Conferences

By Mollie Fullerton
I came to the 2016 WMA Annual Meeting in Phoenix from Green River, Utah. Green River has no stoplights, about 950 residents, a giant watermelon float, and a twenty thousand square foot museum where I am the Education and Programs Manager.    
The John Wesley Powell River History Museum was built over 25 years ago when the Green River city council, mayor, and other stakeholders...
By John Bello
Frequently in the field of museums, we operate without much acknowledgment of others. That is not to say that museums do not talk with one another. Museums operate in a singular vacuum of oneness. Yet, museums are all dealing with the same changes from outside forces. With new digital media, social media, programming, strained funding, and other challenges, museums are constantly...
By Joseph Govednik, Museum Curator, Foss Waterway Seaport & President, Washington Museum Association

Being a recipient to the Wanda Chin Grant is something I am grateful for.  Without the assistance of this grant my attendance, and professional development opportunities associated with participation, would likely not happen this year.  The WMA annual meeting in Phoenix was a treasure of...
By Claire Blaylock
From October 23-25th, the Oregon Museums Association hosted our annual meeting in the scenic college town of Eugene, Oregon. The conference theme, “Engage!” drew representatives from museums across the state. From small local institutions to large regional museums, volunteers and staff members discussed how museums can engage with their audiences in the 21st century.
OMA was...
I’m going to start with a confession: it often takes me several weeks after a professional conference for the information I’ve to crystallize into useful lessons. Being a typical introvert, the conference and networking can render me feeling highly energized and highly depleted at the same time. Once the overstimulation wears off and I am back in my routine, the lessons and conversations shared...
Dear WMA 2016 Annual Meeting Volunteers,
On behalf of the Western Museums Association (WMA) Board of Directors, staff, and members, I want to thank you for your work as a volunteer at the WMA 2016 Annual Meeting in Phoenix. WMA’s Annual Meeting provides museum professionals an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices, network with colleagues, and learn more about museums in the Western...
WMA is looking to up-and-coming museum professionals and requesting submissions for the 2016 Poster Session.
The goal of the Poster Session is to showcase how CHANGE—the theme of WMA 2016—impacts the museum field. This Poster Session is an opportunity to obtain new insights, share ideas and projects, as well as network with museum colleagues in an informal setting.

WMA Board Member, Lorie...
By Kelsey Clark
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting.
The San Francisco Bay Area is booming. The population in the entire region is growing, new industries are taking root and cities are struggling to keep up with the pace of change. Museums in the area - and across the Western United States - are coming to terms with new audiences,...
By Kathy Suter
The Hawaiʻi Museums Association (HMA) held this year’s annual meeting and conference on April 24, 2015 in Honolulu, HI. Once again the Japanese Cultural Center’s Grand Ballroom provided the perfect environment for information exchange, conversation, and networking.
HMA provided several pre and post conference events that informed and entertained. First on Thursday night, April 23,...
By Jennifer Caballero
Museums are at the forefront of addressing issues facing California—they are tackling social justice issues, communicating about climate change, and serving audiences with specific needs, as well as experimenting with sustainable business practices, distance learning, crowd-sourced content, and new technologies.
As ominous as those issues might sound, 500 intrepid museum...

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