Washington Museum Association Annual Meeting

June 12-14, 2024
Vancouver, WA

This year, we reflect on museums as places that amplify. As cultural spaces, museums bring diverse groups of people together. They provide platforms where hidden and underrepresented stories are illuminated and provide thought-provoking exhibits and programs that inspire new or different ways of perceiving the world. Museums are not simply conduits or receptors; they can ignite action. They are built with dedication and love from employees and volunteers who facilitate, maintain, and manage operations to make these significant exchanges occur.

As professionals, volunteers, students, and emerging professionals, many of us are drawn to our work because museums have amplified our sense of vocation. We find ourselves caught up in the passion for preserving and promoting art, history, science and curating experiences in children’s museums in the communities we serve. In choosing this path, we join in the work of generations before us with the responsibility of continuing a legacy. As we reflect on museums as places that amplify, let us also consider our place in it.

  • How did we find our source of inspiration to become the advocates and stewards that we are today?
  • How might we share, encourage, and inspire the next generation into action?
  • How do we share our experiences and institutional knowledge in continuation with our colleagues?

Call for Proposals

You are invited to submit a session proposal for the WaMA Annual Conference 2024. To propose a session, fill out this session proposal form by Monday, January 29, 2024.

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.

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

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