Portland 2010


by Allyson Lazar
Sunday morning, while other conference attendees were en route to Portland or just getting their first cups of coffee for the day, a bright-eyed group of registrars and collection managers, organized by the Registrars Committee-Western Region, trekked up to the wooded west hills to spend the day volunteering at Pittock Mansion!

But before we removed all of our dangling items...
Thanks to everyone who participated today... we had 20 attendees representing Portland, Seattle, Hawai'i, and Utah, plus Oakland, San Francisco, and San Diego. It was a really fun session, with some presentations mixed in with small group discussion and Q & A. Here are some quick moments... James Leventhal of the Contemporary Jewish Museum started us off with a fantastic overview of web 2.0...

Are you interested in strengthening your museum’s governance practices, or want to know about the current governance standards? Do you want help making sense of the new governance questions on the Tax Form 990?
Then, come to WMA Portland session H1: Current Issues in Non-Profit Museum Governance: The Redesigned Tax Form 990, Wednesday from 11:00am – 12:15pm in the Hawthorne Room.
Jim...
By Stephanie Weaver
Need help with technology in your professional life? Still trying to figure out what Twitter is, or whether you should start a blog? Tech Lab is for you!
Tech Lab is designed to bring you friendly, low-key help throughout the first day of WMA. Stop by the Mt. St. Helens Room during the Tech Lab hours (9 AM to 5 PM), and one of our tech-savvy leaders can help you with your tech...
Hi! I'm Elizabeth Merritt, your designated museum futurist for the WMA conference in Portland this year. My assignment is to help you imagine many plausible futures that could face museums in coming decades. What are my secret weapons? Well, I won't reveal them all, but one is a Museum Forecasting Tarot Deck which will be deployed in my session on "Forecasting the Future of Museum Sustainability...
By James G. Leventhal
Not too long ago, museums didn't have email. Or websites. Or e-blasts. We've simply incorporated these new technologies as they've arrived. In many cases they've improved our work and made our professional lives easier. Really, it's not even that long ago that we didn't use direct mail and I remember when it was a question as to whether we'd accept credit card donations.  ...
by Leonie Fedel
James Leventhal recently got in touch and asked if I'd post a short update on what's been happening at the Getty Leadership Institute.  James’ timing was perfect, as there have been a lot of changes recently.
Many of you probably already know in January 2010, we moved from being part of the Getty Foundation to being an independent institute within Claremont Graduate University. We...
By Adam Mikos, Associate Director of Programs and Events at Portland Children's Museum
Hello hello!

Author on the Town: Adam Mikos - this guy knows Portland!

Dang, two weeks from now we will already be knee deep in WMA 2010!  To whet your collective palettes for your visit to this beautiful city I have put together a couple links as an amuse-bouche  of sorts.  Rather than drown you in a long...
By Lisa Eriksen
Of course, the answer to the first part of this question is Portland, Oregon for the Western Museums Association annual meeting!

The Author with Greg Farrington, ED, Cal Academy of Sciences and Lori Fogarty, Director, Oakland Museum of CA and others "Futurecasting for California" at AAM in L.A.

The second part of the question is a bit more difficult to answer, which is why I...

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