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When Cultures Converge, Doors Open

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Taos is a great place to see and experience the arts, and we’ll make sure you see all of it.

The Mountain-Plains Museums Association Annual Conference comes to Taos, New Mexico, this fall
and what better place to soak up art and culture! New Mexico’s “Land of Enchantment” offers a rich
southwestern cultural legacy amid the striking contrasts of its natural beauty. And it has been for centuries a place where cultures converged, from early man to the Indian cliffdwellers, to the Spanish conquistadors and priests, and finally to the Anglo arrival in the mid-1800s. To this day the Indian, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures mix their cultures, traditions, and talents, and yet they remain distinct. And that mixture will be ever present in MPMA’s conference. There will be sessions devoted to cultural convergence, material culture as well as to the burning museum issues of the day. Illegal antiquities, anyone? You will also be able to participate in unique sessions and workshops: there
will be pottery classes on Taos and Hispanic pottery; a forum on the pending closure of three Indian museums located in the MPMA region; and sessions devoted to Taos history, its alternative ways of living (past and present), and its amazing art collections.

While you are in one of the state’s northernmost cities, we’ll help you take in its architecture and atmosphere as well Find out why so many people feel at peace when visiting New Mexico and why we have chosen as our conference theme, “When Cultures Converge, Doors Open.”

Registration is now open for the conference.  Download a copy of the Preliminary Conference Program and registration form. For the registration form only, scroll down.

Online Registration coming soon!

Speakers at the upcoming conference in Taos:

MPMA's 2006 Program Chairs have been in touch with all speakers about the status of their session proposals.  If you have not been contacted, please contact MPMA ASAP at

Scholarships are available.  Apply by June 23, 2006 (deadline extended)

*Scholarship Form, click here

Forms you can download:

*Preliminary Conference Program  click here

*Registration form only  click here

*Business Participation Guidelines click here

*Speaker Guidelines, click here


Sessions, tours, workshops, late-nite activities, professional gatherings

Click on link for information on Taos:

MPMA’s main conference hotel will be the Sagebrush Inn. Two other hotels are included in the conference discount program, all of which offer reduced room rates to delegates:

Taos is 125 miles north of Albuquerque; 70 miles north of Santa Fe. It is located on US 64 and New Mexico
Highway 68. Driving time to Taos from Albuquerque is approximately 2 hours and 1 hour from Santa Fe.
You will find the drive to Taos a scenic delight and an intriguing introduction to the beauty of Taos Valley.
Click here for information on how to get to Taos


Would you like MPMA to hold its conference in your state?  It's a great way to showcase the museums in your area. Contact us at  RFP proposals are available to present to your local chamber or convention and visitors bureau for consideration.

Thank you to the following supporters that are supporting MPMA’s '05 conference in Omaha, Nebraska. Please have these businesses be your first call!  They are supporting our regional museum community. 

MPMA Business Patron Members have links to to their website* Indicates a MPMA Business Member

MPMA 2005 Conference Sponsors











Conference Sponsors

Nebraska State Historical Society        Bronze Conference Sponsor

*Fentress Bradburn Architects               Awards Banquet Sponsor - Thursday

Henderson Phillips Fine Arts Insurance        New Faces Lunch Sponsor - Thursday   

Anonymous                                                Coffee Break

*Clarke Design                                            Clarke Design Room

Arthur H. Wolf, WOLF Consulting         Tribal Museum Network Meet Up - Tuesday

Smoky Hill Museum / National Agricultural Hall of Fame    Wednesday AM Break

University of Oklahoma / College of Liberal Studies             EdCom Breakfast - Thursday

Exhibit Works, Inc.                                      NAME Breakfast - Friday

Thomas Gilcrease Museum Association   CurCom Breakfast- Friday

Kansas Museums Association                  SMAC Breakfast- Friday

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services / DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge Friday Afternoon Tour

*Oklahoma Historical Society                     PJ Party - Friday

Joslyn Art Museum                                      Transportation

Boys and Girls Town / Hall of History

Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies

Douglas County Historical Society

*Durham Western Heritage Museum

Henry Doorly Zoo

Lauritzen Botanical Gardens

Nebraska Museums Association

Omaha Children's Museum



American Association of Museums

ARTworks of Kansas City

Boss Display Corporation

*Clarke Design               

*Collections Research for Museums

Colorado Wyoming Association of Museums

Donning Company Publishers

*Exhibit Associates, Inc.

*Fentress Bradburn Architects

Heartland Scenic Studio, Inc.

Hollinger Corporation

*Huntington T. Block Insurance Agency, Inc.

*IBT Media Group

Institute of Museum & Library Services

Leo A. Daly     

Manask & Associates

Midwest Storage Solutions, Inc.       

*Mountain Press Publishing Company   

Moving Stills Productions

*Museumscapes, Inc.

Nebraska State Historical Society

Nebraska Museums Association         

*Orinda Group, LLC

*OutSource IT

Pacific Studio

Pastime Software Company, Inc.

*Quatrefoil Associates

*Ride Into History                   

Sennheiser Electronic Corporation                  

Ship Art Denver, Inc.                 

*Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions                 

*Steel Fixtures Mfg. Company

The Steier Group, Inc.                 

Sunshine Services

US Art Company

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services / DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge       

*University of Oklahoma / College of Liberal Studies

Voltek, LLC

*Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts

*Willis Insurance Services of California, Inc.        



ARTworks of Kansas City

*Collections Research for Museums

Columbia University Digital Knowledge Ventures

Exhibit Works, Inc.

Explus, Incorporated

Heartland Scenic Studio   

La Paglia & Associates Llc             

Leo A. Daly   

Manask   & Associates

MBA Design & Display Products Corp                 

*Mountain Press Publishing Company, Inc.

Rand Graphics

Sennheiser Electronic Corporation                

*Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions

The Steier Group, Inc.   

Sunshine Services

Voltek, LLC   






List of 2005 Conference Sponsors, Exhibitors, Advertisers:  See Below

2005 MPMA Conference



The Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA)

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Mountain-Plains Museums Association
7110 West David Drive, Littleton, Colorado 80128-5404
303.979.9358 Phone | 303.979.3553 Fax