The WAM Collective aims to connect the museum and the UMN community through innovative, educational, and social activities. Members of WAM Collective have the opportunity to collaborate with museum departments, UMN student groups, and community organizations. Application to WAM Collective is open to any UMN student, regardless of area of study. Members of the Collective may arrange to be part of the program for academic credit through their parent institution, through the UROP program or for independent study.

WAM Collective meets every Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at WAM. Additionally, Collective members spend time outside of meetings hosting events, doing behind the scenes work, taking field trips, and learning about the museum field. Acceptance into the WAM Collective is a year-long commitment with the opportunity to renew involvement at the end of each academic year.

WAM Collective, of the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, serves as the student voice of and for the museum. WAM Collective acts as a bridge between the widely diverse student body of the University and WAM. The Collective fosters student ownership of the museum, advises staff on effective ways to engage the student body, and is proactive in promoting WAM throughout the University community and beyond.


  • Creates art experiences for students that spark discovery, critical thinking and transformation.
  • Collaborates with campus and community partners to promote cross-cultural dialogue and celebrate diverse perspectives.

  • Educates and develops the next generation of cultural consumers to appreciate and support the arts.

  • Nurtures the next generation of arts and cultural leaders through professional development opportunities.



Applications are now open for the 2019-20 academic year. The application deadline is September 8, 2019.

For more information contact Katie Covey, staff advisor, at covey013@umn.edu.




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