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February 28, 2018

While white women dominate the growing pink collar workforce at most museums in the US, the representation of women as the focus for exhibition and scholarship at museums continues to lag behind.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts has taken up the call to increase awareness of this disparity with their third year of the #5WomenArtists campaign. The campaign asks cultural organizations and...
February 28, 2018

WMA will be taking March to reflect on the conversations about women in museums as they are emerging today. From the explosion of the #metoo movement to in-depth explorations about pay equity, there are a host of ways the topics of women and museums are intersecting. WMA will present a series of blog articles to inspire discussion on line and IRL about women.
The following topics will be...
February 27, 2018
WMA Member Spotlight on Foss Waterway Seaport
By Wesley Wenhardt, Executive Director, Foss Waterway Seaport
Twenty years ago, who would have ever guessed that Tacoma, Washington would become one of the fast-growing cities in the country? It wasn’t too long ago when deadly shootouts in Hilltop and endless rows of dilapidated buildings along Dock Street made some people wonder if it would be better...
February 21, 2018

By Hillary Ryan, Western Museums Association; based on an article by Halden Ingwersen in Talent Management 
National employee recognition day is coming up next week, Friday, March 2 to be precise. Employee recognition is the praise, acknowledgement, and appreciation given to employees in the workplace. And it’s effective. In fact, receiving praise in the workplace has benefits like increasing...
February 15, 2018

As you may know, President Trump's latest budget proposal calls for the elimination of multiple agencies that fuel arts and humanities programs including the Institute for Museum and Library Services. AAM's president Laura Lott has been clear that these cuts cannot be allowed to move forward and are not supported by the data. In fact, the 2017 report Museums as Economic Engines shows that...
February 12, 2018
by Michael Vierela, Graduate Student, Southern Utah Museum of Art
As a graduate student in arts administration, professional development has become an essential opportunity to supplement my education with real-world applications. One of the most effective ways that I have found to develop my own knowledge and professional skills is learning from my peers at professional conferences. However,...
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 –...


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