WMA 2012

WMA’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Palm Springs is just around the corner and our host museums are looking forward to having you in town!
Known as the ultimate desert playground for arts, culture, outdoor fun, and entertainment, Palm Springs has so much to offer, beginning with this year’s host museums. As you prepare to experience the 2012 conference and partake in all of the wonderful activities we...
October in Palm Springs is a great time to visit the desert!  So if you are heading out to the annual meeting, we think you should come a day early.  But don’t just grab a date shake and hang out by the pool on Sunday, come and join us and your colleagues for the fun-filled, pre-conference workshop, “Disaster Recovery for Collections: The First 24 – 48 Hours After an Emergency.”
Why should you?...

 
Tuesday, October 23 – Evening Event – 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Don’t miss your chance to experience the magic of the 35-room Hopi-inspired adobe masterpiece, constructed of found objects during the 1940s and 1950s, at Cabot's Pueblo Museum. This institution was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. Explore the pueblo with wine and appetizers as you enjoy the best views in the...

 
Saturday, October 20 – Pre-Conference Tour – 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Palm Springs, California is known as being a mecca for Desert Modern architecture. Since the 1930s when Hollywood stars and wealthy architecture patrons began building houses in Palm Springs, this area has become world-renowned for work by Mid-century Modern architects Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, John Lautner, E. Stewart...

 
Monday, October 22 – Evening Event – 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Explore one of the desert’s newest attractions, Sunnylands Center & Gardens, with its welcoming Great Room, exhibitions, film, and interactive media stations. Learn about the Annenbergs and the famous people who visited them, Midcentury Modern architecture, art collecting, and the sustainability ethic driving this project. Wander...

 
Saturday, October 20 – Pre-Conference Tour – 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Spend an entire day discovering the spectacular desert landscapes and colorful history of the high desert. You will start your day off with brunch at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum where you can tour their new exhibit, "Ride 'em Cowboy! The West in Popular Culture." Then it’s off to Joshua Tree National Park for a ranger-guided tour...
By: Maraya Cornell
My favorite part of a WMA Annual Meeting is the weekend of tours and workshops before the conference actually gets started. I like to get settled and look around a bit before the crowds roll in, but I also find that I learn more, make the best connections, and have the most interesting conversations during the longer and more focused pre-conference events. For me, the minimal...
By: Andrea Godinez
Do you consider yourself a scientist? Or see the ways that research affects your daily life? Sometimes, for those of us who are not working in a lab or the field, science can seem exclusive and disconnected from our lives.
That’s why I have devoted my career to telling stories of science and research in ways that are hopefully accessible to our audiences – including those who...
By: Adam Mikos
With WMA 2012 only a few short months away (summer days always seem to go by so much faster) I find myself thinking back to my first conference experience.  The “museum field” was pretty mysterious to me at that time.  The session schedule was like a candy store, so many exciting topics to choose from and professionals from museums that I loved, speaking on topics I was interested...

Two weeks remain of Early Bird Registration for the 2012 Annual Meeting in Palm Springs! The Annual Meeting includes a over 40 engaging sessions; keynote addresses by W. Richard West, Jr., and Nik Honeysett; and Evening Events hosted by the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, Palm Springs Art Museum, Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, and many more!
The 2012 Annual Meeting Preliminary Program is now...

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