Professional Development

By Shannon Tara Kraichy
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
Last October, I was fortunate enough to attend the Western Museums Association's (WMA) 2014 Annual Meeting, in large part due to receiving the Wanda Chin Scholarship. As a recent graduate, I could not have afforded all the expenses of travelling to the conference without it....
By Katherine Yee
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
Creative Director – This is not a common title in the museum field. It is a much more common title used at a design and marketing agency.
I went to school for graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). I have always had an interest in designing in three-dimensional...
By Leilani Lewis
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
Attending the WMA 2014 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas this year, for the first time, was a tremendous opportunity for me. I met with colleagues from across the west, attended sessions that increased my knowledge base, and gleaned insights that emboldened my practice as a museum...
Professional conferences are a fantastic arena to learn and grow through attending sessions, networking with peers, and exposure to organizational, theoretical, and geographical perspectives. However, taking advantage of this type of opportunity often is a matter of finances.
The Western Museums Association (WMA) offers the Wanda Chin Scholarship to assist member’s financial needs and ultimately...
The Western Museums Association (WMA) 2015 Annual Meeting in San Jose will be here before you know it! One of WMA’s goals is to foster inclusion and leadership, and in that spirit the WMA is happy to announce the official Request for Proposals for the 2015 Poster Session.
The goal of the Poster Session is to showcase how museums Listen • Learn • Lead—the theme of WMA 2015 Annual Meeting—in order...
By Cho Rao
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
Attending the Western Museums Association’s 2014 Annual Meeting in October included many firsts. It was my first time at a regional museum conference, it was my first time in Nevada, let alone Las Vegas, it was also my first time hiking through the desert, looking for (earth) art!
I am...
By Ryan Pinter
As October approached, I was looking forward to attending the Western Museums Association’s (WMA) 2014 Annual Meeting with excitement because I think conferences are always enjoyable, and it was, after all, in Las Vegas. I also felt some trepidation since I would be presenting for the first time during the conference. I had spent nearly two months preparing for the meeting and...
By Alexa Beaman
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
As a University of San Francisco Museum Studies Graduate Student with interests in leadership, education, and mobile engagement, the Western Museums 2014 Annual Meeting and Wanda Chin Scholarship allowed me to immerse myself in varied sectors of the museum field as well as network...
By Crystal Mason
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
My interest in education always stemmed from my desire for knowledge and the amazing ability to share it with others. I began my career in education at a public high school and I can honestly state that at that time I was unaware that museum education was even a possible career path...

The Western Museums Association (WMA) presents the second installment of WestMusings | 10 Minute Museum Talks, which took place during the 79th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas on October 5-8, 2014. WestMusings are short, engaging presentations by forward-thinking museum leaders. This year, WestMusers offered personal narratives about their origin stories and how they are connected to museums. Join...

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