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November 28, 2023
Written by June Pen, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, 2023 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient
I write this while there is a lot of uncertainty and grief in the world. It is hard to stay engaged across the various aspects of my life when things feel so overwhelming. Sometimes it feels like the easiest alternative is to go numb and withdraw from caring and from paying attention, but I...
November 28, 2023
Written by Allison Lambrecht, Registrar, Washington State Historical Society, and WMA 2023 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient
Attending WMA’s annual conference this year was an inspiring experience. It was my first museum conference as an employee of an actual museum and my second ever museum conference (I attended AAM’s annual conference in 2022 while I was still in grad school).
Since high...
November 28, 2023
Written by Makenzie Stewart, EMP, UW Graduate Student, and WMA 2023 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient
The Western Museum Association held its 2023 Annual Meeting in Pasadena this past October, and I was fortunate enough to be awarded the Wanda Chin Professional Development Scholarship to help fund my trip. As a young and anxious graduate student, this was my first ever professional conference, and...
November 28, 2023
Written by Dave Laubenthal, Creative Director at OMSI and WMA 2023 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient
It took three years, but I was finally able to attend my first WMA conference last month in Pasadena. I was originally a part of a session that was scheduled to present in 2020 and, well, we all know what happened that year and how it has forever changed so many of the ways we do the work we do....
November 28, 2023
Written by Aaron Eagles, Store Curator/Manager, S'edav Va'aki Museum, & WMA 2023 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient
I am fortunate to have been to some amazing conferences all over the world, and lucky to have been chosen to attend because of a few different professional positions that I’ve had. A few favorites were: the SMART Cities Conference in Mumbai and Beijing and ASU’s SMART Region...
November 28, 2023
Written by Cory Strawhun, Interim Associate Director and Operations Manager at the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, and WMA 2023 WC Scholarship Recipient
It’s straightforward enough to look at past WMA conferences and programming to think you know what you’ll be getting yourself into over the course of a few days. I also got the inside scoop from past attendees and their experiences. I was...
November 28, 2023
Written by Katie Foggiano, Conservation Services Manager at Balboa Art Conservation Center and WMA 2023 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient
Receiving the scholarship to attend WMA was as exciting as it was terrifying for me. Full transparency: as an introvert, attending a conference where you have to be “on” for four days straight honestly sounds like a waking nightmare. Add to that the state of,...
November 27, 2023

Rounding out almost every WMA Weekly newsletter, we share a fun-to-watch Moment of Bliss to help brighten everyone's email inbox. Every month, we sort through YouTube's massive content library to find short videos that we think our readers will enjoy.
Always a popular feature, we decided to highlight our MOST watched top 5 Moments of Bliss from 2023! In first place, we have the timelapse of a ...


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