Dear VSA Members and Community,

We hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday last week and that you had time to relax and appreciate the season. We are grateful for each of you and your participation in the VSA community this year, whether through attending the annual conference in Omaha, joining a committee or focused-interest group, or participating in an online workshop, webinar, or webchat.

While membership and conference fees help offset our expenses, they don’t cover our full budget. We are reaching out to you at the end of this year to seek your support. A gift from you or your organization will support core VSA activities, such as:

  • High-quality professional development for practitioners at all levels through our year-round online learning experiences

  • Excellent annual conferences and professional development webinars that build knowledge, skills, mindsets, and organizational capacity

  • Student scholarships that provide access for emerging professionals to attend VSA’s annual conference

  • Publishing two issues per year of the Visitor Studies journal, which advances the theory, methods, and practices of our field

  • Continuing to create space for dialogue around critical issues in the Visitor Studies field, particularly the role we can play in supporting diversity, equity, access, inclusion, justice and belonging in informal learning environments

The VSA Board of Directors will match any and all contributions up to a total of $5,000 from now through December 31, 2022. Our goal is to reach a combined amount of $10,000. Will you please help us reach it by the end of this year? Donors who contribute at a level of $50 or above will be entered into a drawing for a complimentary registration to the 2023 VSA Annual Conference, to be held virtually from July 11-13, 2023.

Visit our website to donate!  Check donations are always appreciated to avoid processing fees.
(Mailed to Visitor Studies Association, 136 Everett Road, Albany, NY 12205)

A donation to VSA is an investment in the success of your staff, emerging professionals and students, and the field of informal learning in general. We are hopeful for what we can do as a community in 2023, and are particularly excited about:

  • Our conference theme, Inclusive Practice: Broadening the Field by Welcoming New Perspectives, which opens up continued dialogue around whose voices are included in visitor studies and how to create equitable, accessible pathways for shaping and leading this work

  • The possibilities of the virtual conference format as a way to increase accessibility, reduce our carbon footprint, and support broader participation in VSA

  • Building off member and board reflections on what an equitable, anti-racist VSA looks like to support strategic planning

Thank you for your consideration and support! Please consider sharing this letter with the senior managers of your organization. 

VSA Board of Directors