Affinity Groups


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
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress Street
Abilene, TX 79601
325-673-4587 work
325-513-3259 cell

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:


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

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.

Currently seeking leadership. If interested, please email

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

MELT - Museum Emerging Leaders of Texas

Museum Emerging Leaders of Texas (MELT) affinity group serves TAM members in the early years of their museum careers by encouraging involvement in TAM, providing educational opportunities for career development, and creating networking opportunities that allow members to develop professional relationships with other emerging leaders and established professionals.

Madeleine Calcote, Chair
Executive Director
Museum of North Texas History
720 Indiana Avenue
Wichita Falls, TX 76302
940-322-7628 x 10

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

TAMEC - TAM Educators’ Committee

TAM Educators’ Committee (TAMEC) encourages a spirit of cooperation--through trainings, 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