2018 Annual Conference

October 10-12, Boulder City, NV


This year's annual Nevada Museums Association Conference will be held October 10-12 in Boulder City. Our theme for 2018 is "The Strength of Community", paying homage to the role museums play in defining and holding communities together, especially in our most challenging times -- and how communities in turn support and inform what we do. 

In the wake of tragedies ranging from mass killings to natural disasters to police brutality to political strife, we have found the ability to persevere and even triumph through the strength of our communities. Museums are at the heart of communities, acting not only as sites that help define our civic and cultural identities but as economic, social, and political actors.

At a time when many of us find ourselves and our communities tested as never before, we take this opportunity to ask how museums can and do contribute to the strength of communities. What makes us “good neighbors” to the communities we serve? How do we help define the very notion of “community”? In times of tragedy, how can museums shape the larger emotional and intellectual response, and provide healing and reconciliation?

We look forward to seeing you in Boulder City this fall!

Official Conference Hotel

The official conference hotel for this fall's NMA Annual Meeting is the Best Western Hoover Dam at 704 Nevada Highway, Boulder CIty, NV 89005. We have arranged a special group rate from October 9-12 of $65.99/night (plus tax) for double-occupancy rooms. To receive this rate, please call the hotel at (702) 826-4300 to make your reservation and tell the clerk you are with the "Museum Annual Conference" group. Please do not use the 800-number or the website, as this rate will not be available through Best Western's national booking system.

To learn more about the hotel and its amenities, visit its page at https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotels-in-boulder-city/best-western-hoover-dam-hotel/propertyCode.29089.html

Scholarship Opportunity

The Nevada Museum Association will be awarding three need-based scholarships to the annual meeting in Boulder City, Nevada. These scholarships cover the meeting registration fee of $115. The scholarships are need-based and are only available to students, volunteers, and part-time museum professionals. To submit an application, please answer the following questions and send to Claire White at cwhite@themobmuseum.org by August 1, 2018. Feel free to contact Claire White if you have any questions.

  • 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 2018 annual meeting? (150 word limit)
  • Why should you receive a scholarship? (150 word limit)