• 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


    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:






    Dr. Eileen Johnson, Chair

    Director, Lubbock Lake Landmark

    Director of Academic and Curatorial Programs

    Chair, Museum Science

    Horn Professor of Museum Science

    Museum of Texas Tech University

    Box 43191

    Lubbock, Texas  79409-3191

    telephone:  806-742-2442

    e-mail:  eileen.johnson@ttu.edu


  • HSHAG - Historic Sites and Houses Affinity Group

    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.


    Barbara Judkins, Chair

    Site Manager

    Starr Family Home SHS

    Curator of Exhibits and Collections

    407 West Travis

    Marshall, TX  75670

    903-935-3044 work


  • IPAG - Independent Professionals Affinity Group

    IPAG (Independent Professionals Affinity Group)

    Independent Professionals Affinity Group (IPAG) provides a mechanism within TAM for the consideration and exchange of experience, concerns, and support among members who categorize themselves as independent professionals. Such a network allows TAM to retain the wisdom and experience of members who do not work as employees for an institution.


    Erin McClelland, Chair

    Independent Practitioner

    12002 Rosethorn Drive

    Austin, Texas 78758

    512/694-3221 cell



  • 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.


    Stephanie Price, Chair

    Marketing & Communications Manager, Panhandle-Plains

    Historical Museum

    2503 4th Avenue

    Canyon, TX  79015



  • 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.


    Daniel Schlegel, Jr.


    Scurry County Museum

    6200 College Avenue

    Snyder, TX  79549



  • TAM DIVCOM - TAM Diversity Committee

    Texas Association of Museums Diversity Committee (TAM DIVCOM) encourages diversity and inclusion among staff members of museums and cultural institutions in the Texas region. The goal of TAM DIVCOM is to provide a platform for networking, professional development, education and the retention of industry professionals of diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and cultural diversity.


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


    Jada Wright-Green, Chair


    Heritage Salon Magazine

    19202 Springerton Circle

    Spring, TX 77373

    313-378-6946 work


  • 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


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