WMA 2012

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: 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...
On behalf of the Western Museums Association Board of Directors and members, I want to thank you for your work as a volunteer for the WMA 2012 Annual Meeting Restore & Rejuvenate: Our Cultural & Natural Resources in Palm Springs. WMA’s Annual Meeting provides museum professionals an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices, network with colleagues, and learn more about museums in...
By: Renee Montgomery
Visitors to WMA’s Annual Meeting in Palm Springs will find some must-see institutions en route from LAX to Palm Springs.  The following three sites, directly off the freeway, will give conference-attendees a taste of three major Southern California eras.
Just 20 minutes outside downtown L.A., right off the 60 freeway, is the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum,...

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