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July 11, 2019

Moderated by Scott Stulen, Director & President of the Philbrook Museum of Art, WMA's 2019 General Session Panelists will share their approaches to institutional change, digging deep into the ways museums can ENGAGE with their communities, staff, and other museums.
The 2019 panelists include
Maren Dougherty • Seema Rao • Adam Rozan • Phillip Thompson
To introduce you to the moderator and...
June 14, 2019
Sina Bahram
2019 Keynote Speaker

Sina Bahram is an accessibility consultant, researcher, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Prime Access Consulting (PAC), an accessibility firm whose clients include technology startups, research labs, Fortune-1000 companies, and both private and nationally-funded museums.
Sina has a strong background in computer science, holding undergraduate and graduate...
June 6, 2019

With this year's theme of ENGAGE, the 2019 Annual Meeting will focus on the ways in which museums engage with their communities, staff, and other museums.
Everyone who registers for the 2019 Annual Meeting before Sunday, June 30 will be entered to WIN 2 tickets to the Evening Event of thier choice, valued at $100!
This year's evening events feature three incredible Boise museums:
Idaho State...
May 21, 2019

By WMA Staff
Are you submitting a Poster for WMA 2019? Fantastic! Whether you are a Poster Session pro or this is your first time designing and exhibiting a poster, we at WMA would like to provide you with a variety of tips and tricks on how to make a successful poster, how to present, and how to get the most out of your Poster Session!
WMA 2019 Poster Session Information
Poster Design...
March 26, 2019
At the start of March, the WMA 2019 Program Committee met in Boise, ID for the second and final planning meeting for this year’s Annual Meeting. Our 2019 Program Committee is comprised of a diverse group of museum leaders from all corners of the Western region. Over four very full days—two in January and the other two in March—the Program Committee discussed and reviewed 80+ session proposals,...
February 28, 2019
by Ann Craig
Two months ago we were hearing a lot about new year’s resolutions. Tips on how to keep your resolution seemed especially popular. For example, telling other people your plans is proven to be one of the most successful strategies to keep you accountable. But, with January and February almost behind us, our resolve wanes. We realize how few of us can actually keep a resolution and we’...
February 21, 2019
by Liz Noelani Melicker
The Presidio Trust is incredibly honored that EXCLUSION: The Presidio’s Role in World War II Japanese American Incarceration is the recipient of the 2018 Charles Redd Award from the Western Museums Association. The award is a recognition of our collaborative work with our partners at the Fred T. Korematsu Institute and National Japanese American Historical Society, and our...
February 14, 2019
by Dulce Kersting-Lark

I enjoy attending conferences like WMA 2018 because they combine two things that I love the most: museums and networking. Museums, of course, institutions that anyone reading this blog post have an affinity for. I know I’m not alone in my adoration for the space that museums provide to contemplate one’s place in the world, or their ability to bring beauty into our lives,...


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