WMA 2014

By Alexa Beaman
In preparing to present as a part of the panel “Defining Leadership Across Generational Divides” at the Western Museums Association 2015 Annual Meeting, I reflected on moderator James Burns’ question of how established leaders can work together with emerging leaders to build a stronger profession and stronger institutions. And with that I also thought, how could I provide insight...
By Dawn Barraclough
Hosting the Western Museums Association (WMA) 2014 Annual Meeting was a great catalyst for the Las Vegas cultural community, bringing us together and into the future as a united force. It all began in 2012 when, with local museum consultant Art Wolf at the helm, Las Vegas museum directors met to prepare a bid to host the 2014 WMA Annual Meeting. This campaign included a...
By Molly Fierer-Donaldson
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
I would like to thank the people directly involved with the Wanda Chin Professional Development Scholarship, as well as everyone who contributed to the scholarship fund for the opportunity to attend the Western Museum Association (WMA) 2014 Annual Meeting. This conference...
By Rachel Luni
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
Las Vegas is known for its flashy lights, ringing machines, feathered showgirls, and now its up-and-coming museums. Sin City’s museum scene is blossoming, with talented professionals giving cultural life to a town inundated with gambling, alcohol, and other provocative topics. This...
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 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...
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!
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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...

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