Annual Meeting


Everyone who registers for the 2018 Annual Meeting before Saturday, June 30 will be entered to win 2 tickets to the Evening Event of thier choice (value of $100). 
This year's evening events feature three incredible Tacoma museums:
Museum of Glass, Washington State History Museum and the Foss Waterway Martime Museum. 
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Here's a preview of what awaits you at these museums: 

Monday,...

by Hillary Ryan, Communications and Programs Strategist
This year’s Annual Meeting theme is INSPIRE and I think that’s exactly what you’ll feel after listening to Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham’s keynote address- inspired.
As an older EMP (I off-ramped for 10 years to raise a family) I came back to the museum field thinking that the hope for change that I had shared with my graduate school peers...

The WMA 2018 Annual Meeting will feature a great selection of workshops and sessions that will help you learn more skills and gain insights about the business aspects of museums. If you are interested in development, marketing, or membership, consider planning your schedule to include these offerings. 
WorkshopSunday
9:00 am- 4:00 pm Small Museum Legal Tool Kit
SessionsMonday
11:00 am-12:15...

The future of collections has become a major discussion point in the museum community. From the museum scene in Black Panther to the strong opinions being expressed about deaccessiong, unpacking conversations about museum collections is highlighted in this year's Annual Meeting,
Join your colleagues in unpacking the challenges and opportunities of museum collections of all shapes and sizes in...

Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham and Museum Hue
by Hillary Ryan, Communications and Programs Strategist
In 2015, Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham co-founded Brooklyn-based Museum Hue as a collective of people of color to come together to talk about what was happening at their institutions and to visit and explore other museums and arts organizations. Since then, Museum Hue has evolved to become an arts...
While there will be many great sessions and workshops, plenty of networking opportunities and a wide-variety of ways to celebrate the museum profession at WMA's 2018 Annual Meeting, we know that fantastic Evening Events are for many attendees the highlights that remain the longest with them.
Who doesn't like a party at a museum? 

When you register for WMA 2018 before June 30, you will be entered...

We are excited to announce that 4Culture is offering $400 stipends to King County residents who are a staff member, volunteer, or board member of a heritage organization located in King County. The stipends may be used for conference registration, travel, and lodging costs.
To apply, please submit a resume detailing your commitment to action, change, and unity within King County heritage museums...

By WMA Staff
Are you considering submitting a poster session for WMA 2018? Fantastic. While you don’t need to have a fully realized poster ready to apply, we’ve gathered up some tips and tricks to help you bring your idea to life.
WMA 2018 Poster Session Information
Think of your poster as a graphic way to present your research or project. The poster should be used as a visual tool to generate...

Plans are underway for a spectacular joint conference bringing together two amazing organizations to provide a dynamic and groundbreaking professional development experience in two years.
The Western Museums Association and the California Museums Association will be collaborating to bring together museum professionals in Los Angeles in 2020 and we need you to help us in the planning.


Our short...
by Jennifer Ortiz and Molly Wilmoth, co-chairs Program Committee

At the start of March, the WMA 2018 Program Committee met in Tacoma, WA for our second and final planning meeting for this year’s Annual Meeting. Our 2018 Program Committee is comprised of a diverse group of museum leaders from all corners of the Western region. Over four very full days—two in January and the other two in March—the...

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