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Annual Conference

OMA partners with WMA to co-host 2020 Annual Meeting

We are proud to announce that we will be partnering with the Western Museums Association (WMA) to cohost the WMA 2020 Annual Meeting in Portland, OR on October 8-11, 2020. The theme of the conference is FORWARD.

WMA has members in nine western states as well as western Canada. Their Annual Meeting takes place over 4 days with 40+ sessions, as well as pre-conference tours, activities and meetings. We are confident that attending this co-hosted Meeting will help OMA members increase their visibility, professional contacts, and opportunities.

Some of the benefits for OMA members include:

  • Registration at WMA member rate for all current OMA members
  • Volunteer opportunities to work and accrue conference attendance time
We are excited about this opportunity to expand our reach and increase the visibility of OMA and museums throughout Oregon. If you have any ideas for OMA events, or would like to provide a pre-conference tour of your institution, please email us at connect@oregonmuseums.org. We value your input and feedback.


Scholarships available

The WMA offers the Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2020 conference. Application deadline May 31, 2020.

Oregon Heritage offers the Elisabeth Walton Potter Preservation Scholarship, which provides financial assistance for Oregon residents to attend a heritage preservation-related conference, workshop, or training. Applications will open in summer 2020.

OMA 2019 Annual Conference - FINDING COMMON GROUND

September 15-17, 2019  /  John Day, OR

Thank you to all who attended the 2019 Annual Conference. The conference was a great success. We had 74 attendees from across Oregon. A large portion were first time attendees of the OMA conference.

Watch the video welcome from Senator Jeff Merkley below.

Conference evaluation

Read the results of the overall conference evaluation.

Conference program

Conference slides

See the slides and handouts from conference presentations.

Essays from scholarship recipients

Read the brief essays from 2019 scholarship recipients.

Comments from 2019 Annual Conference attendees

“This was a great first conference. I'm excited for years to come!”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the conference. I found all sessions to be very engaging and relevant. It was absolutely invigorating!”

"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.”

"This was my first conference! It was fun. The board members were great at helping an introvert like me mingle. :)"

Past Conferences

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

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