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April 30, 2015
By Sarah Bloom and Regan Pro
One of the issues that we often encounter when talking with colleagues about audiences is how often museum education departments silo their youth and family visitors between in-school and out-of-school time. This can often seem like the most efficient approach to meeting different needs at different times, but also seems to be more focused on what is best for the...
April 28, 2015
By Shannon Tara Kraichy
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
Last October, I was fortunate enough to attend the Western Museums Association's (WMA) 2014 Annual Meeting, in large part due to receiving the Wanda Chin Scholarship. As a recent graduate, I could not have afforded all the expenses of travelling to the conference without it....
April 23, 2015
By Katherine Yee
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
Creative Director – This is not a common title in the museum field. It is a much more common title used at a design and marketing agency.
I went to school for graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). I have always had an interest in designing in three-dimensional...
April 21, 2015
By Ami Davis
Art museums, and California art museums in particular, are increasingly tasked with expanding their engagement strategies for the twenty-first century. Demographic shifts in our state are twenty years ahead of the rest of the nation. Youth lack consistent arts education in schools, and thus art museums run the risk of losing the support of future generations. How do we as an art...
April 16, 2015
By Leilani Lewis
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
Attending the WMA 2014 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas this year, for the first time, was a tremendous opportunity for me. I met with colleagues from across the west, attended sessions that increased my knowledge base, and gleaned insights that emboldened my practice as a museum...
April 14, 2015
By AnnaMaria Paruk
Many STEM trainings are geared toward the teachers or administrators who work with children, but BurkeMobile, the mobile educational outreach program at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, Washington, recently had the opportunity to lead a training with a group that is sometimes overlooked—parents.
In February, we packed museum objects and headed to...
April 6, 2015
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...
April 1, 2015
The Western Museums Association (WMA) 2015 Annual Meeting in San Jose will be here before you know it! One of WMA’s goals is to foster inclusion and leadership, and in that spirit the WMA is happy to announce the official Request for Proposals for the 2015 Poster Session.
The goal of the Poster Session is to showcase how museums Listen • Learn • Lead—the theme of WMA 2015 Annual Meeting—in order...

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