2018 Annual Conference
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. Taoseños 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.