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September 30-October 2, 2020   |   VIRTUAL   |   Navigating New Ideas

With the very purpose of museums currently under debate at an international level, all museums are facing unique opportunities and challenges related to change--both internally and externally. Whether you are encountering changes to audience or community needs, collections and interpretation focuses, accessibility and empathy, or staffing and institutional structures (just to name a few), we want to explore how you are navigating those often-unfamiliar waters with new ideas. Building on UMA's previous conference themes that examined how museums can make local connections, increase community impact, create belonging, and demonstrate relevance, we look forward to hearing how you are navigating new ideas!  


Conference Registration 

Registration details for the virtual conference will be announced in July. 


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


Conference Scholarships

Through the generosity of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums Office of Museum Services with funding from the State of Utah we are able to offer a number of scholarships to the 2020 UMA Conference. Details about this year's scholarships will be announced in July.

Museum Leadership Discussion  

Pre-registration is required.     

This year we will be hosting a Museum Leadership Discussion. This event is open to all in leadership positions at Utah museums and offers the opportunity to network with colleagues from around the state. 

While this event is held in conjunction with the Annual Conference it requires a separate registration. Tickets will be available in July 2020.


Volunteer at the Conference

Volunteering at the conference is a great opportunity to attend the conference in exchange for your service. Volunteer applications will open in July 2020.


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! This year's auction will be hosted online. Find out more about the silent auction.
Conference Venue
A computer near you! This year's conference will be hosted online. 


Annual Awards
Each year the Utah Museums Association presents awards to honor individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to Utah Museums. Award nominations have been extended through July 1, 2020.


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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