By: Irene Rodriguez
As March 22 and 23 were approaching, I was looking forward to meeting again with my WMA Program Committee colleagues and discussing the potential sessions and creating an energizing Annual Meeting for Palm Springs (especially since my institution will be one of the hosting venues).
Before the Program Committee (PC) meeting, work needed to be accomplished from the discussion at...
Building Arts Organizations That Build Audiences: A Wallace Foundation Conference

It's one thing to introduce new audience development practices, another to sustain what works. A just-published Wallace conference report suggests that ongoing learning and adaptation are crucial.
From sponsoring after-hour events for 20-somethings to finding “ambassadors” to ethnic communities, arts organizations...
Getting Cultural Heritage on the National Agenda:
A Case Study from Vanuatu by Ralph Regenvanu

The Honorable Ralph Regenvanu (MP, Minister of Justice and Community Services, Vanuatu) speaks about the innovative cultural and economic initiatives in his country and the region that attempt to "mainstream" cultural heritage in national policy. He reflects on his transition into politics from his...
On January 15th, session and workshop proposals were due for the WMA Annual Meeting, held later this year in Palm Springs; Restore and Rejuvenate: Our Cultural & Natural Resources.
But what happens after the well-crafted proposals are sent in? Do they go into a vacuum only to hear a yea or ney many months later? Not on your life! One of the reasons why I joined the Program Committee this year...
Embedded below is Dr. Suzanne Bott's presentation for the very popular session Spirit of Place and Reconciliation at WMA 2011 in Hawaii.

Matt Mattice, Executive Director, King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center
Dr. Suzanne Bott, Planner, National Park Service
Janice Kelsey, Director of Ministry, Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church
Keahe Davis, Education Specialist, King...
Western Museums Association Annual Meeting:
October 21nd – 24th, 2012 – Palm Springs, CA

It is with great pleasure and anticipation that the Western Museums Association releases the session proposal forms for our 2012 Annual Meeting!  It is time to get all of those inspired ideas onto paper.  What are the big topics in your field right now?  Who are the people that are making things happen?  ...
By: Jason B. Jones After a few weeks of reflecting on WMA 2011 in Hawai’i, I am still excited by what was an amazing Annual Meeting – and an international event! Presented in collaboration with the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, the 2011 WMA Annual Meeting was also co-hosted by the Hawai’i Museums Association and the Pacific Islands Museums Association. With four...
By: Nicole Trudeau
It was a pleasure to be a part of the WMA Annual Meeting in Hawaii! I presented during the session Brand Experience: Creating an Institutional Identity:
Nicole Trudeau, Senior Designer, J. Paul Getty Museum
Karin Moughamer, Campus Outreach Coordinator, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington
Tomas Ancona, Principal, Ancona + Associates...
One of the many well received sessions at WMA 2011 in Hawaii was Models of Collaboration. Below is the list of Presenters, description from the Program, and Rory Ruppert's PowerPoint. Many thanks to Rory for letting us share it here.

Berit Ness, Program Coordinator, Washington Art Consortium
Adrienne McGraw, Executive Director, Exhibit Envoy
Rory Ruppert, Director of Environmental...
            If you didn't see it, Dr Manulani Aluli Meyer - this years Opening Keynote Speaker - provided us with the entire text of her amazing talk. Were you a Presenter at WMA 2011 in Hawaii? Do you want to share your PowerPoint, text of your speech, or a recap of your session? We would love to put it up here at the WestMuse blog, and...


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