A Q&A with Victoria Regional Museum Association's new director
May 20, 2010 at 12:20 a.m.
Updated May 21, 2010 at 12:21 a.m.
In February, Morgen Trafton, 26, was appointed the new executive director of Victoria Regional Museum Association. The Victoria native and 2006 St. Edward's University graduate has a background in the marketing and nonprofit industries. Trafton replaced Denise Roussel, who left in September after four years to move closer to her family in Baton Rouge, La.
Q: How has it been going since you took over the position?
A: It's been really great. I love it. It's a great way to get involved in the community. My mom was always very involved in the community, and I grew up watching her and all that she did.
I got thrown in during a busy time with big events going on, like our polo event and the art cars exhibit, where more than 1,000 people attended. But I enjoy the events and the hustle and bustle. It's an exciting time.
Q: What are some of your goals for the association?
A: I really want to increase membership and the overall awareness in the community of what we do. People drive by the Nave Museum and the McNamara House all the time and have no idea what we do.
I also want to bring together the different generations. I'm of a different generation than they've had working here before at the association, which I think will help bridge that gap. I want to bring all generations into the museum and to our events.
Q: Are there any big upcoming projects you're working on?
A: We may have a big El Dia de los Muertos event in the fall for the general public. That's in the works right now.
On a personal note, I'm currently working with Brandee Bratton to try and start a dog park in Victoria. I have a weimaraner pup and would love for their to be a place for him to play. It's something I'm passionate about. We're going to take it to the city council to see if we can get this off the ground.