• 2016 Annual Meeting


    Phoenix, AZ |  September 25-28, 2016

Annual Meeting

The Western Museums Association (WMA) in partnership with the Museum Association of Arizona cordially invites you to the 2016 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona on September 25-28, 2016

View the WMA 2016 Final Program


Named after a mythological and cyclically reborn bird, Phoenix is one of the most populous and fastest-growing cities in the nation. With CHANGE as the theme, the Annual Meeting will focus on the shifting museum landscape and how the field can adapt to rise anew. Together as a museum professional community, we will ask: How can museums stay relevant in a rapidly changing technological and social environment? What happens to staff when there is a change in leadership or ideology at a museum? How does change help museums have meaningful conversations about the future? What better place than Phoenix, a rapidly expanding city founded on the idea of renewal, to discuss change?

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In keeping with the theme of CHANGE, we are changing up our program this year. The 2016 Annual Meeting will feature an open exhibit hall, branching off into session rooms, providing a central meeting space for attendees. The program includes two distinguished keynote speakers: The Honorable Diane J. Humetewa, the first woman of Native American descent to serve as a United States District Judge and Gregory Hinton, the creator and producer of Out West™, a historic national program series dedicated to illuminating the history and culture of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities in the American West. New this year, we have added a Trustee Track for sessions, as well as a special Trustee reception. Finally, WestMusings will round out the last day of sessions–ensuring that all attendees will have the opportunity to attend these engaging presentations.

Like its predecessors, the 2016 Annual Meeting will continue a rich tradition of innovative programming. This year’s Annual Meeting offers an engaging program of 43 sessions from nine interdisciplinary tracks: Business, Collections, Community Engagement, Indigenous, Leadership/Careerpath, Technology, Visitor Experience, and Trustee. There will be numerous opportunities to meet and network with museum colleagues throughout the Annual Meeting. The Evening Events will be especially memorable this year. We will open the conference with a night at the stunning Desert Botanical Gardens. The following nights we will meet at two renowned museums: the Heard Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum. We are thrilled to be able to share a special experience at each of these fantastic institutions with you.

WMA 2016 promises to be a groundbreaking meeting. Be prepared for an absorbing and thought-provoking experience that will CHANGE the way you think about museums. Please join us as we share and expand our knowledge together. With the Museum Association of Arizona, we look forward to welcoming you to
 Phoenix in September! 


2016 Sessions

View the 2016 Annual Meeting Sessions.


2016 Events 

Evening Events offer a fantastic way to make deeper connections with your peers while visiting some of Phoenix's most exciting museums.



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The official hotel of the 2016 Annual Meeting is the Hyatt Regency in the heart of the downtown Phoenix. Reserve a room today.