By: Jason B. Jones
I’m stoked for the WMA Annual Meeting in Hawai'i, but not for the reasons you may think. As a redhead that gets sunburned while just thinking about sitting on the beach, soaking up the sun isn’t high on my priorities list. Thankfully, Hawai’i and the Annual Meeting offer much more than sun and surf.
The diversity of colleagues and ideas at this year’s Annual Meeting will be astounding. If you haven’t checked out the Preliminary Program, you should. The Program Committee worked hard to put together a fabulous line up of sessions, speakers, and tours of area museums. Due to an important grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, WMA will be co-hosting this year’s conference with the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums (ATALM). We will also be working with the Pacific Island Museums Association, and this partnership will bring colleagues to the conference from around the Pacific Rim, including Guam, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. This year’s Annual Meeting will be jam-packed with great content and opportunities to exchange ideas with wide variety of museum professionals.
Before or after the Annual Meeting, I encourage you to enjoy all that Hawai’i has to offer. From beaches, to volcanoes, and tropical forests, but don’t forget – the islands have over 100 museums, historic houses and cultural centers!
Personally, I’m heading to the North Shore afterward to safely lounge under the shady branches of palm trees :)
Jason B. Jones
Western Museums Association