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Strengthening the Utah Museum Community

Wednesday, November 28, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jayceen Craven Walker
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Dear UMA members,

First off, I would like to say thank you for your vote of confidence as I assume the mantle of President of the UMA Board for the next two years.

The ever-colorful Ryan Paul will continue on as Past-President for the same time period, and I am extremely grateful to have his continued wisdom and experience.

Sonja Lunde, Manager of Special Projects at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, became Vice President, Wendy Stuart Ashton and Carrie Snow, from the LDS Church History Museum are the Secretary and Treasurer, respectively and our ever capable and amazing Ruth White is our Executive Assistant.

The UMA board and staff are very appreciative of the Keynote speakers, presenters, panelists and most of all YOU for attending our annual conference, Celebrate Heritage/Strengthen Community, October 1-3 in Salt Lake at the Fort Douglas Officers’ Club.

Next year’s conference will be a collaborative effort with the Western Museums Association and will also be held in Salt Lake. The dates of the conference will be October 9-12, 2013. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer.

Annual Conference - October 2013


The UMA Board would like to thank our Benefactor and Sponsoring Partners that included: CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Natural History Museum of Utah, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Utah Humanities Council, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake County-Zoo, Arts and Parks, Cache Valley Visitor’s Bureau, Central Point Systems, LogiTrans, Map-n-Tour, and Pathway Associates. The conference would not have been anywhere near as successful were you not involved. We hope that you will join us again for the 2013 conjoined conference.

Two UMA members cycled off the board as their terms came to a close, Bob Voyles and Kerri Wilde from Fort Douglas Military Museum. We appreciate their volunteer service to the museum community and are thankful for their ongoing contributions.

Don’t forget to contact your legislators (newly elected and re-elected) as soon as you can in preparation for Museum Advocacy Day on the hill, February 28, 2013.

Our museums provide education to inform tourists about Utah’s heritage and strengthen our communities. We are economic development and tourism drivers for visitors to our state. As Ryan’s blog stated, “One message we have struggled to communicate is how much money our institutions actually contribute to local economies. I would highly recommend that you spend some time tracing the dollars that flow through your institution, and I think you might be surprised how great of an impact you have.” This information is one of the things we would like to convey to our legislators on February 28.

I will be traveling around the state and offering my Advocacy 101 training for UMA members. I presented this training in Delta and in Carbon/Emery this fall and am planning to do so in other parts of the state in 2013. More information and dates will be posted on our website in the calendar area.

Once again, thank you for your vote of confidence. We have an amazing group of UMA board members, staff and museums in the state. I look forward to representing you over the next two years.

Jayceen Craven Walker
UMA President


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