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

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: [email protected]

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
[email protected]

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
[email protected]

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
[email protected]

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
[email protected]

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
[email protected]

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
[email protected]