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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 ...
November 21, 2023
Written by: Jessica Conn, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix & WMA 2023 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient
When the opportunity to attend the WMA conference presented itself at work, I jumped at the chance. Having spent less than a year in my marketing role at the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, the transition from a non-museum background had been...
November 21, 2023
Written by: Elayne Hinsch, 2023 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient
The excitement of attending the WMA (Western Museums Association) for the first time grew as I arrived in Pasadena, California. As a recipient of the Wanda Chin Scholarship, I was grateful for this opportunity. The scholarship allowed me the privilege to attend the conference by offsetting the cost. I pondered how WMA differed from...
November 20, 2023

This past October, WMA welcomed over 400 attendees to the WMA 2023 Annual Meeting, in Pasadena, CA for four days of networking, learning, and connecting. During the Opening General Session and keynote, WMA presented the Arizona Historical Society (AHS) with the 2023 Charles Redd Center Award for Exhibition Excellence, for their work on the exhibition: Rebuilding Home Plate: Baseball in Arizona’s...
October 30, 2023

WMA Board of Directors at the 2023 Annual Meeting in Pasadena, CA.
Do you have a vision for the future of museums? Are you passionate about strengthening museums to help them serve their diverse communities? Or are you looking to get further involved in the museum field, while helping to serve your institution and colleagues?
If so, then you’d be a perfect fit for WMA’s Board of Directors, and...
October 17, 2023

Dear WMA 2023 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 2023 Annual Meeting in Pasadena, CA.
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...


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