Museum Association of Arizona



2015 Museum Association of Arizona Annual Conference

San Marcos Hotel, Chandler AZ

May 14-15, 2015



Once Upon a ...Museum: Telling All Our Stories  



Unless otherwise indicated all activities will be held at the San Marcos Hotel, Chandler AZ (Southwest corner of Commonweath and Arizona Avenues).   Free parking for the conference is available in the hotel lots along West Buffalo Street. 


Thursday, May 14, 2015


8:00 a.m.                     Registration opens (San Marcos Ballroom Lobby)


8:30 a.m.                     Silent Auction opens (San Marcos Ballroom)


8:30 – 9:45 a.m.         President’s Breakfast (San Marcos Ballroom)

Start your Conference with conversation with old and new friends over a Continental Breakfast.    Jim Ballinger will serve as our first “storyteller”, sharing insights from his 40 year career at the Phoenix Art Museum. 

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


9:45 – 10:15 a.m.       Annual Business Meeting (San Marcos Ballroom)

Get updates on MAA activities and vote on important By-Laws changes and new Board members.   

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.     Welcome and Keynote Panel (San Marcos Ballroom)

Hear about storytelling’s broad impact from a diverse panel of contemporary thinkers on the subject: 

Elizabeth Larson (ASU Department of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning)

Liz Warren (SMCC Storytelling Institute)

Kiran Gandhi (M.I.A. drummer and Harvard Business School)

Greg Taylor (Gangplank)

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


12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Learn 

Chose from five guest hosts and area restaurants for a delicious and informative lunchtime experience.  Lunch is at your own expense.    You will be able to sign up for your chosen lunch starting on May 1.


1:15 – 2:30 p.m.        Section A Sessions 

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.          Field Trips 

Chose from one of our three field trips led by members of the local East Valley museum community

Mesa Grande Archaeological Site (limit 25)

San Marcos Hotel  (limit 25)

Visions Gallery (limit 20)

These trips are included as part of the Full Conference and Thursday Single Day Registrations. 


6:00 – 9:00 p.m.        Dinner and Live Auction  (San Marcos Ballroom)

An elegant dinner at the San Marcos 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 auction will be followed by a performance by Marilyn Torres, a faculty member at the Storytelling Institute at the South Mountain Community College and known as the WestWinds Storyteller.

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). 


9:30 - ? p.m.              After Hours at The Perch

Review the day in a casual setting that includes over 50 tropical rescue birds and a wide array of local brews at the Perch Brewery and Pub at 232 South Wall Street, a short walk from the San Marcos Hotel.  

Space will be reserved for MAA Conference attendees, but drinks (and food) are on your own.



Friday, May 15, 2015


8:00 a.m.                   Registration Opens (San Marcos Ballroom Lobby)


8:30 – 9:45 a.m.        Section B Sessions


9:45 – 10:15 a.m.      Coffee Break (San Marcos Ballroom)

Sponsored by the Central Arizona Museum Association


10:15 – 11:30 a.m.    Section C Sessions 


11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.   Awards Luncheon (San Marcos Ballroom)

Join your colleagues to celebrate our annual awards for individual and institutional achievements.    

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). 


1:00 – 2:15 p.m.      Section D Sessions 


2:15 – 2:45 p.m.      Coffee Break (San Marcos Ballroom)


2:30 p.m.                 Silent Auction closes (San Marcos Ballroom)


2:45 – 4:00 p.m.      Section E Sessions


5:30 – 9:00 p.m.      Phoenix Airport Culture Crawl 

Phoenix Airport Museum staff will lead us through the art exhibits and installations at Sky Harbor, starting at the Light Rail Station at Washington and 44th Street and ending with food and a cash bar at the Cheuvront Restaraunt and Wine Bar in Terminal 4.

The Culture Crawl is not included in the Conference FeeIndividual tickets may be purchased in advance or at the Conference for $20 (see Registration Form).

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P.O. Box 63902, Phoenix, Arizona 85082


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