• 2019 Annual Meeting


    Boise, Idaho |  October 4-7, 2019

Annual Meeting

The Western Museums Association’s (WMA) Annual Meeting is known as a premier venue for those who work in the museum industry to exchange ideas and best practices, network with colleagues, and learn from each other by attending valuable sessions. Attendees come away inspired and energized about their profession. Upon returning home, they seek out opportunities to grow and further the creative culture that is the foundation of our society.

Discounted rates are for WMA members only. Not a WMA member? Learn more about WMA membership.

The 2019 Annual Meeting will be held in Boise, Idaho on October 4-7 in partnership with the Idaho Association of Museums. With the theme of ENGAGE, WMA 2019 will focus on the ways museums engage with their communities, staff, and other museums. We are currently in the planning phase for WMA 2019.

The 2018 Annual Meeting was held in Tacoma, Washington on October 21-24. The 2018 Program provided a multitude of perspectives representative of today’s museum landscape, and continued the WMA’s rich tradition of provocative programming and educational opportunities. View the 2018 FINAL Program. The theme of the 2018 Annual Meeting was INSPIRE, and focused on the ways museums inspire action, change, and unity.  

This included:

  • Museums as inclusive places
  • Unconventional and innovative partnerships
  • Diversity in exhibits, programming, and on museum staff and boards
  • Museums as agents of social change / social justice
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Activism in museums


Awards & Scholarships

Learn more about 2019 Wanda Chin Scholarships, the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Award for Exhibition Excellence, the WMA Leadership Award, and the new WMA Impact Award.


Partnership Opportunities

Partnering with the WMA offers great exposure to a wide range of museum professionals. Check out our 2019 opportunities!