2021 Annual Conference

With things constantly changing this year, we have decided to postpone our annual in-person meeting at Virginia City until the fall of 2022. Instead, we have decided to move to a hybrid model for our meeting, where we will be streaming the different sessions online, with in-person watching events in Las Vegas, Elko, and Reno for those who wish to gather, network, and share the experience. (Note: Details of in-person events subject to modification as local conditions and regulations change.)

This hybrid meeting will last two days (October 7-8), and we will charge $30 for participating in the online sessions with an additional $20 if you plan to come to one of the in-person watching events. Below is the tentative schedule for those below days.

The theme this year is “We’re Back: Connecting to our Communities”.

October 7th (Thursday)-Full Day

  • Keynote Speaker
  • Sessions
  • Local events (details to come)

October 8th (Friday)- Half Day

  • Board Meeting
  • Sessions
  • General Session

The NMA Conference Committee is hard at work planning an informative, inspiring, and fun event. A full schedule will be out shortly, as will details of the in-person events.

Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-nma-annual-conference-tickets-167805090543 to register now!

In-person events will be held at the following locations around the state:

In-person events will include refreshments during the day and a reception or other social event following the conference sessions on Thursday.

For more information about the in-person events, please contact the relevant organizer below:

We will return to in-person events in Fall 2022, meeting in Virginia City.

Keynote Speaker: Anika Kwinana

We are proud to welcome as our keynote speaker this year Anika Kwinana, WESTAF’s director of social responsibility and inclusion. In this role, Kwinana informs and develops a range of equity-centered learning experiences that connect and inspire leaders and communities to build a more inclusive arts and culture sector.

Headshot of Anika Kwinana
Anika Kwinana, WESTAF Director of Social Responsibility and Inclusion

Prior to taking this role at WESTAF, Kwinana served as manager of national education initiatives at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where she ensured that arts professionals were equipped with relevant professional learning and support as they sought to provide equitable access to the arts among public school students.

Kwinana has worked with a number of arts organizations as a stage manager, producer, gallery coordinator, and subscriptions sales associate. She also served as assistant director of national college fairs, programs and services for the National Association for College Admission Counselling where she piloted and scaled STEM college and career fairs reaching over 20,000 attendees annually. Kwinana is chair of the Arlington County Commission for the Arts and co-founder of Arlington for Justice; chair of the Arts Administrators of Color Network and served as co-chair of the organization’s 2020 convening; and is a part of artEquity’s BIPOC Leadership Circle, working with other arts leaders from across the nation to develop social justice leadership models.

Kwinana earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Howard University and a master’s degree in arts management from George Mason University, where her capstone focused on the need for diversity in arts organizational leadership. She also holds a master’s degree in public anthropology from American University and a postgraduate degree in management from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.

Scholarships Available

We will be offering scholarships this year, covering the cost of online registration plus the cost of your local in-person event, if desired. We want to assure applicants that if they are selected to receive a conference scholarship this year, they may still apply next year and receive full consideration.

To focus funds on the professional development and need, only students, volunteers, and part-time museum professionals are encouraged to apply. Submit the following information by August 30, 2021, to Garrett J Barmore at gbarmore@unr.edu 

  • Name:
  • Email address & phone number:
  • Are you a student, volunteer, or part-time employee?
  • What institution(s) are you affiliated with?
  • How will you benefit from attending the NMA 2021 annual meeting?
  • Why should you receive a scholarship?