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July 20, 2022

This fall, WMA will welcome museum professionals as they arrive in Portland, Oregon for four days of learning and connecting at the 2022 Annual Meeting.
On Thursday, October 8th, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in pre-conference happenings throughout the day and come evening, attend the Opening Reception and the Opening Progressive Party in New Chinatown/Japantown. Hosted by...
July 11, 2022

With the theme of FORWARD, WMA's 2022 Annual Meeting will focus on the ways museums can be adaptable, FORWARD-thinking institutions, and will be more inclusive and participatory then ever before.
To help set the "key note" of the overall conference experience, WMA's attendees will have the unique opportunitiy to attend the Opening General Session & Keynote with special guest speaker and...
July 11, 2022

What does it mean for a museum to be forward-thinking? How can museum professionals better approach and establish institutional change?
The theme of WMA's 2022 Annual Meeting, FORWARD, will be reinforced and celebrated during the 2022 Closing General Session & Panel. Moderated by Lisa Sasaki, Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and Interim Director of the Smithsonian...
June 13, 2022

Are you a passionate advocate for change, yet frustrated by the barriers you face within your institution?
Taking place at WMA's 2022 Annual Meeting, in Portland, Oregon, Making Change Happen is a small group session facilitated by Mike Murawski (author of Museums as Agents of Change), geared toward helping you map out and navigate your barriers, connect with other amazing changemakers, and gain...
May 11, 2022

The Western Museums Association (WMA) is excited to partner with Thrive Payments to bring better merchant service rates, security, and customer service to our members. As a result of this partnership, every WMA member will have the opportunity to improve upon their existing merchant services program, decrease cost, and increase data security. In addition, every WMA member processing through...
March 21, 2022

St Joseph Museums published their collections to the web in an organized and searchable way.
By Haley Twist, from CatalogIt, a WMA Corporate Member and collections management system (CMS) for museums, conservators, and other organizations based in Oakland, CA.
Here's the truth: On average, over 95% of most museums' collections are not on public display at any given time. With so many historic...
March 2, 2022

It’s March, which also means that it’s Women’s History Month!
What first began in 1980 as a weeklong celebration in California’s Sonoma County, would eventually be recognized in 1995 as a month-long celebration, honoring generations of women and their vital contributions in American history.
Every “Women’s History Month” is designated by a presidential proclamation and is given a yearly theme by...
February 9, 2022

In the year 1915, Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) to disseminate information about black life, history and culture to the global community. Under Woodson’s leadership, ASALH created research and publication outlets for black scholars and established “Negro History Week” – a celebration that took place during the second week...


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