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It's Now or Never

Wednesday, December 12, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Carrie Snow
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In 1960 Elvis Presley released the single “It’s Now or Never,” based on the Neapolitan “O Sole mio,” why this information is in this blog post is because of two things:

  1. The deadline for submitting your session proposals is December 15th, and that is fast approaching.
  2. It only took two hours to write the lyrics to a song that made it to the Billboard 100 for five weeks and now is most likely stuck in your head.

UMA needs the collective wisdom and experience of its members to succeed. Many of us can’t travel to a regional and national conference, workshops and training. We rely on those members that can to help train their colleagues in the field. We also are blessed by members who are willing to showcase their hard-won successes and battles to help with others.  

I know some of you are thinking that you might not have a lot of experience in museums. Guess what; there are people with less experience that can learn from you. You can save them from spinning their wheels,  share what has and hasn’t worked. You might be under the impression that only large museums with dozens of staff members have anything to say. It’s not the case, most of our membership is at small museums and crave programs, ideas, project plans, case studies, theories, and workshops that will work with only a handful of staff and volunteers to implement them. To be even more direct, our ideal presenter is YOU. And our ideal topics are ones you wrestle with on a daily basis.

It doesn’t take long to submit a session, and in many cases, the UMA Program Committee can help in locating speakers to round out panels. Who knows maybe your work will end up on the Billboard 100 someday!  Here’s the link to submit your proposal:


We ask for your help in continuing to provide valuable content and instruction to museums around the state.

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