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April 17, 2023

For individuals looking to advance their careers, learn new skills, or expand their network, attending an in-person professional development conference can be vital and very beneficial.
The Western Museums Association (WMA) 2023 Annual Meeting – taking place October 5-8, in Pasadena, California – will offer the latest insight into the museum field, opportunities to learn and engage with...
April 12, 2023

Do you have a vision for the future of museums? Are you passionate about strengthening museums to help them serve their diverse communities? Or are you looking to get further involved in the museum field, while helping to serve your own institution and colleagues?
If so, then you might be a good fit for WMA’s Board of Directors, and we warmly invite you to submit your nomination for the 2023-...
March 6, 2023

Next Wednesday, March 15, 2023, from 12pm – 1pm PST, you’re invited to join colleagues from across the museum field alongside WMA’s Program Committee (PC) for a virtual brainstorm on WMA’s 2023 Annual Meeting Request for Session Proposals process. Led by WMA’s Executive Director Jason B. Jones, WMA’s PC members will offer guidance as well as tips and tricks for creating a compelling proposal....
February 28, 2023
As part of Museums Advocacy Day 2023, this past Monday, February 27, 2023, the Western Museums Association’s (WMA) Executive Director, Jason B. Jones, was presented with a 2023 Advocacy Leadership Award in recognition of his advocacy and leadership of the Western Museums Association.

(L-R) WMA's Executive Director Jason B. Jones, American Alliance of Museums' President Laura Lott, Executive...
February 14, 2023
Written by Judi Mae “JM” Huck, EMP; Development Coordinator, The Neon Museum
Our institution has a museum membership with the American Alliance for Museums (AAM). Recently, I asked AAM members to recommend books to emerging museum professionals considering post-baccalaureate work in Museum Studies, in the hopes of furthering their careers. I received over a dozen book recommendations and was able...
January 27, 2023

With tens of thousands of podcasts to choose from on every imaginable topic, we want to make it easy for you to add some fresh shows to your 2023 podcast feed – on all things museum.
Whether you’re into history, are interested in learning about DEAI practices, are obsessed with the newest art exhibits, or anything else museum-related, there’s a podcast for everyone on this list.
Let’s tune in...
January 13, 2023

Putting a puzzle together is a good analogy for approaching, organizing, and accomplishing your work week.
For a jigsaw puzzle, first, all the pieces must be taken out of the box, laid face up, and generally organized based on the overall picture that the puzzle will create. Then, a framework needs to be built by forming the outer edge of the puzzle, before one can move ahead to tightly fit...
January 4, 2023

The New Year is a good time to reset. We all start over with fresh mindsets, new resolutions to keep, and a sense of excitement as we look ahead. But across the next 12 months, there can be challenges and stressors that follow right along.
To find relief and to build resilience towards stressors in your life, practicing self-care is vital and taking the time to create a self-care plan can make...


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