Wanda Chin

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...
By Danielle Robbins
We are social creatures. The need to share and connect, to learn and grow because of each other is fundamental to our wellbeing. The act of fulfilling this need is what it means to inspire. To inspire is to influence, and though we can be inspired while alone, it is a circuit only half complete until we share with another in a meaningful way. It was this kind of sharing that...
The Western Museums Association (WMA) supports museum professionals around the Western region (and beyond!). One way we strengthen the field is providing scholarships, a vital component of WMA’s mission, and we need your help! The Wanda Chin Scholarship program funds participation and travel to the Annual Meeting by professionals who might otherwise not be able to attend. Support learning and...
By Jonathan Bucci
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attended the 2013 Annual Meeting
With generous support from the Western Museum Association (WMA) Wanda Chin Scholarship fund, I was able to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City from October 9–12, 2013. The theme of the 2013 conference was Drive On: Museums and the Future. Over the past several years...
The Western Museums Association (WMA) provides enrichment and forums for communication and interaction to museum professionals. The Wanda Chin Scholarship program helps fund participation and travel to the WMA 2014 Annual Meeting by professionals who might otherwise not be able to attend. Scholarships are available to members of the field at the student, incoming professional and mid-career...
By Jessica Horowitz
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attended the 2013 Annual Meeting
Jessica Horowitz


Every year, the Western Museum Association (WMA) 2013 Annual Meeting provides valuable learning experiences through its sessions and events. For me, this conference provides the chance to step back and observe the overall field and gain a greater...
By Susannah Dowds
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attended the 2013 Annual Meeting
Susannah during her 2013 internship at the Anasazi State Park Museum in Boulder, Utah


Two days before the Western Museums Association (WMA) 2013 Annual Meeting, I was the only grad student in the Northern Studies offices at midnight. In my last minute packing I remembered that...
By Meris Mullaley
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attended the 2013 Annual Meeting
How many times have you thought, “If only I knew then what I know now, I would have done [blank] differently.”
While perpetual second-guessing is not a productive way to live and work, my recent career change from field archaeologist to museum educator has given me the...
By Marnie Leist
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attended the
2013 Annual Meeting
Marnie Leist at the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, AK.


“So, how did I do when I asked for that donation?”
“What types of charities do you support – museums, churches, social service organizations?”
“Why do you support our museum?”
“What made you decide to give to our museum?”
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