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Here on the WestMuse Blog, you’ll find a variety of articles and resources to help guide you through this difficult time as we all stay home to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Check in every #WestMuseWednesday and Fridays for our latest blog posts discussing current topics from learning how to work from home to sharing social media best practices.

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November 17, 2020
Change up your strategy, build up your patience, and remain optimistic.
We all know the museum field, like most other industries, has been widely impacted by the spread of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Many museum professionals have been laid off or furloughed, and have since sought out professional development trainings, networking opportunities, and new careers. Now, months into the pandemic,...
November 10, 2020

WMA Board of Directors at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Boise, ID
 
The Western Museums Association (WMA) extends a warm welcome to all of our new Board Members and Officers! Comprised of some of the West's most dynamic and innovative leaders working in museums and cultural institutions, the Board helps guide WMA's mission to “transform the museum field through collaboration.” Together we will...
November 4, 2020
Food. Games. Museums. What more do you need this holiday season?
There’s no doubt that this year has been one crazy rollercoaster ride. And many of us are anxious for what the next couple of months will bring.
But for now, we’re here to tell you that yes, it’s still totally possible to have a joyous holiday season! Simply grab your laptop, iPad, cellphone, or any other technological device you...
October 21, 2020
Disinformation is one of the most widespread issues of our time.
Defined as false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth, disinformation has long been around, but today is being amplified by technological tools – specifically social media.
In a recent study, researchers specifically found that "...
October 14, 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced a near halt of the events, exhibitions, and public programming that make up the very essence of a museum. Yet, with speedy ingenuity and a little help from technology, museums continue to weather the financial storm that is 2020.
Even though museums have largely reopened across the nation, many are functioning at half-capacity, have cancelled typical events, and...
October 8, 2020

Over the last few weeks, we've received a tremendous amount of #WestMuseMail postcards from museum professionals across the US.
We truly enjoy hearing from all of you and love reading your kind words of encouragement, positivity, and joy! Please, keep 'em coming! Participate in #WestMuseMail here.
On this page, you'll find just a few of the many postcards that have filled our mailbox so far. We...
October 7, 2020
It’s October. We’ve now entered into the seventh month of the pandemic and the holiday season is abruptly upon us.
For many people, holidays can be the most joyous time of the year – trick-or-treaters going door to door with bags full of candy, families gathering around the dinner table to give thanks, and presents being unwrapped from under the tree. But with so much else going on in our daily...
September 30, 2020
Did you know that as a museum professional you can help #GetOutTheVote (GOTV) and increase voter turnout across the country, right from your home?
Well, you totally can!
When it comes to sending GOTV texts, mailing letters/postcards, or making personal phone calls, GOTV efforts have the greatest impact in the final weeks and days leading up to the election when voters who are less likely to turn...

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