a more vibrant, sustainable museum community in Texas. Executive leaders who run a museum organization are invited to participate. These include Presidents, CEOs, and Directors. 

Carol Rehtmeyer, Chair
President and CEO
Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History
1900 N. Chaparral Street
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
361-826-4667 work
Email: carolr@ccmuseum.com

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