2022 Annual Conference (Virginia City)

The 2022 NMA Annual Conference was held in Virginia City, October 11-14, 2022!

The theme this year is “Going Further Together,” recognizing our unique opportunity at this historical moment to create positive change in the museum world through partnership with each other and out communities. The NMA Conference Committee is hard at work planning an informative, inspiring, and fun event.

Find out more about Virginia City.


Registration is now open for the 2022 NMA Annual Conference in Virginia City! Conference registration includes access to all sessions (additional materials fee required for some workshops), plus breakfast all three mornings, one lunch, and two dinners. Sessions will be held in Piper’s Opera House and the Comstock History Center Museum.

Registration this year is $150 for members through September 30. Late registration between October 1-10 will be $190. Non-members will pay $165 (through 9/30) or $205 (10/1-10/10) — non-member registration includes one year membership.

Please be sure to RSVP for additional evening events when you register so that local organizers can plan accordingly.

Institution II and Associate II members can register up to 5 staff members or volunteers. A code is necessary to access this option; email membership@nevadamuseums.org for your access code.

Go to https://nma37.wildapricot.org/event-4414019 to register today!

Conference schedule

The “at-a-glance” schedule for this year’s conference, containing times and locations for all conference events, can be downloaded now. (Updated 10/6/22)

The full program with session and event descriptions will be available for download soon.

Conference hotels

NMA has arranged room blocks at The Silverland Inn and Suites (100 N E Street) and The Tahoe House Hotel (162 C St). To make your reservations, call either hotel and ask for a room in the Nevada Museums Association room block.

  • Silverland Inn and Suites: (775) 847-4484 
  • Tahoe House Hotel: (775) 847-5264

Keynote speaker

Our keynote speaker this year will be Mark Steel Wool Salinas. In his presentation, “Sustaining Diversity in Nevada: The First Lady Presents…,” Salinas will share his curatorial process in a state-wide initiative created to promote and support BIPOC Nevadan artists alongside First Lady Kathy Sisolak and the Nevada State Museum in Carson City.

Headshot of Mark Steel Wool Salinas
Mark Steel Wool Salinas
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Mark Steel Wool Salinas is a Reno-based public arts administrator and cultural curator. For nearly two decades, he has served in a variety of leadership roles for public, private, and nonprofit sectors by providing public art consulting, creative content, and program management in both rural and urban communities.  As Senior Project Manager at Forecast Public Art, he is responsible for the development of arts and culture master plans, public art policies, and creative workforce strategies that communicate community stakeholder interests to non-profits, developers, airports, as well as municipal, county, and state arts agencies.

Mark serves as a board member for the City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission (Chair), the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, the Nevada Arts Council, and Americans for the Arts Public Art Network.

He is the recipient of the Nevada Humanities Rising Star Award (2019) and the first Nevadan accepted into the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Leadership Institute (2019) and Advocacy Institute (2021) as well as the Intercultural Leadership Institute Fellowship Program (2022).

In 2019, alongside Nevada First Lady Kathy Sisolak and the Nevada State Museum in Carson City, he established ‘The First Lady presents…’ a bimonthly online arts education initiative promoting the visibility of BIPOC artists in Nevada.  In these curatorial short essays, Mark juxtaposes the portfolio of a contemporary Nevadan artist to an artifact from the museum collection in efforts to study the past, honor the present, and envision the future.

Follow him on Instagram: @MarkSteelWoolSalinas

Call for session proposals – CLOSED

We are requesting proposals for sessions to be presented at the 2022 NMA Conference. The theme this year is “Going Further Together”, and we invite you to consider how the spirit of cooperation and collaboration — between organizations, between museums and the communities they serve, between museum departments, and otherwise — can contribute to the success of museums in Nevada and beyond. To be considered as a presenter, please email your submissions to D’ette Mawson at education@museumelko.org, using the subject line “NMA Session Proposal” by July 1,2022. Submission deadline extended to July 22, 2022!

Include in your proposal the following information:

  • The session’s title
  • The subject this session will address (exhibits, collections, education, governance, etc.)
  • A brief description of your session (no more than 100 words)
  • The format of your session (panel, workshop, single person presentation, etc.)
  • Any fees to cover cost of materials (this only pertains to workshops)
  • Names and affiliations of all of the presenters involved
  • Reliable email address and phone number

Those selected to present at this year’s conference will be notified on or around August 1. Presenters will receive a $20 discount on conference registration fees.

The Art Wolf Scholarship for Emerging Museum Professionals – APPLICATIONS CLOSED

To recognize Art Wolf, one of the founders of Nevada Museums Association, we are renaming our annual scholarship for emerging professionals in his honor. Art Wolf, founder of Wolf Consulting, was a life-long supporter of and advocate for museums. Through his firm, Wolf led museums and other cultural associations to define and achieve their missions. During his forty-year career, he served terms on the American Alliance of Museums Board of Directors, Association of Science Museum Directors, and the Board of ICOM-US, the Unites States affiliate of the International Council of Museums. Most
recently, in 2019, he was named a Star Advocate by the American Alliance of Museums. An avid attendee, presenter and supporter of the Nevada Museums Association annual conference, Art Wolf’s legacy will be recognized through renaming this scholarship fund.

Emerging professionals such as students, volunteers, and part-time museum employees are welcome to apply for a scholarship, which includes registration fees, workshop costs, accommodations, and a $100 travel stipend. To apply, please submit the following information by August 1, 2022 August 15, 2022 (DEADLINE EXTENDED), to Dustin Wax at dustin@burlesquehall.com:

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 2022 annual meeting?
Why should you receive a scholarship?

Scholarship recipients will be notified on or around September 1.

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