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February 6, 2018

For many museums, Valentine's Day can be used as a day to show their supporters some love. Here is a roundup of some ideas to help you plan your outreach. 
For Donors: 
Anytime is a great time to tell donors that you appreciate them. If you don't have a designer on staff, here is a pre-made kit that can get you started for print and online campaigns. 
Some other resources include Pamela Grow's...
February 5, 2018

February is African American History month. We've round up a few resources.
Please feel free to contribute in the comments section any additional resources for our museum community. 
WESTERN MUSEUMSMuseum of the African DiasporaBuffalo Soldiers MuseumNW African American MuseumOregon Historical Society "Racing to Change" exhibition
African American History MonthSmithsonian Education –...
February 5, 2018
The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University is pleased to announce multiple awards for 2018 that are available for research and public programs related to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. Please see the descriptions below.
Follow the link for application instructions. Applications for 2018 are due by 11:59 p.m. MST on March 15,...
February 5, 2018

Lori Ann Jacobson
May 13, 1958 – January 31, 2018
"Lori was integral to WMA history and was a loyal and true friend to many in the museum community not to mention her amazing talent as an exhibit designer and developer."
- Gail AndersonPresident of Gail Anderson & Associates; former President of WMA Board of Directors
Lori Ann Jacobson was born in Story City, Iowa, on May 13, 1958. She...
January 31, 2018
By Ivy Young, Project Director, California Networks for Collaboration, California Association of Museums
The California Association of Museums (CAM) and 13 other partner organizations have joined together in recent years to oversee a collective vision for leveraging shared networks and providing professional development opportunities for museum workers across the state. This initiative is aptly...
January 30, 2018
By Jason Jones, Executive Director, Western Museums Association
A few short months ago, I was delighted to connect with so many of you in Edmonton at the Western Museums Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting. The joint international museum conference, a partnership with the Alberta Museums Association truly reflected our mission of “transforming the museum field through collaboration” and I hope you...
January 24, 2018
by Ivy Young, Project Director, California Networks for Collaboration, California Association of Museums
In recent years, the California Association of Museums (CAM) and 13 other partner organizations joined together to oversee a collective vision for leveraging shared networks and providing professional development opportunities for museum workers throughout rural, suburban, and urban regions...
January 16, 2018
By Brian D. Vallo, Director- Indian Arts Research Center at School for Advanced Research
The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) is a division of the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The goal of IARC is to bridge the divide between creativity and scholarship by supporting initiatives and projects in Native American studies, art history, and creative expression that...


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