Education

By: Andrea Godinez
Do you consider yourself a scientist? Or see the ways that research affects your daily life? Sometimes, for those of us who are not working in a lab or the field, science can seem exclusive and disconnected from our lives.
That’s why I have devoted my career to telling stories of science and research in ways that are hopefully accessible to our audiences – including those who...
By: Krystal Glasman
Only seven months ago, I moved from Orange County to Coachella Valley; not for the golf, music festivals, or endless sunshine, but for a rare opportunity, the inception of the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert.  The Palm Springs Art Museum decided to expand their presence within the Coachella Valley and now operates a second site in Palm Desert.  As Education Programs...
By: Clayton Drescher
Why do we work so hard on field trip programs?  Scheduling logistics, paperwork, lesson plan development, docent training, etc. require a massive group effort. Is it because we can all remember field trips from our youth?  Is it because an early museum visitor becomes a frequent museum visitor?  Is it because teachers often use words like “actual,” “genuine,” “first-hand,”...
By David Greenfield
Hello, my name is David and I’m addicted to stories. There, I’ve said it. Give me a good story and I am happy.  Fiction, non-fiction in books, radio, theater, movies, comics, wherever found. The title of actor Corey Fischer’s one-man play Sometimes We Need a Story More Than Food is an apt description of me.  Stories entertain, and educate us, providing a venue in which we can...
By: Marlow Hoffman
A year has passed since I shared my unemployment woes in the blog post, Will Work for Food: Curatorial Position and Cake Preferred.  Here is what has happened since then:
I have been living in Denver for 15 months.  This has allowed me to distance myself one more step from that hectic, albeit adventurous, stint in my life when my car donned license plates from three different...
Dave Asheim, Matthew Tedford, Jon Voss and others at the WMA sponsored network luncheon


By James G. Leventhal
Last Thursday, August 18th the Contemporary Jewish Museum welcomed 50 museum people from all over the greater San Francisco Bay Area -- from Golden Gate Park’s California Academy of Science to the Oakland Museum of California -- for a Network Lunch to talk about the use of new media to...
by Kristen Olson


"Cutting the pies and cakes at the barbeque dinner, Pie Town, New Mexico Fair"

Imagine a large room, filled with light, buzzing with electric conversations. You hear a shout from across the room, saying "come sit over here!" and someone is waving you over, pulling out a seat to a table. As you navigate through the crowded path of circular tables covered in pieces of paper, you...

Museums as Gifts to Universities: Case Study Magnes to UC Berkeley

How good does WMA get?  Well, check out this session from last year's conference in Portland entitled, "Museums as Gifts to Universities."
It's got fundraising, collections issues, administration, technology, new leaders, drama and networking all wrapped into one...
And don't forget to REGISTER NOW FOR WMA HAWAII 2011!
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By Celeste Dewald, Executive Director, California Association of MuseumsWhy do people visit museums? How do we create unforgettable moments?
A 2009 report released by the National Endowment for the Arts found that the number of American adults attending arts and cultural events has sunk to its lowest level since 1982. Understanding who visits museums and why is more important than ever for the...

Gwen Carr, Vice Chairperson, Research & Education Program Chairperson

Why go to the conference? Why "go local" and travel to particular places to meet people? Why? To meet people like Gwen Carr and learn about the Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers, an all volunteer nonprofit organization based in Salem, Oregon dedicated to doing research and educating Oregonians about African-Americans’...

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