Leadership

By Sue Lafferty
“I made some incredible connections! I reconnected with old friends and felt great to be able to mentor the newcomers during the conference.”
“I came away with a renewed enthusiasm for a career in museums and ideas to enhance the mission of my institution.”
“I am always so impressed by the spirit of community and reflective practice you and your team are able to cultivate at these...
The Western Museums Association (WMA) is proud to present the first installment of videos from the first WestMusings | Ten Minute Museum Talks. This new programmatic feature took place at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City. Based on TED Talks’ model, WestMusings is an unconference program of short, rehearsed, and engaging presentations on museum related topics. WestMusings will provide an...
This session took place during the Western Museums Association 2013 Annual Meeting
In the process of developing a new strategic plan, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) developed self-reflective questions regarding its mission and vision. UMFA staff visited museums in Seattle, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and Austin with the aim of studying variations of best practice to guide this work. By...
This session took place during the Western Museums Association 2013 Annual Meeting
In an improving economy, many institutions are ready to consider a move from strategic planning to the design and construction of new or renovated facilities. This session will present the issues to consider in making this transition including funding, board and community relations, sustainable design and the...
A chance to recognize unsung heroes of our profession…
“not necessarily just for directors”
The July 15th deadline is rapidly approaching!
The Western Museums Association (WMA) is accepting nominations for the 2013 Director’s Chair Award. This recognition is designed to showcase and acknowledge outstanding achievement in the museum profession. The Director’s Chair Award is presented annually to...
The July 15th deadline is rapidly approaching!
The Western Museums Association (WMA) is pleased to consider applications for the 2013 Charles Redd Annual Award honoring excellence for an exhibition that furthers the study and understanding of the American West. The award is funded by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University.
The competition recognizes outstanding...
The Western Museums Association, in coordination with the American Alliance of Museums, is kicking off a campaign to increase participation in the Pledge of Excellence. The Western Region, currently has 194 museums that have signed the Pledge.
 
The Pledge of Excellence, the first step in the Continuum of Excellence, is a  one-step, no-cost way to show that your museum is committed to standards...
By James G. Leventhal
Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch and The Venerable Palden Gyatso, Tibetan Freedom Concert, SF, CA 1996


So quotes my friend Jennifer Caleshu:
These times especially call for more than mere incrementalism. Let’s demand that our leaders get in over their heads, that they remain a little bit naive about what they’re getting into.
It's from WIRED.
And my friend Erin Potts wrote...
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...

Redmond J. Barnett, Secretary of WMA and Head of the Exhibits Dept., Washington State History Museum

By Redmond J. Barnett
Remember the old story about early machine language translation – where the English “out of sight, out of mind” became the Russian “invisible and insane”?
Something similar happened at the general session of the American Association of Museums annual meeting in Houston. ...

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