Warmest greetings from the Tennessee Association of Museums! On behalf of the board of directors, I hope this letter finds your museum ending 2014 on a high note! And, what a year it has been!
For TAM, the year began in historic Greeneville, where the local museums went above and beyond to roll out a “green carpet” for our 54th Annual Conference and its 135 attendees. We continue to hear of meaningful collaborations and partnerships that took root during those three days of networking and professional development and hope you are making plans now to join us in Jackson, March 18-20, 2015!
A true milestone for TAM in 2014 was being invited to participate in Museums United, a national convening of state museum associations hosted by the American Association of Museums and the Institute for Museums and Library Services. Being able to interact with other state museum association leaders provided an invaluable sounding board for new programs and examples of strategic growth. The meeting also reinforced in our minds how fortunate we are to work in a state with an active, member-engaged museum association!
To that end, please know the all-volunteer TAM Board of Directors has been working hard to care for its core programs, such as the annual conference, the TAM Awards, and the TAM Scholarships; institute new initiatives, such as the TAM individual reciprocal membership program; and plan for the organization’s growth by exploring new corporate and community partnerships.
Throughout its more than 50 year existence, TAM has relied primarily upon membership fees and earned income from the annual conference to maintain the organization. It is clear, though, that TAM’s charge is not to maintain the museum industry in our state but to advance it! In that spirit, I would like to invite you to be among the inaugural donors to the TAM Fund!
In its first year, it is our hope the donations reflect diverse participation and demonstrate broad commitment to Tennessee’s museums. For fun, we have created a $500 challenge for East, Middle, and West Tennessee at www.tnmuseums.org/donate
. Who knows? Perhaps, the first region to reach its goal will receive something special in Jackson! When you visit www.tnmuseums.org/donate
, the fund has been kicked off with participation by the TAM Board, and we hope you will join us in giving a year-end gift to help advance Tennessee museums!
Again, thank you for making 2014 a TAM good year! And, may we all TAMit in 2015!
All the best,
Adam H. Alfrey, President
Tennessee Association of Museums