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Annual Conference

Western Museums Association (WMA) 2022 Annual Meeting, in partnership with OMA

October 6-9, 2022
Hilton Hotel, Portland, OR

With the theme of FORWARD, WMA's 2022 Annual Meeting will focus on the ways museums can be adaptable, FORWARD-thinking institutions.

With 36 sessions, 2 keynotes, 4 evening events, 2 tours, and many new opportunities to share content with colleagues and make in-person connections, #WMA2022 will be a fun and creative gathering of museum folk.

  • Members and non-members: $450
  • Student: $200
  • Single day: $225

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    Silent Auction donations

    At each OMA conference we hold a Silent Auction to earn money for scholarships to the next year's conference. Here's some ideas of what you could donate:

    • Tickets or yearly membership to your museum
    • Passes to tours, events, entertainment and activities
    • Gift cards for food, wine, beer, etc.
    If you'd like to donate, please send an email to: connect@oregonmuseums.org.


    The Annual Meeting will be held at the Hilton Portland Downtown.

    See the WMA website for details and to make reservations.

    Carpool and stay with colleagues

    Looking for a roommate to share hotel costs? Do you live in Portland and have a spare room to offer? Want to carpool to Portland?

    To use the forum, please log into your OMA account, and then click on the red "Subscribe to Forum" button. Need help? Check out our FAQs, or email us at connect@oregonmuseums.org.

    Sponsorship opportunities

    See the sponsorship page.
    • Level 1: $15000 -OMA lounge
    • Level 2: $1000 - OMA lunch
    • Level 3: $500 - Happy hour/Meet ups
    • Level 4: $250 - For small businesses only
    • Scholarship: $750 - Scholarships

    See our sponsorship flyer for more details.


    • August 12, 2022 - To include logo in final program


    WMA is looking for volunteers for the conference. Volunteers must serve a minimum of four hours, and will receive equal time attendance to the conference (work four hours, get four hours of conference access).

    • If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Stacy Nalley, Volunteer Coordinator, at wma@westmuse.org.

    Photos from the 2021 OMA-WaMA Joint Virtual Conference

    Comments from 2021 Joint Virtual Conference attendees

    “I found the conference overall very interesting and appreciated the level of  involvement between speakers and the audience.”

    “I really enjoyed the conference. I appreciated it being remote. That allowed me  to attend. I appreciated the captioning making sessions accessible.”

    "It's great to have collaboration and I hope it continues in the future -- between  OMA and WaMA, as well as with other museum associations!!”

    Past Conferences

    2021: A Changed landscape, A Changed Museum

    September 13-15, 2021

    2019: Finding Common Ground

    September 15-17, 2019
    John Day, OR

    2018: Resilience: Responding to Change

    September 9, 10 and 11, 2018
    Hood River, OR

    Conference Schedule

    2017: Dialogue

    September 10-12, 2017
    Astoria, OR

    2016: Engage!

    October 2015
    Eugene, OR

    Conference Schedule

    2015: Telling the Whole Story

    Diversity and Change in Today's Museums
    October 11-13, 2013
    Pendleton, OR

    Conference Schedule

    2014: Connecting & Collaborating

    Inspiring Museums for New Generations
    October 26-28, 2014
    Portland, OR

    Conference Schedule

    2012: Museums & the New Normal: Building Relevance in Your Community

    October 28-30, 2012

    Ashland, OR

    Conference Schedule

    2011: The Sustainable Museum: People, Environment, Economy

    October 16-18, 2011
    Philomath, OR

    Conference Schedule

    2007: Lifelong Learning

    October 21, 22, 2007
    Astoria, OR

    Conference Schedule

    2022 Conference sponsors

    Bryan Potter Design logo

    Mason Bee logo

    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8604, Portland, OR 97207
    Contact: connect@oregonmuseums.org 
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