• 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. View the 2019 FINAL Program.

The theme of the 2019 Annual Meeting was ENGAGE, and focused on the ways in which museums engaged with their communities, staff, and other institutions. Topics 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

Next year, the 2020 Annual Meeting will be held in Portland, Oregon on October 8th-11th, in partnership with the Oregon Museums Association. With the theme of FORWARD, WMA 2020 will focus on the ways museums can be adaptable and FORWARD-thinking institutions. 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.

With this in mind, we ask you to please help strengthen the WMA Community by submitting a session or workshop proposal for our 2020 Annual Meeting. 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!