WaMA’s Annual Conference in Moses Lake!oasis

June 21-23, 2017 “Oasis”

“As you walk through the desert of life, may you always find your oasis…”

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For visitors museums serve as an oasis full of precious items and inspiring stories. They can transport visitors to places far from the everyday world.

But for museum professionals, that place of respite can sometimes be a mirage. Hectic deadlines, limited funds, long hours, and public indifference can lead museum workers to search for well-traveled paths through the desert. Thankfully there are sources of support; like desert blooms, museum professionals are finding ways to tap deep into those sources to restore beauty.

Just as water runs beneath the surface of an arid desert, your WaMA colleagues offer wellsprings to create your personal oasis. Rediscover your personal haven and share it with others at the 2017 WaMA Annual Meeting in Moses Lake, WA.

This year’s Annual Meeting offers your chance to explore the Columbia Basin’s land of contrasts. Where water has nourished the state’s largest agricultural center, it has also nourished the unexpected. From aerospace to data farms, the Columbia Basin never ceases to surprise. The Moses Lake Museum & Art Center, the site of our Annual Meeting, sits at the heart of Eastern Washington’s massive reclamation project, channeling life-giving water to the arid landscape. Originally founded as the Adam East Museum in 1958, the museum has since flourished to provide cultural services for the whole greater Columbia Basin.

When you arrive at the conference you’ll find yourself at the center of a professional oasis, surrounded by peers who have faced similar challenges. Engage with others who are bridging barriers between communities, sharing digital collections, and working with unconventional partners. (Take a break in the massage chair if it all becomes too much!) 

Reinvigorate yourself with a visit from Museum Hack, a band of renegade museum tour guides. Their VIP Guide will discuss how to approach the challenges of engaging new audiences in a shifting cultural climate. Pre-register for one of Museum Hack’s engaging workshops to develop the confidence and skills to tell fascinating stories about your institution from a place of personal connection and passion.

Join WaMA in Moses Lake this summer and leave refreshed and ready to take on the museum world!