Now Presenting WestMusings 2016

The Western Museums Association (WMA) presents WestMusings | 10 Minute Museum Talks, which took place during the 2016 Annual Meeting. WestMusings is a program of short, engaging presentations by unique voices—intended to inspire the museum field. This year, speakers delved into topics that explored the unique ways that we relate to our work as museum professionals. Join WMA as we celebrate the spark and passion that drives museum work. Start a conversation by sharing WestMusings 2016 with your peers!

Niki Ciccotelli Stewart

Chief Engagement Officer at Crystal Bridges Museum


The Crooked Path 
Niki has worked in the arts for more than twenty years, as an artist, educator, and administrator. Niki's WestMusings reflects on her "wonderfully crooked" career path and what she has learned from her non-linear journey. 

Noelle Kahanu

Assistant Specialist, Public Humanities & Native Hawaiian Programs Department of American Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa


Under a Jarvis Moon: Contemplating the Personal and Professional
Noelle's WestMusings follows her journey from finding her grandfather’s 1937 logbook in a museum’s archives, to creating an exhibition, and ultimately a documentary, about this long forgotten colonization project.

Jaclyn Roessel

Education and Public Programs Director at the Heard Museum

Power of the Confluence: Co-creating Fluid Community Partnerships
Jaclyn’s WestMusings focuses on the reverence many indigenous communities have for the confluence of two rivers and how that can inspire greater community engagement.

Dave Stroud

Director of Interactive Exhibits at Thanksgiving Point

In his WestMusings, Dave shares how his recycling hobby of cutting up and reassembling castoff bicycles revealed much more than just eye-catching art vehicles, it affected his relationship to everything.


THANK YOU to the WestMusings 2016 Sponsor

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