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December 20, 2018
by Meka Manchak
I started in the museum field in 2009. The Great Recession was in full-swing and museums—like a lot of industries--were not hiring. I interned, unpaid, for a full-year before catching a break and landing a full-time position working in exhibits at a history museum. I stayed at that museum for five years gaining experience, chasing new opportunities, and trying to learn as much as...
December 18, 2018

The new year brings an opportunity to make a fresh start and set the course for a happy and successful 2019. As the year winds down, it’s a great time to examine how we can make adjustments to the way we work.
Burnout is a problem in all sectors, and non-profit workers can be especially vulnerable to workplace fatigue. Many museum workers face expanding job responsibilities, long hours, and...
December 13, 2018
by Azha Simmons
Since my time as a graduate student I’ve enjoyed attending museum conferences and the Western Museums Association Annual Meeting is one of my favorites. My attendance at this conference was very special, because I recently graduated from my Museum Studies program from John F. Kennedy University. I was no longer attending the conference as a student, but as a new emerging museum...
December 6, 2018
by Christina Ayson
Attending academic conferences as a doctoral student can be a daunting experience. Navigating the various codes of etiquette, the theory driven panels, and networking amongst senior faculty from elite institutions is intimidating. I have often left these conferences more tired than invigorated. WMA was different; I felt inspired, challenged, and integral to the progression of...
December 4, 2018
By Danielle Robbins
We are social creatures. The need to share and connect, to learn and grow because of each other is fundamental to our wellbeing. The act of fulfilling this need is what it means to inspire. To inspire is to influence, and though we can be inspired while alone, it is a circuit only half complete until we share with another in a meaningful way. It was this kind of sharing that...
November 6, 2018
At this year's annual meeting, we had the pleasure of hosting our Keynote Speaker, Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham. As the Co-founder and Creative Director of Museum Hue, an organization dedicated to the advancement of people of color through the arts, Stephanie utilizes museums and other cultural entities as a medium for discussions on power and privilege as it relates to the arts sector. Her...
November 6, 2018
Dear WMA 2018 Annual Meeting Volunteers,

On behalf of the Western Museums Association (WMA) Board of Directors, staff, and members, I want to thank you for your work as a volunteer at the WMA 2018 Annual Meeting in Tacoma. WMA’s Annual Meeting provides museum professionals an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices, network with colleagues, and learn more about museums in the Western...
November 6, 2018
Marjorie Schwarzer is the receipient of this year's Leadership Award. She is the Administrative Director for the Museum Studies program at University of San Francisco.
I've been thinking about all the people—mentors, teachers, family, friends, colleagues upon whose shoulders I stand and of the people upon whose shoulders all you stand as well.  And of all the people who will come after us and...


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