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June 29, 2018

Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham and Museum Hue
by Hillary Ryan, Communications and Programs Strategist
In 2015, Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham co-founded Brooklyn-based Museum Hue as a collective of people of color to come together to talk about what was happening at their institutions and to visit and explore other museums and arts organizations. Since then, Museum Hue has evolved to become an arts...
June 29, 2018

by John Larson, Director, Polson Museum in Hoquiam, WA
A museum staff’s worst nightmare became reality the morning of June 9, 2018 when fire gutted Aberdeen’s historic 1922 armory destroying much of the Aberdeen Museum of History in Aberdeen, WA.  The sizeable structure also housed the Coastal Community Action Program, Aberdeen Senior Center and Grays Harbor Genealogical Society whose offices...
June 24, 2018
While there will be many great sessions and workshops, plenty of networking opportunities and a wide-variety of ways to celebrate the museum profession at WMA's 2018 Annual Meeting, we know that fantastic Evening Events are for many attendees the highlights that remain the longest with them.
Who doesn't like a party at a museum? 

When you register for WMA 2018 before June 30, you will be entered...
June 12, 2018

Hooray for June and National Pride Month!
We’ve rounded up some articles, lists and ideas about museums and the LGBTQIA+ community. Since this is not a comprehensive listing we invite you to send us your additions.
 
Museums and Archives
Pride: “10 Incredible Museums and Archives that are Preserving LGBT History” by Cassie Sheets
 
Online Museum Exhibitions
GLBT Historical Society Archives and...
June 12, 2018

The Western Museums Association (WMA) is excited to announce the addition of a new annual award: the WMA Impact Award. Created by the WMA board, this new award is focused on recognizing mid-career museum professionals.
"Mid-career professionals are the foundation of the museum profession. They've dedicated themselves to making museums thrive and succeed, stayed in the field when faced with...
June 7, 2018

We are excited to announce that 4Culture is offering $400 stipends to King County residents who are a staff member, volunteer, or board member of a heritage organization located in King County. The stipends may be used for conference registration, travel, and lodging costs.
To apply, please submit a resume detailing your commitment to action, change, and unity within King County heritage museums...
May 30, 2018

The Western Museums Association celebrates excellence and leadership in the museum field and among it's individual and institutional members. Each year at the Annual Meeting, awardees are recognized for their achievements. Nominations for these awards are accepted until July 20, 2018 and the WMA invites members to participate. 

There are two significant changes to the awards that will be given...
May 17, 2018

By Hillary Ryan, Communications and Programs Strategist, Western Museums Association
Let’s face it, for many people museum work can be lonely work. That’s one reason that it is great that there are so many interesting, educational and inspiring podcasts available. Tune it to one of these while you are working this week and let us know what you think. Also if you have a podcast, you’d like added...

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