MPMA Affinity and Standing Professional
are groups with a common professional affinity that represent
specific disciplines within the museum profession. They provide
a network for people with common interests and similar professional
positions. Standing Professional Committees (SPCs) are affinity
groups that meet specific requirements to have a vote on the
and SPCs provide MPMA members a chance to gather in
a small group with like-minded professionals who do the same
thing. For example, those who belong to MPMAs NAME (National
Association of Museum Exhibition) meet exhibits designers
and techies from ten different states and find out about their
projects, where they buy exhibit-related items, and what their
opinion is on the latest exhibit issues. MPMAs groups
operate informally and formally, provide a means by which
colleagues can network and discuss issues AND are open to
all MPMA members. Affinity groups typically gather once a
year at MPMAs annual conference and are in contact with
each throughout the year.
Feel free to attend
these groups meetings at the next MPMA conference. You
will find that they are your ticket to getting to know others
around the region who do what you do. For more information,
call or email the contact people listed below to find out
more about the group (or groups) that interests you.
Click on links below
for more information.
Committees and SPCs
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CALL FOR PAPERS
MUSEUM STUDIES/PUBLIC HISTORY STUDENTS AND PROGRAM ADMINISTRATORS
Mountain Plains Museums Association Conference: Taos, New Mexico,
September 18-22, 2006
Deadline: May 15, 2006
Museum Studies and Public History students are asked to submit proposals
for papers to be presented at the 2006 MPMA conference. Accepted papers
will be presented at the Student Forum session, "Year of the Museum:
Professional Training, Past, Present, and Future." Papers may address any
aspect of program training, including research, internship, and applied
projects. Papers focusing on new directions in museum training, the
national theme "Year of the Museum," or on the conference theme " Taos : A
Convergence of Cultures--Past, Present, and Future" are encouraged.
In order to propose a student paper for presentation, please submit the
following: Administrator's name, institutional affilliation, and contact
information (including email); student's name and contact information,
paper title and a one- to two-page abstract, and equipment requests.
Send materials to: Dr. Carolyn Pool, Department of History and Geography,
University of Central Oklahoma , 100 N. University, Edmond , OK 73034 ;
Deadline: The deadline for paper submissions is May 15.
This is an excellent opportunity for students to present a paper at a
regional conference and to meet and visit with professionals in the field.
The session will be sponsored by COMPT, ACUMG, and Emerging Leaders.
Students presenting papers are encouraged to apply for MPMA scholarships
and to pursue funding through their universities