WMA 2018 Session Proposals Discussion


This discussion is for people interested in proposing a session or workshop at WMA 2018, INSPIRE, in Tacoma. If you have an idea that you want feedback on, are looking for panelists, or want to be a part of a panel please post a comment!

Programming for Older Adults

We, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, recently piloted a new art class designed specifically for older adults. I would love to connect with other museums who are also thinking intentionally about this audience with the hopes of joining a proposed panel or building a panel for the 2018 conference. 


Karen Satzman



Re: Programming for Older Adults

Hi Karen, Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego has "Senior Programs (http://mopa.org/learn/senior/)". Kevin Linde oversees these programs. He would be a great addition to your panel. I'll send you his email. 


The Future of Membership

I would really like to connect with other directors, development folks, membership managers, etc. who are grappling with the question "what is the future of memberships?" We rely on membership dues to cover nearly a quarter of our budget, and the idea that membership is a dying model of support gives me major anxiety. I think it would make a terrific panel topic for WMA 2018. Please get in touch if you might be interested in joining the discussion!  dkersting@latah.id.us 

The future of membership


There was a panel at CAM last year on this topic--Lisa Eriksen presented about trends in museum membership and a few local organizations presented some examples. I can connect you to Lisa or the other panelists if that would be helpful (one of the panelists was a consultant who worked with us on a membership revamp). Also, I know that a lot of organizatoins are looking at free membership and I attended a great session at AAM two years ago on that topic (I can send you notes if you are interested). But I think this could be a really valuable session.



Karen Kienzle, Director, Palo Alto Art Center


Dulce, good question and I

Dulce, good question and I would be interested in this session! A suggestion for someone to reach out to is Ruth White from the Utah Museums Association and Development Director and Kimball Art Center. She's a membership maven. If you don't have her email, please let me know!

Older Adults

HI Karen,

The way our museum (University of Alaska Museum of the North) have been engaging with our more mature community members is through the University's OLLI group (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - https://www.uaf.edu/olli/). We've been really successful in getting these mini-classes each term and all of the museum classes have filled up quickly and usually have wait-lists. I'd be happy to talk to you about how we've implemented it at our place. Our Education Manager has been the liaison between our curators and collections managers, who serve as the instructors, by recruiting and then dealing with intros, providing the space for the class, etc. I could give you her name and contact info if you would like to include her as a possibility.


Angela Linn


Living History for Large Audiences

At the Washington State History Museum, we have a living history program that provides facilitated school programming for up to 400 students a day. The program, Voices of the Great Hall, has existed in one iteration or another for about 12 years now. We would like to present a session on different methods of doing living history for large audiences whether those be for field trips or public programs and are interested in partnering with others.

Gwen Whiting

Lead Curator (formerly Education Specialist), Washington State Historical Society


Hi Gwen,

Hi Gwen,

I sent you an email, but I also wanted to reply here. I'd be interested in joining in on this session to talk about what we've done for living history public programs at The Museum of Flight. Let me know if you're still looking for co-presenters!

Marketing for Collections

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is pulling together a session on marketing and collections--how to utilize collections for marketing purposes, interesting campaigns around collections, etc. They are in touch with SFMOMA but are looking for other museums to share their experiences. Any advice for them? 

Measuring museum impact

I'm interested in possibly pulling together a session on how to measure museum impact on your local community. I represent a state agency that is conducting a pilot study of measuring Utah museum's social impact on their visitorship and I would love to have a discussion around developing ways of how the museum community can quantify their impact. Are there museums in the west doing this work internally that might be interested?  





Oakland Museum of California

Hi--we are having a convening this Friday that will be all about Measuring Impact. I would be happy to join you to talk about what we are trying to accomplish. I can also invite another colleague. Our Director of Evaluation is really knowledgeable--she's just organizing the convening so she's super busy this week. If you want to put us down for collaborating with you on the session, I'm sure I can do it if she's not available.


Membership Programs and Social Media Engagement

I am interested in proposing a session that centers around the use of social media in museum membership programs. For example, are museums creating private closed Facebook groups for their members to chat and connect? Are any organizations creating their own hashtags for members to use? How do these strategies align with their in-person perks and benefits? If anyone knows of museums or cultural organizations that are using social media channels and strategies to engage with their members I would love to talk about putting together a panel. 


3D Scanning of Collections: Ethics / Policies

Hi all!

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum just purchased a 3D scanning / printing set-up - as a result we in the collections department have been having a lot of internal conversations about ethical concerns re: scanning material - particularly material that is tribally affiliated. I really feel like we need to have some written policy in place so it doesn’t become some kind of free-for-all. I did a bit of preliminary research on the topic last year and did not find many museums that had 3D scanning policies in place or published on their websites. Things may have changed a bit since then. 

Have there been any sessions presented on this topic in the past? If so, l’ve missed out.


3D printing sessions

Hello Melanie! As I can remember, there have not been any 3D printing ethics sessions at WMA. Sounds like a good one. If you want help tracking down potential presenters, let me know!

3D Scanning

HI Melanie,

Our curators of Earth Sciences and Archaeology (Univeristy of Alaska Museum of the North) are experimenting with 3D scanning/printing of paleontological and archaeological collections and might be interested in talking with you. I'm not sure if either of them have set up any policies on a departmental level - we don't have one institution-wide yet. The printing of any cultural items has been limited so far, just experimenting to see what degree of detail they can get (not very good); they've mostly been printing dinosaur parts. Feel free to shoot me an email at ajlinn@alaska.edu if you'd like to get in touch with either of those curators.



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