• 2020 Annual Meeting


    Portland, Oregon |  October 8-11, 2020

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.

The recent 2019 Annual Meeting was held in Boise, ID on October 4th-7th. The 2019 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. The theme was ENGAGE, and focused on the ways in which museums engaged with their communities, staff, and other institutions. View the 2019 FINAL Program.

2020 Annual Meeting

Next Fall, the 2020 Annual Meeting will be held in Portland, Oregon on October 8th-11thin partnership with the Oregon Museums Association. With the theme of FORWARD, WMA 2020 will focus on the ways museums can be adaptable, FORWARD-thinking institutions.
What does it mean for a museum to be forward-thinking? What will the museum field look like in years to come? As a collective field capable of inspiring social, cultural, political, environmental, and technological change, the 2020 Annual Meeting, FORWARD, will dig into how museums can foster on-going conversations, inspire forward-thinking ideas, and empower future generations for the betterment of the museum field and our global society.
Today's museums reflect the notion of forward-thinking by:
  • Refining mission statements and values
  • Embracing diversity, equity, inclusivity, and accessibility
  • Acting as agents of social change / social justice / activism
  • Finding new methods of preserving collections
  • Going Green
  • Incorporating new digital technologies into exhibtions and programming
  • Joining into unconventional and innovative partnerships
  • Creating positive and caring work environments for all museum staff, and boards

With these ideas in mind, we ask YOU to please help strengthen the WMA Community by submitting a session or workshop proposal for our 2020 Annual Meeting. The success of the future Annual Meeting relies upon the diversity of presentations, which create a meaningful and content-rich experience for all of the museum professionals who attended. You can submit a session or workshop proposal here.



Awards & Scholarships

Learn more about the 2020 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 2020 opportunities!