Annual Conference Scholarship

Download Application

To apply for a scholarship, download and complete the form. PDF applications are encouraged.E-mail completed applications to:

If mailing an application, complete and return 1 original form and 3 copies (four total) of your application.

WaMA Awards Committee: c/o Betsy Millard, Director
Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
PO Box 153, Ilwaco, WA  98624

All nominations must be postmarked or emailed by 3 April, 2015



Plan to Attend: Arts & Heritage Day 2017

Mark your calendar to join our partners in art and heritage in Olympia for the annual Arts & Heritage Day events.

Legislative Reception
Tuesday, February 7
5:00 – 7:00 PM
State Capital Museum, Coach House
211 21st Avenue SW, Olympia

Arts &  Heritage Day
Wednesday, February 8

For more details follow this link:

Nov-Member Mixer, Moses Lake (11-4-16)


Join Us for WaMA’s
Nov-Member Mixer in Moses Lake!

Meet up with fellow museum wranglers, exchange tips and news, and hear what’s new with the Washington Museum Association while checking out Moses Lake, the site of our 2017 conference.

WaMA Nov-Member Mixer
Friday, November 4, 6-8 pm
Porterhouse Steakhouse
217 N. Elder St., Moses Lake, WA 98837

R&O Cowboy Cookout $25 per person.
Banquet style dinner based on the pioneer days of cooking. Sample flavors of our history, featuring Brisket, BBQ ribs, Cookie’ corn, baked beans, and corn bread. A tribute to the great Bob Ottmar, a must […]

2016 WaMa Conference ReCap

2016 Conference Recap

Time seems to fly faster with each year.  The Fall Equinox has passed us and the turning leaves provide evidence that the Summer has transitioned into Fall.  We started our summer with the 2016 WaMA Annual Conference in Tacoma, the City of Destiny, and for us, the city of Museumland!  After all, where can you find so many museums in such a concentrated area within Washington State?  Our conference was appropriately based at the Washington State History Museum, which graciously offered its facilities to our use complementary.  In fact, all venues we held events at, the Museum […]

Moses Lake Selected for WaMA 2017 Conference

Mark your calendar now for the 2017 WaMA Conference! June 21-23 in Moses Lake. More details to come soon

Scholarship & Award Nomination Deadline Extended to May 20

Don’t be late for this very important date! Deadlines Extended to MAY 20!

Apply for a WaMA Conference Scholarship by May 20

Nominate a colleague for an Award of Excellence by May 20

TODAY May 7 – Last day for conference hotel specials

Book your conference rooms TODAY and take advantage of special discounted rates from our conference hotel partners.


Early Bird Conference Registration Extended to May 20


We’re late… for a very important date!

Ever fall down the rabbit hole? We know how you feel! That’s why we’re extending the 2016 WaMA Conference Registration period to May 20. Get your museum crew registered soon to enjoy the discounted rates.

Online Conference Registration

Please note! The discounts from our hotel partners still expire May 7.

Hotel Discount Details

Deadlines for scholarships & awards is April 30!

Want to attend WaMA’s annual conference but not sure you can afford it?  Apply for a scholarship!  Know about an amazing exhibit, event, or colleague who really wowed you and inspired you?  Nominate it or them for an 2016 Award of Excellence!

Deadlines for these annual opportunities is April 30, 2016.  Learn more here!

Free & low cost trainings through the Secretary of State

Free and low cost trainings aimed to improve Washington’s nonprofits are now available statewide, thanks to a partnership between the Secretary of State’s office and Washington Nonprofits.  Workshops, webinars, and conference calls are available over the next few months to connect you to practical expertise on topics important  to organizations of any size or budget.  Some topics you can learn more about include board roles & duties, reading financials, and how to get your board excited about fundraising.  Check out the calendar of trainings and register through their website at

If your board is short on time, consider asking […]

Heritage Caucus welcomes Rep. Steve Tharinger!

This year we welcome Rep. Steve Tharinger of District 23 as a new Heritage Caucus co-chair.  He joins long-time caucus co-chair Sen. Jim Honeyford, of District 15,  in 2016 for the second half of the Washington State Legislature’s biennium.  Ask your district legislators to attend!