WMA 2024: Take a Sneak Peek at This Year’s Events!

Over the course of four consecutive days at WMA’s 2024 Annual Meeting, headquartered at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, attendees will attend a fantastic lineup of engaging, informative sessions, and can participate in multifaceted learning opportunities including the perennially popular Poster Session, casual Roundtable Discussions, and hands-on Activity Stations.

Before the sessions commence, attendees can begin their time at WMA 2024 with collaborative Pre-Conference Workshops or enjoy going behind-the-scenes during Pre-Conference Tours at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, the Arizona History Museum, and a combined tour at the University of Arizona Museum of Art and the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block.

But every year, major highlights for many attendees are the fun, engaging Evening Events; and this year, attendees will be transported outside, into the sunny city where they will experience the unique history, art, and community found within some of Tucson’s most iconic cultural institutions.


Here’s a sneak peek of this year’s WMA 2024 Evening Events.

Wednesday, September 25, 2024

On opening night, attendees will be warmly welcomed to the Ventana Canyon Resort followed by an evening at Tohono Chul.

Be welcomed to Tucson at Tohono Chul, a 49-acre Sonoran Desert Oasis, and a charming crossroads of nature, art, and culture. The vibrant offerings at Tohono Chul will awaken your senses. Stroll along winding paths past soaring Saguaros, through themed botanical gardens, and marvel at a chance encounter with a resident hummingbird. Enjoy a quiet retreat in the artfully designed relaxation spots sprinkled throughout the grounds. Various art and garden exhibits reveal the unique qualities of the Sonoran region and renew a deep appreciation for the treasures of the desert. Docents and volunteers will be on-hand to enhance the experience and guide attendees through this desert paradise.

$60 per ticket, includes beverages, hearty appetizers, and dessert.


Thursday, September 26, 2024

On Thursday, Kick back with WMA at Ventana Canyon Resort! After the first full conference day, find your BALANCE by taking it easy with libations, hearty appetizers, and an exciting mix of activities and educational offerings to connect with fellow attendees. Find space to unwind with a short film series highlighting the amazing work of our colleagues at the Anchorage Museum and the Burke Museum. Learn about Kumeyaay culture through playing traditional games. Attend the session “Championing New Pride Programming” and dream up your own drag number. Through it all, forge new connections, find old friends, and recharge—with no need to rush to catch that last event shuttle.

$40 per ticket, includes beverages and hearty appetizers.


Friday, September 27, 2024

On the third evening of WMA 2024, embark on an enchanting journey into the world of miniature artistry at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures! Immerse yourself in the Museum’s newest exhibition, STAGES OF IMAGINATION: The Iconic Broadway Designs of David Korins, which focuses on the role of miniatures in the design process of Hamilton, Beetlejuice, Dear Evan Hanson, Here Lies Love, and The Who’s Tommy. Grab a delicious bite to eat from local food trucks and a refreshing beverage from the bar. Channel your inner Broadway star with karaoke in the Enchanted Realm and dabble in the art of miniature making with Miniature Make-N-Take Kits.

$40 per ticket, includes beverages, food truck options, and dessert.


Saturday, September 28, 2024

During the final night of WMA 2024, attendees will find inspiration in Tucson's historic downtown during this combination walking tour and reception. Attendees will start at the Presidio Museum and in small, docent led groups tour the re-created Spanish Presidio. Tours will then lead attendees along the original Presidio foundation to see the Historic Pima County Courthouse, the January 8th Memorial, and many early historic homes. The walking tours will end at the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block to enjoy the galleries with food and drinks.

$50 per ticket, includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages.


Each of these Evening Events requires pre-registration.

Please register here or click the button below.

We look forward to welcoming you to Tucson!


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Download the WMA2024 Preliminary Program