Portland 2010

by Nicole Trudeau
What is the public face of your institution? How do people respond to your “brand”? What exactly IS a brand?
The J. Paul Getty Museum’s Design Department asked themselves these very questions recently when reviewing their Education materials. They’ll be sharing their story at a WMA pre-conference workshop on Sunday, October 16th, where they will show you the brand they developed...
I am so very excited about the upcoming WMA conference in Portland. The sessions sound most interesting, and the events promise to be enjoyable.
The other reason I'm so looking forward to this conference is to share the great news that WMA is thriving. After some very difficult decisions last year, the Board has worked tirelessly to strengthen the organization and put it on a sound financial...
By Ted Greenberg
Hey, I have a happy smile on my face. I will see you in Portland in the next couple of weeks at the 75th anniversary celebration of the Western Museums
Association annual meeting. I am part of the presentation panel discussion: It’sAlive or Has Been in the Past: Care of Live Collections and Concerns of Use of Endangered Species in Museum Objects.
I will be joined by Tracy...
Co chairing the program committee for the Portland meeting has been very rewarding. The penultimate version of the PROGRAM has just been posted on the main conference page. Check it now for your pre-conference workshop locations and for all the latest details on sessions and events. The conference promises to be a good one this year and I for one am really looking forward to exploring the...
During the weekend leading up to our 2010 conference there are a handful of terrific workshops taking place. One that is definitely on my to-do list is “Tools of the Imagination at Play”, hosted by the Portland Children’s museum (Sunday 17th, 1-5pm).
Who doesn’t have kids coming through their doors? Even if you home institution isn’t a children’s museum per se, there are ideas and practices...
by James G. Leventhal

Once independent, the Hammer is now part of UCLA

What do you value?  This is becoming a pressing question for museums in the United States as they... well, come of age.  With Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America (2006), AAM and Marjorie Schwarzer reminded us that museums in America are not a lot older than a 100-year tradition or industry.  That's...
By James G. Leventhal

"Board and Staff Roles" from #wma2009 (photo Lydia Johnson)

There's a long list of reasons to be part of the Western Museums Association.  For example, the last email news update notes that WMA serves professionals during difficult economic times providing: a professional lifeline to the unemployed; a touchpoint for the retired and a springboard for those just entering the...
It is still not too late to consider showing off what your museum has in their shop? Or wonderful catalogues..or maybe a nice piece of art or jewelry? A favorite B&B? We are looking for those great items for our auction at our annual meeting in Portland....let me know if you have something or know someone willing to donate.......greenberg2@ca.rr.com...Items are being donated from museum shops...
Yeah, I know. Belts are tight. Budgets are tighter. Everyone is working to "do more with less." Maybe that means taking on the workload of colleagues who have been laid off--without getting an increase in pay. Maybe that means furlough days when you aren't supposed to work and you aren't getting paid to work, but if you don't work, you'll never get unburied from that growing pile on your desk....
Travelzoo popped a message into my inbox last week announcing that Alaska Airlines has a fantastic new fare on its San Jose-Portland route.  I checked it out, and sure enough the fare was the lowest I've seen in a long time, so I went ahead and booked my flight to the WMA conference (October 17-20).
I worked my way through college as a travel agent (back in the day when everyone had to go through...

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