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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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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,...
November 10, 2020

WMA Board of Directors at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Boise, ID
 
The Western Museums Association (WMA) extends a warm welcome to all of our new Board Members and Officers! Comprised of some of the West's most dynamic and innovative leaders working in museums and cultural institutions, the Board helps guide WMA's mission to “transform the museum field through collaboration.” Together we will...
November 4, 2020
Food. Games. Museums. What more do you need this holiday season?
There’s no doubt that this year has been one crazy rollercoaster ride. And many of us are anxious for what the next couple of months will bring.
But for now, we’re here to tell you that yes, it’s still totally possible to have a joyous holiday season! Simply grab your laptop, iPad, cellphone, or any other technological device you...
October 21, 2020
Disinformation is one of the most widespread issues of our time.
Defined as false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth, disinformation has long been around, but today is being amplified by technological tools – specifically social media.
In a recent study, researchers specifically found that "...
October 14, 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced a near halt of the events, exhibitions, and public programming that make up the very essence of a museum. Yet, with speedy ingenuity and a little help from technology, museums continue to weather the financial storm that is 2020.
Even though museums have largely reopened across the nation, many are functioning at half-capacity, have cancelled typical events, and...
October 8, 2020

Over the last few weeks, we've received a tremendous amount of #WestMuseMail postcards from museum professionals across the US.
We truly enjoy hearing from all of you and love reading your kind words of encouragement, positivity, and joy! Please, keep 'em coming! Participate in #WestMuseMail here.
On this page, you'll find just a few of the many postcards that have filled our mailbox so far. We...

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