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2014 Annual Conference


Our world and our museum visitors are ever changing. More than ever, museums need to adapt, reinvent, or transform themselves in order to maintain their relevance to their communities. Predicting what your audience will look like in the coming months and years and how your programming and exhibitions will relate to them will be essential for your institutions sustainability.
The Utah Museums Association’s 2014 Conference theme: Storytelling for the Future speaks to the necessity of making our past relevant to the present and beyond. We all have necessary stories to tell and how we allow ourselves and our objects to communicate those stories determines our success. Our stories, and how we share them, must connect to our present communities and inform our future directions.
Conference Program
Download the 2014 Conference Program.
Through the generosity of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums Office with funding from the State of Utah we are able to offer a number of scholarships to the 2014 UMA Conference. Application application deadline is September 5, 2014. 
Annual Awards
Each year the Utah Museums Association presents awards to honor individuals or organizations who have made significan contributions to Utah Museums. Nominations will be accepted from July 1 - August 15, 2014. 
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! 
Conference Facilities 
Heritage Center
105 N 100 E
Cedar City, UT 84720
All sessions will take place at the Heritage Center. There is ample parking available at no fee.
Conference Hotel
Crystal Inn & Suite
1575 W 200 N
Cedar City, UT 84720
A discounted hotel rate of $70 + tax/night is available for conference attendees. Reservations can be made by calling (435) 586-8888 and using group code UMA Conference.
Shakespeare Festival Tickets
UMA attendees and their guests can use the coupon code UMA2014 to receive a 50% discount on tickets to the September 30th 7:30 pm performance of Twelfth Night and the October 1st 7:30 pm performance of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. Tickets must be purchased online at Once you have selected seats, type in the coupon code for the discount. Discount is not retroactive and cannot be combined with other offers.
Guest (non-conference attendee) Event Ticket Fees     
Tue, Sep 30
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Evening Reception at Frontier Homestead State Park Museum Fee: $15
10:15 pm – 10:45 pm: After Hours Reception at the Braithwaite Gallery Fee: $15

Wed, Oct 1
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Awards Dinner Fee: $25
10:00 pm – 11:00 pm: After Hours Reception at Centro Fee: $20


The conference is supported in part by the Utah Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah, and Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP).
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