TAM Votes to Dissolve Organization as 501(c)(3)

The Tucson Association of Museums held an emergency meeting on March 15, 2019 to vote on the potential dissolution of TAM. The Board and attendees voted unanimously to dissolve TAM as a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. The minutes from this meeting can be viewed here:

TAM is currently in the process of dissolving. The below information will continue to be updated as needed.

What you need to know:

*Remaining TAM brochures. All remaining back stock of brochures will be inventoried. Unclaimed brochures will be given to the Tucson Visitor’s Bureau to distribute.

*The TAM Website and domain name. This website will remain accessible until 11/8/2021. The website will continue to list all information promoting Tucson museums which is current as of 2018. The events calendar will be removed at the end of March 2019. When the web hosting period expires, it will not be renewed, and the website link will no longer be functional.

*TAM PO Box. The PO Box will remain functional until it expires on April 30, 2019. The post office will return any future correspondence to the sender.

*G-mail account (tucsontam@gmail.com) The g-mail account will remain periodically monitored for all of 2019. The account will have an auto-response set up to inform senders of the dissolvement of TAM. Login information for the g-mail account will be given to all admins of the TAM Facebook group, should they wish to send correspondence to any interested parties outside of the Facebook platform. The TAM Facebook group will continue to operate uninterrupted.

*Remaining Monetary Funds. In accordance with state law, all remaining monetary funds must be donated to a non profit organization doing similar work. TAM’s remaining monetary funds will be donated to the Museum Association of Arizona (MAA) with the agreement that the funds are to be targeted towards assisting museums in Tucson and the surrounding area, including but not limited to: professional development scholarships, travel reimbursement to and from Tucson, guest speakers and workshops in the Tucson area.


Vote on Dissolution of TAM 3-15-19

Dear Members of TAM and Museum Colleagues,

At the 2019 Annual Meeting, there were no nominations for a 2019 TAM Board. All outgoing Board members wish to step down from their Board positions. Without an active Board and an enthusiastic membership base, TAM cannot continue to uphold its mission. Enticing new leadership has been an ongoing concern for TAM for the last several years, and there was a discussion at the Annual Meeting regarding the dissolution of TAM.

On Friday, March 15th, TAM will hold an emergency meeting at 5:00pm at Fronimo’s Greek Cafe. TAM has reserved the Minos Room. If there are any TAM members who would like to nominate themselves to a Board position for 2019, please attend to have your nomination considered and approved. If Board positions are not filled at the meeting, the outgoing Board will move to approve a plan of dissolution to distribute our remaining assets and address any remaining liabilities.

There are many individuals who would like to see TAM continue and who are willing to help serve on committees, but cannot take on a Board role at this time. Please consider nominating yourself if you are passionate about TAM’s mission to provide Southern Arizona’s museum community with a platform for collaboration and professional development. Your voice matters: all members of TAM are encouraged to attend.

MOCA-Tucson Presents – ArtNow! with Al Ridenour: Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas

Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas
December 11, 2018 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
With the appearance of the demonic Christmas character Krampus in contemporary Hollywood movies, television shows, advertisements, and greeting cards, medieval folklore has now been revisited in American culture. Krampus-related events and parades occur both in North America and Europe, and they are an ever-growing phenomenon. Though the Krampus figure has once again become iconic, not much can be found about its history and meaning, thus calling for a book like Al Ridenour’s The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas.

Wee Winter Wonderland at The Mini!

November 20, 2018 – January 6, 2019
During a Wee Winter Wonderland, The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures decorates its lobby and gallery spaces to celebrate the season. Additionally, more than a dozen miniatures from the permanent collection are decorated to depict holiday celebrations around the world and throughout time. Now in its 9th year, a Wee Winter Wonderland is becoming a Tucson holiday tradition.

UAMA – Encountering Death: Our Responses and Reconciliations (through January 6, 2019)

September 29, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Encountering Death: Our Responses and Reconciliations represents the various attitudes people have had about death across time and place. This exhibition explores ways in which people have mourned the dead, contemplated the afterlife, and accepted or avoided mortality. Works in this show demonstrate how death has been symbolized, and how people have responded to death in their own lives. Curated by Grace Liatti, the Edward and Nancy Strauss Intern, this exhibition features works by artists such as: Thomas Cole, Käthe Kollwitz, Auguste Rodin, and Edward Okun.

Tucson Museum of Art – 30 Americans: The Rubell Family Collection (through January 13, 2019)

30 Americans showcases works by some of the most significant African American artists of the last four decades. This ground-breaking exhibition explores race, gender, and historical identity in contemporary context while highlighting diverse media, subject matter, and perspectives. Artists included here represent the core of an expanding number of talented individuals who are contributing their voices to the history of art in this country. Many of the works on view reveal not only the country’s changing view of race and class over the last 200 years, but also address the persistence of racism, violence, and marginalization in America today.

Tucson Botanical Gardens: Luminaria Nights

Luminaria Nights Returns! Celebrate the holiday season with 3,000 candle-lit luminarias and 22 Korean lanterns as they adorn the Tucson Botanical Gardens. See snowfall in our Exhibit Garden next to a 10-foot tall Christmas tree made up of 150 blooming poinsettias*. Bring the kids for crafts, storytelling and photos with the Grinch! Performances will feature local musicians each night. Seasonal food and drinks will be available from our very own Cafe Botanica, as well as many of Tucson’s favorite food trucks.

Tohono Chul: Holiday Nights 2018

Holiday Nights 2018
A Million Lights!
November 30 & December 1 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
December 7 & 8 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
December 14 & 15 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Santa’s Coming to Town!
Every Friday & Saturday of Holiday Nights
5:30 – 8pm | Lomaki House | Free with Admission
Get in the holiday spirit with a visit from Santa! Photo opportunities available and a fun event for kids of all ages!

Blessed Be: Mysticism, Spirituality, and the Occult in Contemporary Art (through December 30, 2018)

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson (MOCA Tucson) is pleased to present Blessed Be: Mysticism, Spirituality, and the Occult in Contemporary Art, a curated exhibition by Ginger Shulick Porcella exploring religion, ritual, cult mentality, and the human impulse to belong and participate, as viewed through the lens of cultural production. This exhibition examines the relationship between “cult” and “culture” and how the museum space, like sites of worship, are places for sustained, concentrated attention and contemplation. Blessed Be links spiritual practice to artistic production, raising questions about the liminal spaces that exist between the sacred and the prosaic, celebrating these renowned contemporary artists and visionaries. The exhibition reveals the performance behind the ritual, and as such Blessed Be is an evolving exhibition, activated throughout the course of the show through a full series of lectures, screenings, and performances.

The Mini Time Machine Museum: Automata

October 4, 2018 – January 27, 2019
This exhibit, from the collection of metalsmith Michael Croft, includes over forty miniature machines created by twenty-three contemporary automata makers from around the world.
Contemporary automata combine problem solving and mechanical ingenuity with imaginative storytelling, delighting both the eye and the mind. Most modern automatons do not use clockwork mechanisms, which were once a prominent tool for animating the pieces. Instead, many artists invite the viewer to participate in the work by winding up the crank, which builds the narrative, with the punchline revealed through its release.