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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.

What does it mean for a museum to be forward-thinking? What will the museum field look like in years to come? As a collective field capable of inspiring social, cultural, political, environmental, and technological change, the 2022 Annual Meeting, FORWARD, will dig into how museums can foster on-going conversations, inspire forward-thinking ideas, and empower future generations for the betterment of the museum field and our global society.


OMA scholarship application will open June 6, 2022.

WMA offers the Wanda Chin scholarship. Applications close May 27, 2022.

Request for proposals


To meet the increasingly complex needs of the museum field, WMA 2022 aims to be more inclusive and participatory to address the need for learning, healing, and connecting in a safe environment. We envision a wide-ranging slate of inspiring activities that speak to your current needs and long-range goals.

How can you contribute? We are currently looking for:

  • Session Proposals
  • Workshop Proposals
  • Poster Session Proposals
  • Flash Talk Proposals
  • Activity Station Proposals
  • Round Table Discussion Hosts
  • Happy Hour Discussion Hosts
  • Your ideas for engagement
  • Read more about each opportunity
Deadline for submission is Friday, April 8, 2022.

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.


  • April 22, 2022 - To include logo in preliminary program
  • August 12, 2022 - To include logo in final program

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

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2017: Dialogue

September 10-12, 2017
Astoria, OR

2016: Engage!

October 2015
Eugene, OR

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2015: Telling the Whole Story

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

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2014: Connecting & Collaborating

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

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

October 28-30, 2012

Ashland, OR

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2011: The Sustainable Museum: People, Environment, Economy

October 16-18, 2011
Philomath, OR

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2007: Lifelong Learning

October 21, 22, 2007
Astoria, OR

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2022 Conference Sponsors

2021 Conference sponsors

4culture logo

Bryan Potter Design logo

Mason Bee logo

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