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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.

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May 12, 2020

The beginning of 2020 marked a time of growth and renewal for what was once the Washington County Museum and historic Five Oaks site. Assuming a new name – Five Oaks Museum – the organization embraced its deep roots, while embodying the practice of moving history forward.
Yet, only months into the renewal, the Museum was unexpectedly–like all museums and cultural institutions–faced with an...
May 5, 2020
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us had job security and a fairly optimistic perspective on the job market. But now, as all but essential businesses are still under lockdown, museum doors remain closed, and more furloughs or layoffs are expected, the job market will only continue to get more competitive.
What do you do now? Are there still jobs available in the museum sector? How can you...
April 30, 2020
“The Force will be with you. Always.” — Obi-Wan Kenobi
In a time when the dark side seems especially powerful, many of us look to familiar stories of comfort, happiness, and hope. So, it only makes sense that Star Wars–a story of triumph over evil, heroes, and redemption­­–would make for such a perfect escape.
With May the 4th (and Revenge of the 5th) approaching next week, we at WMA wanted to...
April 28, 2020

As museums across the United States have closed their doors to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus, many are still adjusting to our current reality and are making phased plans to reopen to the public. But where to start?
To help you and your institution navigate in response to COVID-19, and to successfully and safely reopen in the coming months, we at WMA present to you a variety of carefully...
April 22, 2020
Today, April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day ­– the largest secular environmental movement celebrated as a day of action to change human behavior and support of environmental protection. What started on April 22, 1970 with 20 million Americans taking to the streets and parks in demonstration, is now celebrated annually in 193 countries with the participation of more than 1...
April 9, 2020
Spending time in nature is scientifically proven to be beneficial to our overall health and well-being. Nature provides us with a sense of calm, reduces our stress levels, improves our focus, and promotes creativity. Listening, feeling, and experiencing nature is an invaluable resource, especially during the current global health crisis.
But what if you can’t get outside? What if you don’t have a...
April 8, 2020
If you’re like us over the last three weeks, you’ve probably increased your daily screen time and have been habitually scrolling through social feeds, liking images and watching videos.
With COVID-19, platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok have become the ultimate cure from boredom at home and an even greater global community of fun activities and educational resources.
But how should...
April 3, 2020
It feels like at this point, we all practically have toilet paper coming out of our ears.
Over the last few weeks, we've all been emptying store shelves and stockpiling hordes of toilet paper in our homes. But rather than simply recycling all of those cardboard rolls and letting them go to waste, why not flex your creative skills and use the rolls in a fun museum-inspired art project?
For all of...

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