• 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     View the 2019 Annual Report

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2020 Annual Meeting

This 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.
WMA 2020 Website logos-01.jpgToday's museums reflect the notion of FORWARD-thinking by:
  • Refining mission statements & values
  • Embracing diversity, equity, inclusivity, & accessibility
  • Acting as agents of social change, social justice, & activism
  • Finding new methods of preserving collections
  • Going Green
  • Incorporating new digital technologies into exhibtions & programming
  • Joining into unconventional & innovative partnerships
  • Creating positive & caring work environments for all museum staff & boards

Registration & Rates

Registration for WMA 2020 will open in June, 2020. The rates are listed as follows:
  • Member - Early Bird: $350 (by July 31st)
  • Member - Regular: $400 (after July 31st)
  • Non-Member: $450
  • Student: $200
  • Single Day: $225

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

NOTE: We are no longer accepting Session or Workshop Proposals for WMA 2020.




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!