Palm Springs 2012


By: Jim Tharp and Jim Lindheim
Outside the Neon Museum in Las Vegas perches the gigantic Silver Slipper that once adorned the Silver Slipper Casino.  The story goes that Howard Hughes, having purchased the Desert Inn so that the owners wouldn’t throw him out, decided to also purchase the Silver Slipper Casino across the street so that he could remove the spinning silver slipper from his bedroom...
By: Ashley Meredith – Doctoral Student, University of South Florida
The opportunity to attend the Western Museum Association meetings could not have been possible without the assistance of the WMA Board and Wanda Chin Scholarship they provided to me for the 75th Annual Meeting! The WMA stands out as one of the most committed organizations to professional development and collaboration between...
By: Elizabeth Sutton
Through the Looking Glass: Obsidian Travel and Trade in the Great Basin, Recipient of the 2012 Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Award for Exhibition Excellence
The Utah State University Museum of Anthropology was honored at this year’s Western Museums Association Annual Meeting in Palm Springs as the recipient of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Award for...
By: Brooke Devenney
This year’s Western Museums Association Annual Meeting in Palm Springs was an insightful and interesting experience for someone like myself just starting out in their museum career. The theme I took from this year’s Annual Meeting and conference was the idea of “thinking outside the box,” both literally and figuratively. Two of the sessions I attended demonstrated this idea...
By: Tarisi Vunidilo - Secretary-General, PIMA
WARM PACIFIC GREETINGS!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Western Museum Association (WMA) Board for providing me with a scholarship that enabled me to be in Palm Springs from October 21st to the 24th  to attend the 2012 WMA Meeting. Without your kind assistance I would not have been able to attend this very important gathering.
 
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Session
Gearing Up for New Audiences: Preparing Your Site, Staff, and Volunteers for K-2 Field Trips
Moderator
Clayton Drescher, Education Manager, Petersen Automotive Museum
Presenters


Jennifer Simpson, School & Tour Services Coordinator, Petersen Automotive Museum Lorianne Salazar, Children & Family Programs Coordinator, Petersen Automotive Museum
Grace Tran, Kindergarten/First Grade...
Session
Much More Than a Gift Shop: Vital Tips, Tools & Resources for Museum Retail
Moderator
Miriam Works, Principal, Works Consulting
Presenters

Stuart Hata, Director of Retail Operations, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Jim DeMersman, Executive Director, Museum on Main
Carrie Santell, Assistant Store Manager, USS Hornet Museum

Description
It is our contention that Museum Stores are...
Session
An Update on the Connecting to Collections Initiative in the Western States
Moderator
Connie Bodner, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, Office of Museum Services, IMLS
Presenters
Kara West, Assistant Director for Field Services, Balboa Art Conservation Center
Keni Sturgeon, Curator & Museum Director, Willamette Heritage Center
Eric Taylor, Heritage Lead, 4Culture
Description
Since its...
Session
Successful Development Models for University and Public Museums


Presenters


Jill Hartz, Executive Director, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Greg Polzin, Director, Fundraising & Development, Palm Springs Art Museum Melissa Rosengard, Director of Institutional Advancement, Chabot Space & Science Center
Deidre Sandvick, Director of Development for the Arts, University of Oregon...
By: Autumn King
Think back to your last “first”. First day at a new job; first day of school; first time flying; first time speaking in public. The first time for anything can be riddled with angst, excitement, jittery anticipation, even fear.  My first trip to Palm Springs for the Western Museum Association’s 77th Annual Meeting this past week brought many of the above feelings my way for myriad...

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