Impact Award

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2019 Impact Award Recipient Tricia Canaday (center-right) with
(L-R) WMA Executive Director Jason B. Jones, WMA Board President Anne Rowe,
and WMA Board Member / VP of Programs and Innovations at Thanksgiving Point Lorie Millward

WMA Impact Award

The new WMA Impact Award will be presented at the Annual Meeting to a current mid-career museum professional who has a minimum of ten years’ experience in the field. The award recognizes an individual’s work on a specific project or program, efforts to bring about organizational change, or leadership within the community having a significant, positive effect on their museum, the surrounding community, or the museum field in the Western region. The award includes a $1,500 stipend to aid in the awardee’s continuing professional development. The awardee will address attendees during in a General Session and be featured in the conference program and on the WMA website. (Learn about the inspiration behind creating the Impact Award in our WestMuse Blog.)


With the continued impact of the global pandemic and the spread of COVID-19, WMA is postponing the 2021 Annual Meeting, which had been scheduled for Pasadena, California, and we are actively planning a return to Pasadena in a future year.
Therefore, we are not accepting award applications this year.
For now, please to focus on yourself, your museum, and your community.


Eligibility Requirements

  1. Nominee should have a minimum of ten (10) years in a museum or museum-related field and be currently active in the profession
  2. Nominee can be working in any museum discipline: administration, collections management, community engagement, curatorial, development, editorial, education, exhibitions, human resources, marketing/public relations, museum studies, etc
  3. Nominee must be available to attend the Annual Meeting to receive the award


Selection Criteria

The selection of the WMA Impact Award recipient is based on the following criteria:
  1. Developed or implemented an innovative project, program, or exhibition that creatively addressed an issue or subject matter and has had a positive impact on members of a community and/or the public at large
  2. Shows a commitment to fostering open and respectful discussion among colleagues and members of a community and/or the public to help create a more inclusive and just society
  3. Maintains a high standard of excellence and demonstrates exemplary initiative, dedication, and leadership
  4. Promotes the cultural importance of museums through their work

NOTE: Nominations can be submitted by a museum professional at any level, but individuals cannot self-nominate.
(Current staff and trustees of the Western Museum Association are not eligible for nomination)


Previous Impact Award Recipients

2019: Tricia Canaday
2018: Ann Craig - read her Museum Resolutions Blog Post


Please contact WMA at (707) 433-4701 or for more information, questions, or comments about the Impact Award.

Initial funding for the IMPACT AWARD is being provided by the Volver Trust