Washington Museum Association Annual Meeting Olympia, WA – June 22-24, 2022

Call for Proposals: Deadline Monday, February 21, 2022

Washington Museum Association (WaMA) is excited to return to Olympia, to host an in-person conference: Museums are Essential on June 22-24, 2022. We are currently inviting proposals for presentations, workshops, interactive sessions, or panel discussions. Join WaMA to recognize our sector’s struggles, celebrate our collective successes, and to move toward the future together.

Conference Theme

Emerging from two years of turmoil and change, museums are more integral to their communities than ever before. As a community of professionals, we have explored new technologies, programs, and ideas, while struggling to survive through a series of mandates and closures. Museums have fought through the pandemic to provide history, art, learning, and even more importantly, connection. Each museum and the community they serve is unique. Why is your museum essential? We want to share the stories of museums as a place of connection from across the state. Join us in Olympia to celebrate Washington museums as we navigate this new landscape together.

Call for Proposals

You are invited to submit a session proposal for the WaMA Annual Conference 2022. To propose a session, fill out our Session Proposal Form by Monday February 21, 2022.

Questions or need technical assistance? Email We are here to support you in writing a strong proposal and submitting it successfully.

WaMA aspires to include sessions representing the diversity of museum work across all disciplines/specialties, regions, and museum sizes. We encourage sessions that include multiple presenters. Sessions that relate to the conference theme are especially competitive.

Lectures and panels will be 60 minutes followed by 15 minutes for Q&A. Workshops/ interactive sessions may be 1-2 hours long.

Topics may include but aren’t limited to: community engagement, accessibility, equity, diversity and inclusion, collaboration, exhibit development, strategic planning, collections stewardship, facilities and safety, technology, cultural tourism, interpretation, museum management and leadership, and fundraising.

Note: WaMA conference policy does not allow for reimbursement of expenses. All session participants must register for the conference.