Annual Meeting


Everyone who registers for the 2018 Annual Meeting before Saturday, June 30 will be entered to win 2 tickets to the Evening Event of thier choice (value of $100). 
This year's evening events feature three incredible Tacoma museums:
Museum of Glass, Washington State History Museum and the Foss Waterway Martime Museum. 
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Here's a preview of what awaits you at these museums: 

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by Azha Simmons
Since my time as a graduate student I’ve enjoyed attending museum conferences and the Western Museums Association Annual Meeting is one of my favorites. My attendance at this conference was very special, because I recently graduated from my Museum Studies program from John F. Kennedy University. I was no longer attending the conference as a student, but as a new emerging museum...
by Christina Ayson
Attending academic conferences as a doctoral student can be a daunting experience. Navigating the various codes of etiquette, the theory driven panels, and networking amongst senior faculty from elite institutions is intimidating. I have often left these conferences more tired than invigorated. WMA was different; I felt inspired, challenged, and integral to the progression of...
At this year's annual meeting, we had the pleasure of hosting our Keynote Speaker, Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham. As the Co-founder and Creative Director of Museum Hue, an organization dedicated to the advancement of people of color through the arts, Stephanie utilizes museums and other cultural entities as a medium for discussions on power and privilege as it relates to the arts sector. Her...
Dear WMA 2018 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 2018 Annual Meeting in Tacoma. WMA’s Annual Meeting provides museum professionals an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices, network with colleagues, and learn more about museums in the Western...
Marjorie Schwarzer is the receipient of this year's Leadership Award. She is the Administrative Director for the Museum Studies program at University of San Francisco.
I've been thinking about all the people—mentors, teachers, family, friends, colleagues upon whose shoulders I stand and of the people upon whose shoulders all you stand as well.  And of all the people who will come after us and...

by Hillary Ryan, Communications and Programs Strategist
This year’s Annual Meeting theme is INSPIRE and I think that’s exactly what you’ll feel after listening to Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham’s keynote address- inspired.
As an older EMP (I off-ramped for 10 years to raise a family) I came back to the museum field thinking that the hope for change that I had shared with my graduate school peers...

The WMA 2018 Annual Meeting will feature a great selection of workshops and sessions that will help you learn more skills and gain insights about the business aspects of museums. If you are interested in development, marketing, or membership, consider planning your schedule to include these offerings. 
WorkshopSunday
9:00 am- 4:00 pm Small Museum Legal Tool Kit
SessionsMonday
11:00 am-12:15...

The future of collections has become a major discussion point in the museum community. From the museum scene in Black Panther to the strong opinions being expressed about deaccessiong, unpacking conversations about museum collections is highlighted in this year's Annual Meeting,
Join your colleagues in unpacking the challenges and opportunities of museum collections of all shapes and sizes in...

Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham and Museum Hue
by Hillary Ryan, Communications and Programs Strategist
In 2015, Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham co-founded Brooklyn-based Museum Hue as a collective of people of color to come together to talk about what was happening at their institutions and to visit and explore other museums and arts organizations. Since then, Museum Hue has evolved to become an arts...

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