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When a Door Closes . . . Another. . .

Monday, October 31, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ryan Paul
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Well, the 2011 UMA conference is over. I hope everyone had an entertaining, inspirational, and educational time. The Logan weather cooperated perfectly and I know that I had an amazing experience on my Wednesday field trip. Comic Book Art  and the company of good friends, what more can one ask? Well, maybe a large monetary donation or several weeks off with pay, but I am happy to have my memories and my signed souvenir from the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art. 

On Tuesday night, after the dinner ended and the auction items were paid for, the UMA board met for a discussion of the good and bad of this year’s conference. We are excited to hear your feedback and encourage you to post often on the website. We value our member’s input and are very interested to read what you have to say. I hope all of us can take advantage of this powerful tool to strengthen our member museums. Also in our Tuesday night meeting the board began discussing our 2012 conference. I was astounded to hear some of the ideas presented and I can assure you that next year’s conference is one not to be missed. 

I need to take a moment to thank all of you who helped carry this year’s conference to new heights. Especially Ruth White who really provided all the logistical, organizational, and motivational support. Our local hosts who bravely led our membership on some amazing field trips. The UMA board who generously donated much of their time this last year in creating a meaningful conference and of course to Carrie Snow, who adeptly and bravely took over the mantle of auctioneer. Finally, a very special and heart felt thanks to Evan Baker from the Uintah County Western Heritage Museum for informing me that my zipper was down. I apologize for my state of undress.

I am excited and encouraged for the coming year. The UMA board will meet at Fremont Indian State Park in November to begin our strategic plan for 2012. We have some new and spectacular plans and I hope to share them with you soon. Remember, that the November meeting is open to the public and we will be voting in the new bylaws. If you can make it, you are welcome. The draft of the new document should be on the website soon, so please check back often. 

Like many of you, I was inspired by our keynote Nina Simon. Her style of energy is infectious and brought a fresh new perspective to my way of thinking. I was fortunate to have her sign my book - her words to me: “Do great work and tell us about it.” I would encourage you to do the same, just be sure your zipper is up.


Nora Eccles Art Museum fieldtrip Ryan Paul and Ruth White at UMA conference

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