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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...
January 11, 2018

By Hillary Rya, Western Museum Association
On Tuesday, January 16, museum director Tracy Calogheros was listening to the radio as she drove home from work, when suddenly she had to pull over because of what she was hearing from her car radio. The McDonald’s radio advertisement, which had been running since at least Monday, promoted the burger chain’s $5 menu as a better value than a visit to a...
November 30, 2017

By Katie Novak
Whether you’re just getting started with social media, or you want to figure how the heck to make it work with a team of two, these six steps will get you set in a good direction.
1.Start with WHY
Develop a foundation for yourself (and anyone who you may need to get on board with your plan!) by starting with WHY. Answering the fundamental question of why you’re on social media...


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