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November 27, 2022

Installation view, Many Wests, Whatcom Museum. Photo: Christopher Scarborough
Written by Amy Chaloupka, Curator of Art, Whatcom Museum
The Whatcom Museum is truly honored to receive the 2022 Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Award for Exhibition Excellence for Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea. We proudly accepted the award this past October at the Western Museums Association (WMA...
November 14, 2022

Congratulations to WMA's 2022 Leadership Award recipient Dr. John H. Falk!
This past October, more than 400 attendees gathered at WMA's 2022 Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. After an afternoon filled with pre-conference tours and workshops, the first full-day of learning sessions and networking events started off early morning with the 2022 General Opening Session & Keynote.
Followed by...
November 9, 2022

For museums, credit and debit card payment acceptance can be a significant expense. This article is designed to provide a clearer perspective on the cost components involved, the pricing methodologies of merchant service providers, and some pros and cons of software companies integrating payments into their offering. Further, we will explore the merchant statement and leverage industry knowledge...
October 24, 2022

Dear WMA 2022 Annual Meeting Volunteers,
On behalf of the Western Museums Association (WMA) Board of Directors, staff, and members, I want to thank you for your work as a volunteer at the WMA 2022 Annual Meeting in Portland. WMA’s Annual Meeting provides museum professionals an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices, network with colleagues, and learn from others across the Western...
August 26, 2022

Over the course of four consecutive days, attendees at WMA’s 2022 Annual Meeting will hear from colleagues in a variety of fields during informative sessions, will get hands-on experience in Pre-Conference Workshops, tour some of Portland’s finest institutions, and connect with other museum folk.
But every year, a major highlight for many attendees is the fun and engaging Evening Events! This...
August 10, 2022

The Western Museums Association (WMA) is currently seeking enthusiastic volunteers for our 2022 Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon! Every year, WMA's volunteers play an integral part in the success of the conference. Volunteers help to set a positive tone and foster meaningful experiences and interactions for our attendees.
Why volunteer?
Volunteering is a great way to meet and network with a...
July 29, 2022

Have you already registered for WMA’s 2022 Annual Meeting, but would like to add another ticketed event or two, to your existing registration packet? Well, you still can!
Below, you’ll find a list of all pre-conference happenings, educational events, and socializing activities that you can attend at WMA 2022 (including event descriptions, locations, and costs), and instructions on how to add...
July 20, 2022

This fall, WMA will welcome museum professionals as they arrive in Portland, Oregon for four days of learning and connecting at the 2022 Annual Meeting.
On Thursday, October 8th, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in pre-conference happenings throughout the day and come evening, attend the Opening Reception and the Opening Progressive Party in New Chinatown/Japantown. Hosted by...

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