2023 Annual Conference–Preserving Common Ground–Complete

The 2023 NMA Annual Conference will be in Las Vegas.

At the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas and the Springs Preserve: 333 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107

September 27-29

Thank you to all our attendees, speakers, volunteers, supporters, sponsors, and the planning committee. We hope to see you next year!

Conference Resources

We are adding presentations and other resources as we get them:

Nevada Humanities Project Grants Page: https://www.nevadahumanities.org/project-grants

Dustin M. Wax: Building Diversity in Small Museums:

Panel discussion: Creating Community Partnerships Through Heritage Tourism


Find our schedule below:

Call for Session Proposals–Closed

We are requesting proposals for sessions to be presented at the 2023 NMA Conference. The theme this year is “Preserving Common Ground”, and we invite you to consider how museums can preserve the trust of the public and how we can communicate commonality between our community members. To be considered as a presenter, please email your submissions to Laura Benedict using the subject line “NMA Session Proposal” by June 15, 2023.

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 tech needs you have (projector, PC, 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 July 17. Presenters will receive a $20 discount on conference registration fees.

Conference Registration–Closed

Conference registration is now open:

Register today

Conference Hotel

Our block of rooms is at the Main Street Station. Use the information below to reserve your rooms today!


Group Code:      NVMI23C

Toll Free Number to Call:         1-800-465-0711

Reserve Room no later than:       August 27, 2023

On-line reservations:   www.mainstreetcasino.com/groups

Dates: September 26 – 29, 2023} $60 plus 13% room tax + $29.37 daily resort fee

$100 deposit required at the time of booking. 48 hour notice required for changes or cancels for a full refund.

Keynote Speaker: Bobbi Rahder, Museum Director: Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum

Bobbi Rahder is a museum professional with extensive experience in cultural facility planning and management, collections planning and management, educational programming, and exhibition curation. She is a specialist in Native American museums, having worked as director of the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum, at Haskell Indian Nations University, a former federal government boarding school in Lawrence, Kansas, and at the Stewart Indian School and Cultural Center & Museum on Carson City Nevada. She has a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies, and is working on a PhD in American Studies from the University of Kansas.

This presentation discusses how the staff of the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum preserves public trust by telling the true history of the Stewart Indian School, which began as a federal government boarding school for Great Basin Native children in 1890 and expanded to include Native children from over 200 tribes until it closed in 1980. In addition to a historical museum where the Stewart alumni share the stories about their experiences at the school, the museum features contemporary Native American art from Great Basin Native artists in the Great Basin Native Artists Gallery and throughout the museum’s exhibits. We also share information about the Great Basin tribes, both historical and contemporary. Guided by living Stewart alumni from 15 tribal nations, the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum is dedicated to the memories of the first Stewart students from Great Basin tribes in 1890, and all students and their families who were impacted by the Stewart experience. These stories of hardship, resilience, strength, and triumph are at the core of the current efforts to preserve the Stewart campus and are illustrated in the exhibits at the museum. In addition to sharing Stewart’s history, the museum is a place of living heritage through exhibits of contemporary Native art, storytelling, arts and crafts demonstrations, lectures, public programming, and educational activities.

The Art Wolf Scholarship for Emerging Museum Professionals

** The application period is closed**

Our annual scholarship for emerging museum professionals honors Art Wolf, founder of Wolf Consulting, and 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, we continue Art Wolf’s legacy through 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 June 15, 2023 to Laura Benedict using the subject line “NMA Scholarship Application”:

  • 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 2023 annual meeting?
  • Why should you receive a scholarship?

Scholarship recipients will be notified in mid-late July.

Nevada Museums Association