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October 12, 2018

The benefits of having a mentor can be invaluable to professionals at any career stage. Mentors can help with setting and achieving career goals, learning new skills, or offering a fresh perspective when you are facing challenges at work. Mentor relationships don’t exclusively benefit the mentee alone, however. Many mentors report feeling a sense of satisfaction from being able to help another...
September 29, 2018

Your personal brand communicates who you are as a professional and what you want to be known for. Defining your own personal brand is important for your growth as a professional, as it helps you take control over shaping and molding your own career trajectory. Establishing a personal brand is a great exercise for helping to give you clarity about your strengths as an employee and placing you on...
September 28, 2018

By Renee Montgomery
Recently, the international media reported that Colombian officials raided the Pablo Escobar Museum in Medellin, closing it down with a sign on door. Up to his 1993 death, drug lord Escobar and his Medellin cartel had supplied 80% of the U.S. cocaine market, making him the wealthiest criminal in history with a $30B estate. All totaled the Cartel was responsible for an...
September 24, 2018

Western Museums Association presents Professional Development Corner, a series of posts to help you navigate your museum career, find your next step, and get INSPIRED to do great things in the field. Stay tuned for more in this series to help you make the most of #wma2018 - and beyond!
Networking! It’s such an important aspect when developing professionally, especially when attending a...
September 8, 2018

By: Adrienne Edmonson
The Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Wing grand opening exhibitions, Metaphor into Form: Art in the Era of the Pilchuck Glass School will open January 19, 2019, with a week of partner and member events preceding the public opening, where TAM proudly will continue its legacy of showing thought provoking exhibitions.
Founded in 1935, as the Tacoma Art League, Tacoma Art Museum (TAM...
September 8, 2018

by Katie Buckingham, Curator at Museum of Glass
Even after six years at Museum of Glass, I am still captivated by our Hot Shop. The low hum of the furnace, a vague smell of burning cork, and, of course, the startling heat of molten glass makes for an arresting experience. But the thing that draws me in time and again is the simple fact that glassblowing is not a solo enterprise – sculpting,...
July 12, 2018

by Hillary Ryan, Communications and Programs Strategist
This year’s Annual Meeting theme is INSPIRE and I think that’s exactly what you’ll feel after listening to Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham’s keynote address- inspired.
As an older EMP (I off-ramped for 10 years to raise a family) I came back to the museum field thinking that the hope for change that I had shared with my graduate school peers...
July 12, 2018

The WMA 2018 Annual Meeting will feature a great selection of workshops and sessions that will help you learn more skills and gain insights about the business aspects of museums. If you are interested in development, marketing, or membership, consider planning your schedule to include these offerings. 
9:00 am- 4:00 pm Small Museum Legal Tool Kit
11:00 am-12:15...


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