Museum Association of Arizona


2014 MAA Annual Conference 

Flagstaff, AZ   May 1-2, 2014

 Mutual Engagement:  Museums and Communities





Wednesday, April 30, 2014

President’s Reception

Riordan Mansion State Park, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

The reception is free to all conference registrants. 

Join us on the at the historic Riordan Mansion for the President’s Reception.   The West House, with exhibits about the Riordan family, will be open for the evening.   

   Built in 1904 for two Riordan families, Riordan Mansion is an impressive reminder of gracious living in a small, territorial logging town. The historic building is an Arizona treasure undefined a remarkable example of Arts and Crafts style architecture featuring a rustic exterior of log-slab siding, volcanic stone arches, and hand-split wooden shingles. The expansive home has forty rooms, over 13,000 square-feet of living area, and servant's quarters. The Riordan residence was designed by the creator of Grand Canyon's El Tovar Hotel, Charles Whittlesey.


Thursday, May 1  

Welcome and Keynote Address

duBois Center Ballroom, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

The Keynote Address is included as part of the Full Conference and Thursday Single Day Registrations.  

Our Keynote Address will be given by Dr. Candace Matelic, who teaches and consults throughout the U.S. and Canada in the areas of community engagement, organizational development, change, and learning, creativity and innovation, and strategic interpretation and program planning. She brings over three decades of leadership experience to her current work, including directing National Landmark sites in Maryland and Hawaii, managing the visitor experience, interpretation and programs at museums in Michigan and Iowa, and directing the Cooperstown Graduate Program for a decade. She teaches regularly for the University of Victoria and numerous state and provincial museum associations.

   Her publications include two co-authored books and 25 articles/chapters, including a chapter on community engagement for the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) Small Museum Toolkit. Dr. Matelic holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Studies from the University at Albany, SUNY, an M.A. in History Museum Studies from SUNY Oneonta, and a BFA (Fine Arts and American Studies) from the University of Michigan.

The Keynote Address is underwritten by a generous donation from the Musical Instrument Museum.


Networking Lunch

duBois Center Ballroom, 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Buy your lunch at the Düb, an on-site cafeteria that includes seven different dining options from soup and salad to pasta, burgers, and made-to-order Mexican favorites. Then join your colleagues in the Second Floor Ballroom to share your ideas on key topics "crowd-sourced" by attendees in advance.


Dinner and Live Auction

The Museum of Northern Arizona's Branigar Chase Discovery Center, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. 

The Dinner is included as part of the Full Conference and Thursday Single Day Registrations  You may purchase additional dinner tickets -- in advance only (see Registration Form).

A buffet dinner and cash bar will set the stage for our annual live auction, with the proceeds going to MAA's educational programs, as well as the Ken Evans Scholarship Fund. 


  The newest addition to MNA’s public facilities the Discovery Center was opened in 1995 and houses the museum’s main galleries, including its award-winning permanent anthropology exhibit, Native Peoples of the Colorado Plateau, which documents 12,000 years of occupation in the region.   The galleries and museum shop will be open during this event.11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 


Friday, May 2


Business and Awards Luncheon

duBois Center Ballroom, 11:45 a.m. to 1: 00 p.m.

The luncheon  is included as part of the Full Conference and Friday Single Day registrations.  You may purchase additional luncheon tickets -- in advance only (see Registration Form).

Join your colleagues for the results of our Board elections and celebrate our annual awards for individual and institutional achievements.    


Reception and First Friday ArtWalk

Hidden Light Gallery and downtown Flagstaff, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. 

This event is not included in the Conference Fee.  Individual tickets may be purchased in advance or at the Conference for $10 (see Registration Form).  

The First Friday ArtWalk is one of Northern Arizona's premier arts events. We will begin our exploration of the special art exhibitions, performances and live music hosted by art galleries and businesses in historic Downtown Flagstaff at the Hidden Light Gallery, 427 S. San Francisco Street.  From 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. a special reception for MAA participants only will feature wine and appetizers catered by the upscale Cottage Place Restaurant, and a special tour of the facility, which is a working traditional photo lab (with darkroom) and frame shop.   The Gallery is featuring the work of painter C Tanner Jensen.    Maps for the ArtWalk will be provided at the Reception.




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