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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.

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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...
September 24, 2020
This fall, educators are working harder than ever to meet the needs and provide critical support to their learners. Whether using traditional in-person classrooms, virtual or hybrid-learning models, teachers are in need of tools, guidance, and resources.
A great place to start is at a museum.
According to the American Alliance of Museums, every year, U.S. museums provide more than 18 million...
September 16, 2020
Museums across the Western Region and the greater U.S. have been in a holding pattern since early March, circling around an eventual reopening date.
Today, only a few museums are beginning to reopen – but reopening a museum mid-pandemic means piloting through completely uncharted waters.
For what has become important now, is that museums must carry out the necessary precautions to make visitors...
September 9, 2020
2020 has certainly been a year like no other. For the Western Museums Association (WMA), this year has meant the postponement of the 2020 Annual Meeting, which was to be held in Portland, Oregon from October 8th-11th.
We realize, although we won’t be gathering in-person this fall, there are still various ways in which we – the WMA and greater museum community – can collectively come together and...

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