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August 25, 2009
By Katie Williams
I would like to share my experiences as a young professional, in my first full-time museum job.  It has been a wild ride to get to where I am now – an Education Assistant at the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) in Seattle. I will attempt to tell you a little bit about the journey at my new job and what I have learned so far.

What does it mean to be African American in...
August 25, 2009


Sebastian Chan, Manager of the Web Services Unit at the Powerhouse MuseumSome clarifications on our experience with ‘free’ content


[This Friday Seb Chan will speak at SFMOMA at a sold out symposium that WMA has helped to arrange, with thanks to Rich Cherry and others.  As a bit of a preview of what's to come, we have taken one, big-ol', whole post from Seb's professional blog as one massive "...
August 12, 2009
By Leslie Madsen-Brooks
In recent days, an old argument over whether museums are recruiting professionals from the appropriate pools (e.g. museum studies programs or community colleges) and at the right stages of their lives.  In the comments thread following that post at the Center for the Future of Museums, it becomes clear that many museum workers feel they haven't had the best opportunities...
July 31, 2009

Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo

[Note: The folks in San Diego just keep sending along notes about favorites in their town!  Whatta great place to be.  The latest is from Tim Murray, Director, Exhibits Department at San Diego Natural History Museum]
by Tim Murray
As a long-time resident of San Diego, I thought I would share some of my favorite places in San Diego with you.
View - Cabrillo National...
July 30, 2009
Social Collections, New Metrics, Maps and Other Australian Oddities
A Free Strategic Social Media Seminar for the Cultural Sector featuring SEBASTIAN CHAN
August 28th, 2009 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM PHYLLIS WATTIS THEATER at SF MOMA, San Francisco
Sebastian Chan, Manager of the Web Services Unit at the Powerhouse Museum


In a free flowing day of provocative presentation and Q&As, Sebastian Chan...
July 24, 2009
[Editors' note: Special to members of WMA and westmuse blog readers, thanks to Bonnie Powers and Volume Inc., here's a preview of the look and feel of the new summer campaign for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.]
By Bonnie Powers
Enticing audiences: Volume Inc hijacks generic images in campaign for YBCA. Highlights contemporary art's equally subversive and approachable...
July 21, 2009
Photo courtesy of the Museum of Photographic Arts.

by Stephanie Weaver
What does your museum look and feel like to people with learning disabilities? I'm happy to provide two great articles written by educational consultant Paul Gabriel for free download. Paul was the guest editor of an excellent issue of WestMuse in 2007 that covered a range of learning disabilities and how they affect the...
July 16, 2009
submitted by Stephanie Weaver on behalf of Wendell Eckholm
Photos courtesy of the Firehouse Restaurant


Join your fellow conference attendees for a relaxing evening of networking, music, and food at the West Coast Shipper's Party.  The free party will be held on Tuesday evening October 27 from 5:30 to 9:30 PM on the rooftop deck at the Firehouse American Eatery, which is just a ten minute...

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