OMA-WaMA Joint Virtual Conference 2021
A Changed Landscape, A Changed Museum
September 13-15, 2021
Oregon Museums Association (OMA) and Washington Museum Association (WaMA) are excited to join forces to host our 2021 Conference: A Changed Landscape, A Changed Museum.
This past year changed us all, as we grappled with COVID-19, systemic racism, political strife, and climate change. We progress into 2021 with the news of vaccinations and re-openings, and with a new sense of hope. As we emerge into a changed landscape, we can use our re-opening momentum to become changed museums.
three days of learning, collaborating and networking with keynote speakers, 12 sessions and four pre-conference
include accessibility, racial justice,
of the heritage field, COVID-19 recovery, advocacy, fundraising, and
digital education. The conference also features structured networking opportunities and the OMA annual member
and cultural heritage organizations are transforming to rise to the
potential of our current moment and the watershed events of 2020. Last
year, a collective of museum workers came together to address specific
challenges facing museums and cultural organizations in the wake of the
COVID-19 pandemic and calls for social justice following the murder of
George Floyd. The group, made up of representatives from seven (7)
unique museum equity-centered projects, pooled their strengths and
resources together in a collective effort to build a field-wide
dialogue, which culminated in a virtual event called “collective
Keynote speakers Jackie and Aletheia are Pacific Northwest-based cultural heritage workers who joined this nationwide coalition to push the conversation in the field to focus on collective liberation, and will be presenting on their experience. The conversation will address events leading up to this moment of change and invite attendees to reflect on the ways we might seize current momentum to effect lasting change that takes root and flourishes across our industry. Conference attendees are encouraged to join the discussion about how coalition organizing can help us manifest the change we wish to see in the museum field, and can prepare by thinking about the following:
Keynote bio: Jackie Peterson
Jackie Peterson (she/her) is an independent museum consultant with a focus on exhibit development, curation, and writing for history museums, historic sites, and other cultural institutions. With over a decade of exhibits experience, she has worked nationally with museums, communities, and stakeholders to uncover and illuminate meaningful stories and create authentic, truthful, and enlightening exhibitions. Jackie leverages the power of language and narrative to create exhibitions that attest to the nuances of our human experience, spark conversation, and bring people together. Much of Jackie’s independent work has focused on storytelling through exhibitions highlighting the experiences and lives of African Americans in Washington State, including the award-winning Bold as Love: Jimi Hendrix at Home exhibition at the Northwest African American Museum and HistoryLink.org's Central District walking tour.
Keynote bio: Aletheia Wittman
Aletheia Wittman (she/her) is an independent consultant helping cultural heritage organizations navigate inclusive transformation and use lessons from their institutional genealogies to take action. She co founded The Incluseum in 2012 and currently acts as co-director. Wittman previously worked at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, WA from 2017-2020 and from 2012-2016 she managed exhibits as well as youth and family programming for the Seattle Architecture Foundation (SAF). Aletheia holds an MA in Museology from the University of Washington.
Photos from the 2019 Annual Conference
“This was a great first conference. I'm excited for years to come!”
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"This conference was a big step up in professionalism and impact. Quality of the sessions was particularly high. OMA fulfills an important niche in strengthening relationships across the state.”
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