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February 7, 2019
by Kate Wilson
Reflecting on the experience of attending my first Western Museums Association conference was more galvanizing and also more overwhelming than I had expected. It brought me back to Tacoma and the excitement and invigoration I experienced in the array of sessions and discussions. With everything I learned there, it also made me realize there is so much work to be done, in terms of...
January 31, 2019
by Holly Nicolaisen
Choosing to attend the Western Museums Association Annual Meeting was an easy decision, especially as a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship. However, choosing which sessions to attend was difficult.
I attempted to balance sessions that I thought made sense for an early career museum educator in a small community museum, with sessions that I thought would inspire me. I think...
January 28, 2019
A museum industry leader in the response to climate change, the Anchorage Museum is working to create and highlight radical new forms of research, practice, placemaking, and public art as ways to engage the public around ideas affecting our changing landscapes.
The Arctic is warming on average at a rate twice as fast as the rest of the world, has seen the deepest impact, and will continue to warm...
January 24, 2019
by Timothy Hecox
Attending the Western Museums Association (WMA) 2018 Annual Conference in Tacoma, Washington proved to be an inspiring experience. Receiving the Wanda Chin Scholarship provided me with opportunities that will advance my work as a Grants Coordinator at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and as the Board President of the Oregon Museums Association (OMA) – as well as...
January 17, 2019
by Christy Ham
While this year’s theme of the WMA Annual Meeting was Inspire, community was a hot topic of discussion, and it was one that hit home for me. I am new to the museum field and did not quite know what to expect. My adventure into the world of museum professional started in the Fall of 2017 when I took on the newly-created position of Membership & Visitor Experience Supervisor at...
January 10, 2019
by Cara Gallo
After brushing the desert dust off myself, I was promptly anointed with enthusiasm by the splashy drive from Seattle airport – inspiration sparkled as we arrived at the glistening Murano Hotel. The streets aligned with trees of fiery tones illuminated through the shrouding fog, their autumnal hues and aromas began to feed this Jersey girl hankering for fall’s change – absent from my...
January 3, 2019
by Kristine Clark
While it wasn’t the first movie to do so, Night at the Museum (2006) helped popularize the imaginative concepts of nighttime magic and mayhem in the museum for current generations of museumgoers. In the movie, the museum comes to life because of a curse. In Tacoma, the museums came to life because of the WMA conference! With a packed program filling the daytime hours, Tacoma’s...
December 27, 2018
by Alannah DeBusk, Registrar, Sharlot Hall Museum
Whenever I think about what personally inspires me, I always reflect back on the wonderful museums I have visited and the incredible museum professionals I have met and worked with. And where inspiration and museums always collide is at the Western Museums Association’s Annual Meeting. It’s no wonder why the theme for this year’s meeting was...


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