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January 26, 2016
By Kelsey Clark
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting.
The San Francisco Bay Area is booming. The population in the entire region is growing, new industries are taking root and cities are struggling to keep up with the pace of change. Museums in the area - and across the Western United States - are coming to terms with new audiences,...
January 6, 2016
By Mardi Maxwell
(Continued from: Engaging Senior Audiences- Part I: Community Profile)
At a time when the arts face new challenges, organizations are trying out new ways to increase and diversify their audiences. The Palo Alto Art Center (PAAC) recognized that building a senior audience took looking inside their programming and operations and ‘outside their four walls’ to create meaningful...
December 23, 2015
By Mardi Maxwell
What does it take for museums to engage senior audiences? And how should they go about developing and sustaining this relationship? With community research through John F. Kennedy University’s Museum Studies program, we are now one step closer to having answers to these questions.
In spring of 2015, graduate students, Betsy Ringrose, Christina Samore and Mardi Maxwell embarked on...
December 14, 2015

The Western Museums Association (WMA) presents the third installment of WestMusings | 10 Minute Museum Talks, which took place during the 80th Annual Meeting. WestMusings is a program of short, engaging presentations by unique voices—intended to inspire others in the field. This year, speakers delved into topics that explored how museums can be more engaging and relevant to the communities we...
December 8, 2015
By Sriba I. Kwadjovie
This was my inaugural year attending the Western Museums Association Annual Meeting and moderating a panel discussion titled Understanding Image Copyright. As the Senior Intellectual Property Associate for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the location of this year’s conference was ideal since it was held in San Jose. Upon my early morning arrival and registration...
December 1, 2015
By Kate Skelly
Dr. Julie K. Stein, Executive Director of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture received the 2015 WMA Director’s Chair Award. Julie has been an invaluable leader to the Western Museums Association, and has served as a WMA Treasurer and President. In this interview, Julie shares her thoughts about leadership in the field and the future of museums.
What do you think your...
November 20, 2015
By Marianna Pegno, Marge Pellegrino, and Morgan Wells 
The Tucson Museum of Art (TMA) has partnered with the Hopi Foundation’s Owl & Panther Project for a program entitled Museum as Sanctuary (MAS). This program helps foster expressive arts healing through in-gallery and hands on art-making activities on Tuesday evenings throughout the academic school year. This is the fifth year that TMA has...
November 3, 2015
Dear WMA 2015 Annual Meeting Volunteers,
On behalf of the Western Museums Association (WMA) Board of Directors, staff, and members, I want to thank you for your work as a volunteer at the WMA 2015 Annual Meeting in San Jose. WMA’s Annual Meeting provides museum professionals an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices, network with colleagues, and learn more about museums in the Western...

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