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November 6, 2017
By Lauren Nichols
THANK YOU to all attendees, sponsors, volunteers, Program & Host Committee members, the WMA board of directors, and finally our partners: the Alberta Museums Association for making WMA 2017 a success! This year’s Annual Meeting, UNITE, focused on the ways museums can unite across sectors, across communities, and across borders to work towards innovative and inclusive...
October 27, 2017
                      
By Brianna Cencak
“Take a Risk. It’s The Most Edmonton Thing You Can Do.” These were the big, bold words that were painted across a tall building that caught my eye on my walk back from a pre-conference workshop. Risk-taking can be perceived in so many different ways. Some people thrive off taking risks, whether in their personal or professional lives, or perhaps even both...
October 19, 2017
       
By Melanie Fales
I am grateful to the Western Museums Association and the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies for this recognition of Minidoka: Artist as Witness, an original exhibition organized by the Boise Art Museum. The award reinvigorates our work and gives us a sense of great pride. 
Boise Art Museum is located just 130 miles away from Minidoka, yet most residents in our urban...
October 11, 2017
          
Have you always wondered how much your museum colleagues get paid? Do you want to know how your salary stacks up to peers with similar job titles? You can get the latest salary information and employment trends with the new 2017 National Museum Salary Survey, the only comprehensive study of its kind for the museum field.

With data received from 1,060 institutions nationwide, the...
September 28, 2017
The Western Museums Association presented our annual Director's Chair Award to Dr. Robert R. Janes during our Annual Meeting UNITE 2017. The Director’s Chair Award is designed to showcase and acknowledge outstanding achievements in the museum profession. The Award is presented annually to an individual who has had a significant and lasting impact on museum practices and/or the museum profession...
September 7, 2017
By Ian Gill
I entered the San Francisco State University Museum Studies program in fall 2015 with a planned focus in Collections Management and Registration. Through program coursework and internship experiences, my interests expanded to other aspects of collections care, including database management, intellectual property issues, and the way that technology facilitates interaction with...
April 6, 2017
Professional conferences are a fantastic arena to learn and grow through attending sessions, networking with peers, and exposure to organizational, theoretical, and geographical perspectives. However, taking advantage of this type of opportunity often is a matter of finances.
The Western Museums Association (WMA) offers the Wanda Chin Scholarship to assist member’s financial needs and ultimately...
March 23, 2017
By Scott Burg
The Computer History Museum (CHM) is in the midst of an exciting phase of expansion and transformation. Within the next year CHM will launch a large-scale exhibition on software as well as a new Center for Software History, both of which are part of their larger software initiative and follow the June 2016 launch of Exponential, a center for entrepreneurship and innovation. 

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