American Public Garden Association Conference 2017
Hamilton & Niagara, Ontario
June 19-23, 2017
Building Common Ground: Museum Hill Partners
Event Type: 
Session
Track: 
Making Friends, Making Money
Date / Time: 
Tue June, 20 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: 
Albion B
Presenter: 
C. Bass, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Santa Fe, New Mexico; D. Warrior, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, New Mexico; D. Setford, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Museum Hill in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is home to the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, four varied museums, the largest annual gathering of international folk artists, and the National Park Service. Three years ago these diverse organizations came together to explore if and how they could build common ground and to raise their collective profile through collaborative marketing, program development, and creation of a new master plan. This successful, ongoing partnership can serve as an inspiration and template for other gardens who seek to expand audience engagement through partnerships. Participants will learn to break down perceived or real barriers regarding possible partners. Sometimes the most challenging alliances can reap the greatest rewards for all involved.