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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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March 30, 2021
Written by James Boorn, an accessibility advocate and student in the University of Washington Museum Studies Certification Program
The American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) – a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability ­– celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2020 in the midst of a global pandemic and a national social justice movement. In the face of these 2020...
March 10, 2021

Expert tips, online trainings, and digital toolkits are all at your fingertips with the Museum Learning Hub.
Over the last six-months, the Western Museums Association (WMA) has been collaboratively working with the other six U.S. regional museum associations to bring to life a nationwide initiative dedicated to providing free, self-paced training resources for small museums.
Initially created as...
February 24, 2021
By Jason B. Jones, Executive Director, Western Museums Association

 
 
“Art was a ray of sunshine in my museum career. He was one of the first people to greet me at WMA conferences, to share his experience and advice, as well as share insight of his adventures in Qatar (where I would later work for several years.) He was a friend and mentor to so many people. Thank you Art for inspiring all of...
December 21, 2020

Although WMA was not able to hold an in-person conference this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we were still able to stay connected with you and our WMA community through numerous virtual happenings. We all gathered around our computers to watch webinars, we shared resources and read articles on the WestMuse Blog, and we participated in the social campaign #WestMuseMail.
Since...
December 18, 2020
Between the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, celebrating the holidays, and getting our priorities straight for 2021, things are still stressful as ever.
With January 2021 not far out of reach, now is the perfect time to wrap up in your coziest blanket and treat yo' self to some serious self-care.
No matter where you are, what you're doing, and who you're spending the upcoming holidays with (or...
December 16, 2020

There’s no doubt that 2020 has been an overwhelming shock for the museum field. At this point, it seems only repetitive to state that museums have experienced a global pandemic, public reckoning in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, a devastating economic downturn, and the looming issue of climate change.
But in the face of these numerous challenges, one thing has become clear – 2020...
December 3, 2020
As the difficult, uncertain 2020 year comes to an end, and the dust (hopefully) begins to settle, we decided to take a look back on the multitude of topics we’ve covered and the many conversations we’ve had across the WestMuse Blog.
From professional development, to community engagement, to lists of virtual holiday festivities and everything in between, we’ve written on numerous topics throughout...
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,...

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