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June 10, 2015
By Claire Munoz
As the nation’s largest ethnic minority, Hispanics represent a vibrant source of audience for museums; yet make up less than 9% of museum visitors according to a 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts. The 2010 United States (U.S.) Census reported the national Hispanic population has grown to 16%. The Western U.S. reflects...
June 3, 2015
Countless museum professionals make invaluable contributions to the field. They accomplish personal and institutional goals, mentor their colleagues, and safegaurd the future of museums. However, they can go unrecognized for this important work.
The Western Museums Association (WMA) is accepting nominations for the 2015 Director’s Chair Award in recognition of these unsung heroes. The Director’s...
June 2, 2015
Museum exhibits can show visitors new perspectives, challenge commonly held notions, and bring people into new worlds. While museums have many important functions in their communities, the exhibits are the centerpieces of their educational work.
Do you know of an exhibit in 2014–2015 that challenged perceptions or progressed the scholarship of the American West? Nominate it for the 2015 Charles...
May 19, 2015
By Molly Fierer-Donaldson
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
I would like to thank the people directly involved with the Wanda Chin Professional Development Scholarship, as well as everyone who contributed to the scholarship fund for the opportunity to attend the Western Museum Association (WMA) 2014 Annual Meeting. This conference...
May 13, 2015
Conceptualized in 1982 and fully realized in 1990, the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose (CDM) is now nestled in the Downtown district in a 52,000 square foot purple building designed by Mexico City-based architect Ricardo Legorreta. Since it's opening, CDM has welcomed over 7 million visitors. With a mission “to inspire creativity, curiosity, and lifelong learning,” and core values of play...
May 11, 2015
By Rachel Luni
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
Las Vegas is known for its flashy lights, ringing machines, feathered showgirls, and now its up-and-coming museums. Sin City’s museum scene is blossoming, with talented professionals giving cultural life to a town inundated with gambling, alcohol, and other provocative topics. This...
May 8, 2015
By Kathy Suter
The Hawaiʻi Museums Association (HMA) held this year’s annual meeting and conference on April 24, 2015 in Honolulu, HI. Once again the Japanese Cultural Center’s Grand Ballroom provided the perfect environment for information exchange, conversation, and networking.
HMA provided several pre and post conference events that informed and entertained. First on Thursday night, April 23,...
May 6, 2015
What does it mean for museums and their staff to listen; to learn; and to lead? These three elements are inextricably related for museums, museum professionals, and the communities we serve. The act of listening affects a person’s and an institution’s ability to learn; learning in turn makes us stronger leaders in our institutions and in the museum field.
The Western Museums Association...

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