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Annual Conference

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) joined forces to host our 2021 Conference: A Changed Landscape, A Changed Museum.

The conference featured three days of learning, collaborating and networking with keynote speakers, 12 sessions and four pre-conference workshops. Topics included accessibility, racial justice, NAGPRA, status of the heritage field, COVID-19 recovery, advocacy, fundraising, and digital education. The conference also featured the OMA annual member meeting. #OMAWaMA

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    Evaluation results

    Conference evaluation results are in! We asked registrants some questions on the registration form, and though an overall evaluation after the conference.

    On the overall evaluation, respondents enjoyed the conference, learned something to help them take concrete steps, appreciated the virtual aspect and valued the collaboration between OMA and WaMA. One thing respondents missed was opportunity to see other attendees and network with them.

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    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

    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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