MPMA is a regional museum organization that puts you in touch
instantly with colleagues located in ten states that are near
to you. It provides you easy access to great variety.
A regional organization makes it possible for you to meet
many exhibits designers, directors, curators, techies, deputies,
registrars, volunteer coordinators, tribal leaders, educators,
students, evaluators, etc., who may be from your state or
a different one that is close by.
Your regional contacts will lead to a greater variety of
loan possibilities and information sharing.
While meeting people from all over the region, you will also
get to enjoy smaller venues where you can really develop friendships
and share ideas.
MPMA has many membership opportunities, all tailored to your
MPMAs E-News Service will keep you current on breaking
news stories and issues relating to the museum industry. This
is one of MPMA's most popular membership benefits.
Keep uptodate on what's happening to museums, your colleagues as well as jobs opening up around the region. MPMAs bi-monthly newsletter will keep you current on national issues affecting the museum field. In addition, you may contribute articles or post current information about you and your museum (Note: this is a great way to get known in the region).
One of the most talked about professional training venues
in the region, MPMAs conference is attended by museum
professionals from all over the region and has outstanding
keynote speakers from around the country. You'll benefit from
the diversity of experiences, disciplines and viewpoints found
in the professional development sessions. You'll also benefit
from valuable affinity groups, an extensive exhibit hall where
you'll see the latest museum products and services, a lively
late-nite bar meeting and exciting social events and tours.
here for information about MPMA's Conference
You will have access to MPMAs job bank which lists
job announcements, internships and job seekers from the region
here for MPMA's Job Bank
MPMA's Institutional members receive deep discounts on products used in museums.
You will have access to MPMAs network of over 700 professionals
affiliated with the region's museums and businesses serving
the museum community. You'll hear about current ideas and
concerns and you will come to know whos who in the field
and who has the answers you seek. You will also find a supportive
group of professionals who are doing the same things you are!
Affinity and SPC Committees
MPMAs eleven affinities and SPCs will provide you with
a small group of like-minded professionals doing the same
thing you do. Affinities meet at MPMAs conference and
communicate throughout the year. They provide forums for sharing
concerns and ideas. MPMA members may join any of these groups.
MPMAs newest affinity group is the Emerging Leaders
Affinity for students and those new to the museum profession.
It joins MPMAs other affinities:
ACUMG - CARE - COMPT - CURCOM - EMERGING LEADERS EDCOM
- NAME - RC-MPMA - SMAC - TRIBAL MUSEUM NETWORK - VOLUNTEER
here for more information about these affinity groups and
how to join
MPMAs Mentor Program pairs emerging museum professionals
with experienced museum professionals. Once a match is made,
then the mentoring program is tailored to your needs and interests.
here for information on MPMA's Mentor Program
MPMAs Board members and its State Representatives will
voice your concerns to the organization's governing board
which establishes policy and actions for MPMA. Your issues
can also be heard on a national level because MPMA represents
the mountain and plains section of the country at the American
Association of Museums' Council of Regional Associations.
This group advises AAM on issues from the field. You can also
get involved in one of MPMAs affiliate committees -
a great way to meet people, share ideas, and contribute to
the museum profession.
Click here to join MPMA (pdf of membership brochure)
here to join MPMA (Word .doc file)
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