Impact Award

WMA Impact Award

The new WMA Impact Award will be presented at the Annual Meeting to a current mid-career museum professional who has a minimum of ten years’ experience in the field. The award recognizes an individual’s work on a specific project or program, efforts to bring about organizational change, or leadership within the community having a significant, positive effect on their museum, the surrounding community, or the museum field in the Western region. The award includes a $1,500 stipend to aid in the awardee’s continuing professional development. The awardee will address attendees during in a General Session and be featured in the conference program and on the WMA website. 


  • Nominee should have a minimum of ten years in a museum or museum-related field and be currently active in the profession.
  • Nominee can be working in any museum discipline: administration, collections management, community engagement, curatorial, development, editorial, education, exhibitions, human resources, marketing/public relations, museum studies, etc.
  • Nominee must be available to attend the Annual Meeting to receive the award.

Criteria - the selection of the WMA Impact Award recipient is based on the following criteria:

  • Developed or implemented an innovative project, program, or exhibition that creatively addressed an issue or subject matter and has had a positive impact on members of a community and/or the public at large.
  • Shows a commitment to fostering open and respectful discussion among colleagues and members of a community and/or the public to help create a more inclusive and just society.
  • Maintains a high standard of excellence and demonstrates exemplary initiative, dedication and leadership.
  • Promotes the cultural importance of museums through their work.

Nominations can be submitted by a museum professional at any level, but individuals cannot self-nominate.
(Current staff and trustees of the Western Museum Association are not eligible for nomination)


The 2018 WMA Impact Award application deadline is July 20, 2018.

To submit a nomination, please download the 2018 WMA Impact nomination form and send to by July 20, 2018.

Please contact WMA at (707) 433-4701 or for more information, questions, or comments about the Impact Award.


Initial funding for the IMPACT AWARD is being provided by the Volver Trust