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December 2, 2022
Written by 2022 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient Jenna Canals
I can do this. One final affirmation in the mirror before Day 1 of my first conference. My heart is in my throat, my stomach is in my butt, and I’m flooded with equal parts excitement and apprehension. I’m out the door and on my way to the Opening Session and Keynote. I’ve missed most of the morning coffee but my 8 AM “Pep Talk with...
December 2, 2022
Written by 2022 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient Elizabeth Beutel
I had the honor of attending the 2022 WMA Conference in Portland, OR as a Wanda Chin Scholarship Awardee. While there, several events reminded me of an important lesson to keep in mind as I navigate the museum world: Simple questions almost never have simple answers.
I attended sessions by the fantastic presenters. I learned about...
December 2, 2022
Written by 2022 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient Terri Thomas
Thanks to a generous Wanda Chin scholarship, I was privileged to be a first-time attendee at the Western Museums Association annual meeting, where talented museum professionals came together after a prolonged period of separation and shared bold visionary work that reflects the needs of our current times. Like flame licking up the side...
November 30, 2022

With almost every WMA Weekly newsletter, we share out a fun-to-watch Moment of Zen to help brighten up everyone's inbox. Always a popular feature, we wanted to highlight our MOST watched Moments of Zen, taking a look between January 1, 2022, and today.
Of course, none-other than the Golden Girl herself, Betty White, took top place with a variety of adorable, funny animals following suit.
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...


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