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TAM 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting Call for Proposals!

April 13-16, 2020 | Bryan-College Station, TX

Session proposals are due by June 20, 2019!

Planning for the fiftieth anniversary of the annual meeting is currently underway! This premier three-day conference offers a growing audience of museum professionals the chance to learn from authorities in the field who hail from around Texas and across the country. We are currently searching for high-quality sessions and speakers to present at the event. Every session and workshop presented at the TAM Annual Meeting comes from a proposal submitted by our members.

We are especially seeking ideas within the following functional areas: Administration (A), Collections Management (C), Education (E), Exhibitions (EX), External Relations (R), and Leadership Management (L).

Proposals will be reviewed by the TAM program committee and selected based on their strength and relevance to the field. Sessions that include panelists from several museums and provide a variety of viewpoints are preferred. Panelists from outside the museum field who are relevant to the proposed topic are encouraged, but not required (i.e., an executive from a for-profit marketing company in a session on museum marketing).

 

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TAM Thanks Our Annual Meeting Exhibitors!

 

Building Four Fabrication, LLC - Booth 15            

Full-service custom fabrication company specializing in exhibits, graphics, displays, artwork, signage, furniture, interactives, mount-making, scenic art and all manner of interior and exterior environments. Jen Holbrook Sells | media@buildingfour.com | 404.551.4450 | buildingfour.com Rudy Rocha | rudy@buildingfour.com | 512.215.4718 | buildingfour.com

 

Capital Spectrum, Inc - Booth 10

You imagine it, we produce it. CSI has been helping clients build their brands for more than 78 years. From full service prepress, digital and off-set printing and direct mail, to fulfillment and inventory warehouse, promotional products and more, CSI delivers the highest quality printed materials quickly and affordably. Known for superior customer service, CSI meets all of your organization’s packaging, commercial print and mail needs. Vance Sack | vsack@capspec.com |  512.422.2663  |  csiprinting.com | James F. Adame  |  jadame@capspec.com  |  512.484.0785  | csiprinting.com

 

Delta Designs Ltd. - Booth 5                                                                                                                           

Delta Designs specializes in the custom designs, professional manufacture and personal installation of quality museum storage equipment. Our products meet the highest standards of conservation practice for historical artifacts, art objects, textiles, scientific specimens and archival materials. Peter Doucette | pdoucette@deltadesignsltd.com | 785.234.2244 ext.220 | deltadesignsltd.com

 

Dynalink Technologies, LLC - Booth 7                                

Dynalink Technologies LLC is the creator of @box, which provides App-less Wi-Fi digital experience at your museum. Loong Hai Tam | ltam@dynalinktechnologies.com | 832.444.4173 | dynalink.tech

 

Exhibit Concepts, Inc - Booth 20

Since 1978, Exhibit Concepts, Inc. has cultivated an outstanding reputation for producing, installing and maintaining exhibitry of the highest quality for interpretive facilities, museums and visitor centers throughout the United States. Exhibit Concepts, Inc. is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). Steven Lowry | slowry@exhibitconcepts.com | 937.478.7366 | exhibitconcepts.com/museum-exhibitions

 

Experience Bryan-College station - Booth d 

The TAM 2020 Annual Meeting will be held in Bryan-College Station. Stop by to learn about this incredible destination and start making plans for next year’s conference! Jo Beth Wolfe | jobeth@experienceBCS.com | 979.260.9898 | experiencebcs.com

 

Gaylord Archival - booth 2 

Visit Gaylord Archival to see the innovative Frank Showcase System! Let us help you bring your exhibit to life with our unparalleled selection of cases, as well as everything you need to prepare, install, display and protect your collections. We carry a comprehensive selection of preservation and conservation materials. Looking for something specific? We offer unlimited options for customization. Parrish Lewis | parrish.lewis@gaylord.com | 800.448.6160 | gaylord.com

 

Higginbotham - Booth A                                                                                                                                   

Thousands of companies and individuals across Texas and South Central U.S. trust Higginbotham’s Single Source solution for insurances and financial services. We have more than 30 offices in Texas, Oklahoma City and Atlanta to serve your regional and global insurance needs, whether they’re for your business, employees or family. Our size ranks us among the largest independent brokers in the nation, yet our local concentration keeps us accessible. Joy Simpson | jsimpson@higginbotham.net | 817.881.4196 | Higginbotham.net

 

Humanities Texas - booth 1 

Humanities Texas is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Our mission is to advance heritage, culture, and education through programs that improve the quality of classroom teaching, support libraries and museums, and create opportunities for lifelong learning for all Texans. Visit our booth to learn more about grants, traveling exhibitions, and other public programs. Brandi Carnes | bcarnes@humanitiestexas.org | 512.440.1991 | humanitiestexas.org Melissa Huber | mhuber@humanitiestexas.org | 512.440.1991 | humanitiestexas.org

 

keepthinking - Booth 17                                                                                                                                  

keepthinking offers innovative content and collections management software solutions, as well as design and development of web and mobile applications. We conceive beautiful interfaces, combined with solid technology and strong usability and accessibility principles, to help our customers manage and present their information and engage with their audiences. Claire Afford | c.afford@keepthinking.it | 724.822.7827 | keepthinking.it

 

Lucchese - Booths 12 & 13                                                                                                        

Lucchese Boot Company is headquartered in El Paso and has been proudly handmaking boots in Texas since 1883. Crafted only with the finest leathers, unrivaled materials and a proprietary twisted cone last, Lucchese constructs boots of exceptional quality, fit, comfort and style. A Lucchese artisan bootmaker will be on-site during the conference demonstrating the art of boot making and selling a variety of items from the Lucchese collection, including mens and womens boots. Mario Vega | mvega@lucchese-inc.com | 915.778.3066 | lucchese.com

 

Martin&Martin - Booth 8                                                                                                                                   

Martin&Martin Design is a comprehensive Museum Services company providing all your Installation, Transportation, Packing, Crating, Shipping, Storage, Sculpture Rigging and Mountmaking services for art and artifact collections. Additionally, we provide Architectural Lighting Design and Museum Exhibition Design services from Concept to Design to Fabrication and Installation. We are visual, three-dimensional storytellers that combine sound research and interpretive development with creative, engaging and technology-driven exhibits. Monte Martin | monte@martinandmartindesign.com | 214.252.0692 | martinandmartindesign.com

 

MBA Design & Display Products - Booth 18 

MBA mila-wall is a cost effective and sustainable modular wall system ideal for changing exhibition spaces, traveling exhibits and multi-purpose areas. Flexible design, easy installation and storage. Mark Fireoved | mfireoved@mba-usa.com | 800.635.7386 | mbawalls.com

 

Mid-America Arts Alliance - booth 9

Mid-America Arts Alliance is committed to bringing first-class arts experiences to audiences throughout the United States through two traveling exhibition programs, ExhibitsUSA and NEH on the Road. We believe that art should extend beyond major cities, and through our traveling exhibitions, we bring traditional Bedouin artifacts and art to Little Rock, Arkansas, or photographs by indigenous American artists to Palmer, Alaska. We provide museum-quality curation, preparation, shipping and artworks to audiences that are urban and rural, remote and well connected. Sarah Garten | sgarten@maaa.org | 816.421.1388 | maaa.org Margaret Keough | margaret@maaa.org | 816.421.1388 | maaa.org

 

Museum arts - booth 16

Our team specializes in exhibit design, fabrication, and installation. We combine exceptional talent, the latest technology, and broad industry knowledge to create exhibits that uniquely communicate our customer’s messages. We are master storytellers, and your unique message drives our creative process. Your story will be communicated in ways that WOW visitors, create a sense of anticipation and discovery, and make learning fun. We bring your story to life! Steven Finley | stevefinley@museumarts.net |  972.310.7520 |  museumarts.net Phillip Paramore | philparamore@museumarts.net | 214.357.5644 | museumarts.net

 

Quatrefoil associates - booth 3

We create inspiring museum experiences through collaboration and a multidisciplinary design approach. A full-service design/build firm, Quatrefoil’s capabilities include master planning and fundraising support; design services from concept through final design including graphics and detailing; content development; interactives and multimedia development, prototyping, design and production; and specialty fabrication and installation. We’re celebrating our 30th anniversary in 2019. Check out our projects at www.quatrefoil.com and visit us in our booth at TAM 2019 in El Paso. Michael Fetters | mfetters@quatrefoil.com | 571.262.1188 | quatrefoil.com

 

Re:discovery software - booth 4                                                                 

With a Proficio museum and archival collections management system you will find your daily tasks are simplified, whether it’s data entry, updating, searching, reporting or researching. You can also use our Web Module to share the collection online! We are more than just a Collection Management Software company. We are a team of museum and archives professionals and top-notch software engineers. Your system will be supported and upgraded. Seamless conversions and Cloud hosting are available. Brandy Adams | brandy@rediscov.com | 434.975.3256 | rediscoverysoftware.com

 

Southwest Solutions group - booth 21                                                                                     

Whether you are concerned about the deterioration of your collections from unnecessary exposure to light and dust, or harmful insects and rodents, we have the appropriate Museum Cabinets and Storage Solutions to properly protect your stored collections. Our wide range of museum cabinets and storage solutions include museum cabinets, art racks, and moveable compact storage shelving. Safely and efficiently store your specimens, books, manuscripts, paintings, framed artwork, garments, textiles, or heavy oversized items. Matthew Howell | areed@southwessolutions.com | 972.250.1970 | southwestsolutions.com

 

Texas Association of museums - booth c                                                                                   

TAM recently cleared out its bookshelves and YOU reap the benefits! Check out a variety of books for sale, buy raffle tickets, learn more about TAM membership opportunities and purchase tickets to join TAM for the El Paso Chihuahua’s baseball game on Friday night! All purchases can be made at the registration booth, once selections have been made.

 

The Donning Company publishers - booth 19                                                                            

The Donning Company Publishers offers research, editing, design, printing, shipping, and marketing services to nonprofit and for-profit organizations. We can locate authors or work with those chosen by our customers. For more information, please contact us at nathan.stufflebean@donning.com or 1-800-369-2646, ext. 3377. You may also visit our website, www.donning.com Ed Williams | ed.williams@donning.com | 615.476.8707 | donning.com

 

ThinkProxi - booth 6                                                                                                                   

ThinkProxi is an easily adaptable digital marketing and interactive platform with beacon technology for museums, attractions, festivals and venues, to interact with their customers by combining the latest technology with geographic landscapes. Proximity is the core of our business and the future of the physical web. Our sophisticated apps can track behavior as well as numbers of visitors, benefiting both the business and the visitor. Visitors can interact digitally with every micro-location within a museum/attraction. This type of collaboration between visitor and attraction leads to innovative opportunities to interact and understand visitors, as well as builds loyalty, repeat visits and greater spending per visitor. You can experience our product firsthand by downloading the TAM 2019 smart phone app to maximize your conference experience. If you have any questions or need support with the app, please visit our booth and one of our knowledgeable ThinkProxi team members will be ready to assist. Billy Sprague | billy@thinkproxi.com | 727.686.0097 | thinkproxi.com

 

Tour-Mate Systems - booth 11                                                                                                

Tour-Mate is a leading provider of audio and multimedia interpretive solutions. From hand held audio and multimedia platforms, to mobile applications utilizing the latest technology, to group guided systems for group tours and eco-friendly outdoor solutions. Tour-Mate also creates award winning content in any language, including tours that address accessibility, so let Tour-Mate tell your story! Tour-Mate has systems installed at over 800 attractions in North America and abroad, including Museums, Historic Sites, Aquariums, Parks, Gardens, Trails and more. Roya Dostzadah | rdostzadah@tourmate.com | 416.639.5654 | tourmate.com

 

Vault Fine Art Services llc - booth 14                                                                                     

Vault is stewards of high value art collections. We provide discrete full-service fine art management, including complex installations and storage. Robert Boland | robert@vaultfas.com | 512.917.7186 | vaultfas.com

 

Visit El Paso Hospitality booth - booth b 

¡Bienvenidos! Want to know where to find the best margarita or world famous nachos in the Sun City? Need help navigating through the Convention Center? Want to know how to catch our new Streetcar up to the Entertainment District? You’ve come to the right place! Our Visitor Information Specialists will be on hand in the Visit El Paso booth to help with any questions you might have. We’ll have maps, eats & drinks guides and our newest Visitor Guide on hand to cover anything and everything El Paso. And if you lose a button or have a pesky paper cut, we’ve got you covered. Come by and see us! Diana Thornton | dthornton@destinationelpaso.com | 915.534.0600 | visitelpaso.com

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Museum Services Wants to Hear from You!

Museum Services is conducting a survey to better understand how we can improve the services and resources we provide to museums and other cultural service organizations. If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes (less than ten) to complete the survey. We would like to know both how you currently use our services and what training and resources you would find it useful for us to provide in the future.

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Texas Library Association Annual Conference Museum & Archives Education Day

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The TAM Office Has Moved

The Texas Association of Museums’ office has moved to Austin, effective January 1, 2019. TAM is now a hybrid of a home office and a co-working space in downtown Austin. Although the website, phone number, and fax number will remain the same, please update TAM’s mailing address in your files to:
Texas Association of Museums
815A Brazos Street, #537
Austin, TX 78741
Why is the TAM relocating?
To better serve our vast statewide membership, TAM has become a virtual office with a home base in Austin. Becoming a remote office and relocating to central Texas enables TAM to strengthen our relationship with other state organizations, allow for a decentralized office that can travel throughout the state, and serve as a more convenient physical location for workshops and board meetings. 
How will this move affect my membership?
Memberships will not be affected by this move. However, members will need to update their records with the new mailing address. We are working on securing a shared workspace in downtown Austin to take face to face meetings. 
When is the TAM office move taking place?
TAM’s new executive director, Alex Freeman, is based in Austin and he secured a new mailing address in Austin on December 12, 2018, and will rent a shared workspace in downtown Austin in 2019 along with working from a home office. The lease agreement for 101 Summit Ave, Ste 802 in Ft. Worth ended on January 31, 2019. Mail began to be forwarding to the 815A Brazos St, #537 address prior to January 31. 

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