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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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August 11, 2020
By Bryn Barabas Potter – BBP Museum Consulting
When purchasing some items in the shop at the Natural History of Los Angeles County a year or so ago, I was asked if I wanted to "round up" to the next dollar and donate the change.  It seemed like a good idea, an easy way to put some money where it is always needed - in the museum coffers. I was surprised to not find this option when doing online...
August 4, 2020
An outcome of the global coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, museums and cultural institutions from coast-to-coast have been asked to reflect upon their own organizational values, commitment to diversity, and any internal discrepancies when it comes to equity in staffing, best practices, and community engagement. Museum leaders have been required to sit down, carefully think...
July 30, 2020
There’s no doubt that 2020 has redefined what “social” means. It no longer means sitting together at the dinner table with friends, throwing birthday parties, having game nights, or visiting loved ones. Now, socializing means staring at your Brady Brunch-style grid of people staring back at you, all trying to figure out who’s talking next.
Fortunately, with a little preparation and a dash of...
July 28, 2020
In the era of COVID-19, community engagement has shifted to the virtual.
The effects and challenges of COVID-19 have pushed many institutions to develop innovative strategies and tools to reach and engage audiences. Museums have been required to create solutions that accurately reflect the shifting needs and priorities of their communities to ensure that their work remains relevant and successful...
July 23, 2020
Let’s get real. Staying indoors all the time can become rather boring. Luckily, there is a little thing called podcasts.
When it comes to podcasts, an endless collection of quar-entertainment awaits your ears. Whether you want motivation to combat the quarantine-blues, would like to learn something new, or desire to focus more on your own wellbeing, there is a podcast for every setting, every...
July 14, 2020
Whether your staff is still working from home or returning to the office, COVID-19 has undoubtedly changed the way we all go about our job. From balancing childcare and family life to meeting work deadlines and staying relevant to your audiences, employees are dealing with a lot right now. These days, there are certainly no shortages of small micro-stresses that can add up to bigger problems like...
June 30, 2020
Summer 2020 may have arrived with a cloud of uncertainty and a new assortment of struggles, but it hasn’t been canceled completely.
In a summer now devoid of vacations, camps, pool parties, family outings, and barbeques with friends, younger kids and teens are no longer occupied and majority of parents are feeling overwhelmed with what’s to come.
Whether you’re a parent seeking new approaches to...
June 16, 2020
The sun is out, the weather is hot, and the beaches are reopening. It’s officially Summer.
In our previous blog article, How to Stay Safe This Summer & Still Enjoy the Sun, we provided a few safety recommendations and rated the risk of 14 common summer activities. However, it's been a few weeks and even though the spread of COVID-19 is still prevalent, many businesses, restaurants, parks, and...


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