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


Fresh News From WaMA

Deadlines Coming Soon

Have you visited or been part of a groundbreaking exhibition in Washington this year? 

Apply today
WaMA celebrates excellence in museum exhibitions every year at the annual conference. 
All applications must be postmarked by February 15, 2019.

Last year’s winners include:

Northwest Nikkei Museum at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington, Unsettled—Resettled: Seattle’s Hunt Hotel

Skagit County Historical MuseumIn the Valley of Mystic Light

Whatcom Museum, People […]

WaMA Member Survey- We Want to Hear from You!

WaMA Member Survey
We Want to Hear from You!

Give us feedback on your WaMA membership and be entered in a

drawing to win FREE registration to our 2019 WaMA Conference

in Spokane (valued at $150).

Take the Survey Now

Conference Reflections from Our 2018 Scholarship Recipients

This year King County’s 4Culture and the WaMA Scholarship Program teamed up to bring emerging museum professionals to the WaMA conference in Bellingham, WA.

My WaMA Reflections

by Grayson Dirk (he/his/him)

This June at the Washington Museum Association conference in Bellingham, I had the awesome opportunity to briefly present my research on taking risks in pursuit of diversity and inclusion. Being just […]

2018 WaMA Conference Report from President Freya Liggett

It takes “village people” to make an exceptional conference. On the surface, each Washington Museum Association conference is simply a collective of professionals coming together motivated by their dedication to improving the museum field. We educate, entertain and inspire, exactly what we do back home at our own museums, big or small, all across the state. Our gracious conference hosts open their doors, the presenters prepare their sessions and members, vendors and sponsors arrive. It’s a good start, but not quite enough alone.

What makes a conference truly exceptional are the goofy, unscripted moments and […]

WaMA 2019 Annual Conference Spokane, WA June 19-21

Visit Spokane

WaMA 2019 Annual Conference
Spokane, WA
June 19-21

Mark Your Calendars

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) is pleased to host the 2019 Washington Museum Association Conference. Please join us in sunny Spokane for […]

Why I can’t wait for the 2018 Conference in Bellingham… Otherwise known as “all the food I am going to eat.”

Why I can’t wait for the 2018 Conference in Bellingham…
Otherwise known as “all the food I am going to eat.”

By Stephanie Button, WaMA Board Member

I love Bellingham. I went to college at Western and I loved every minute of it.

While my nostalgic memories of Bellingham are rooted in my college experience, Bellingham is so much more than just a college-town and she earns her nickname, the City of Subdued Excitement. Bellingham is gorgeous! It is nestled between mountains and the sea and on a clear day, you can see Mt. Baker from […]

Introducing the 2018 Keynote Speaker: Professor David Jepsen

Northwest native David Jepsen, who teaches Pacific Northwest and U.S. history at Tacoma Community College, will discuss his new book, Contested Boundaries: a New Pacific Northwest History. Attendees will be fascinated by his informative approach to Pacific Northwest history.

“The Pacific Northwest has always been a sub-story within the larger American West story. We think it deserves more. We think it’s unique, first, in its diversity… It’s one of the most diverse regions in the country. ‘Contested Boundaries’ is an attempt to give (the region) a thematic structure,” said Jepsen. 

“Contested Boundaries” was coauthored […]

Free Event: Beyond the Classroom Symposium, June 8, Bellingham

The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention invites you to attend:

Beyond the Classroom Symposium, June 8, 2018

NGSS and Field Trip Foundations

As informal educators, we have the ability to reach students in profound and unique ways. We have the power to transform the way they think, broaden their perspectives, and introduce them to a world of learning outside the classroom. This responsibility can be daunting, and how to align our approach with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) introduces entirely new challenges for all of us.

Join us at “Beyond the Classroom,” a […]

9/7 Workshop – Spotlight on Disaster Recovery Planning for Cultural Resources

Spotlight on Disaster Recovery Planning For Cultural Resources

Washington State Historical Society, Heritage Outreach Workshop
Presented in Partnership with the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and the Washington State Emergency Management Division

Thursday, September 7, 2017, 10 AM to 2 PM.

$15.00. Registration includes Museum Admission

Washington State History Museum, Peter Simpson Board Room


The destruction of cultural resources from a disaster event causes remorse and hardship that impedes the recovery of the community.  It is the preservation of these resources that gives each community its unique character plus a sense of place and well-being.  We […]

American Alliance of Museums – Act Now: Help Fight Proposed Elimination of IMLS, NEH and NEA



Trump Budget Proposes Billions in Cuts, Including Elimination of IMLS, NEH and NEA

This morning, the Trump Administration formally proposed eliminating the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in its preliminary budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018. These eliminations are part of a package that the administration projects would cut $54 billion in domestic spending in order to offset an […]