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Sep 10-12, 2018   |   Salt Lake City, UT   |   Museums: A Catalyst for Belonging

As professionals we feel comfortable in museums, but what about the communities that we are preserving and representing?  Do new staff, board members, volunteers,  and recent arrivals to the neighborhood feel like welcome voices in our institutions? Simply put, do people that come into our spaces feel like they belong there? Museums should be venues for conversation and understanding, creating safe spaces for dialogue through narrative, collecting, programming, and discovery.   Beginning to address belonging and diversity issues can be daunting and are often fraught with missteps. How can we learn from the experiences of colleagues both within and outside the museum field to remain committed  and successful in creating a culture of belonging in Utah Museums?


Conference Program 
Read through the CONFERENCE PROGRAM and start planning your conference experience!   


Conference Registration 

Registration includes all sessions, opening reception [Sep 10], business lunch [Sep 11] awards dinner [Sep 11], closing lunch [Sep 12]. Registration for the Annual Conference will open May 15, 2018. No refunds will be given after Aug 15, 2018 however registration can be transferred to a colleague.


Early Bird Registration [May 15 - Jul 15, 2018]

$185 General

$160 Student


Registration [Jul 16 - Sep 6, 2018]

$195 General

$170 Student


Late Registration [Sep 7- Sep 10, 2018]

$215 General

$190 Student


Attendees must be UMA Members (find out more about membership).


Conference attendees may choose to bring a guest to the Opening Reception or Awards Dinner. This requires a separate registration. Register guests here.


Opening Reception Guest   $25

Awards Dinner Guest          $40


Conference Scholarships

Congratulations to our scholarship recipients. After the conference all recipients will be required to report on their conference experience. Submit a scholarship report.

Museum Leadership Dinner  

Pre-registration is required. Ticket cost: $45 PURCHASE A TICKET   

Join us for the annual UMA Museum Leadership Dinner. This event is open to all in leadership positions at Utah museums. Network with colleagues from around the state and meet this year’s conference keynote speaker Cecile Shellman.  Learn why YOU should attend the Museum Leadership Dinner! 

While this event is held in conjunction with the Annual Conference it requires a separate registration.


Volunteer at the Conference

Volunteering at the conference is a great opportunity to attend the conference in exchange for your service. Apply To Be a Volunteer.


Silent Auction
Each year UMA hosts a fundraising silent auction in conjunction with our annual conference. All proceeds support programs that help build the capacity for museums across our state. Please consider donating an item to the silent auction and come to the conference ready to bid! Find out more about the silent auction.
Conference Location & Hotel 
University Guest House & Conference Center
110 S Fort Douglas Blvd
Salt Lake City, UT 84113


Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the rate of $115+tax/night. Rate is valid through 8/16/18 based on availability. Reserve your room by calling 888.416.4075 using group name UMA 2018 Annual Conference or booking ID 13643. 

Annual Awards - deadline extended
Each year the Utah Museums Association presents awards to honor individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to Utah Museums. We look forward to announcing our award recipients.


If you have any questions please email Ruth White directly.

The Utah Museums Association gratefully acknowledges conference support from our partners. 



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