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February 25, 2015
By Cho Rao
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
Attending the Western Museums Association’s 2014 Annual Meeting in October included many firsts. It was my first time at a regional museum conference, it was my first time in Nevada, let alone Las Vegas, it was also my first time hiking through the desert, looking for (earth) art!
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February 17, 2015
By Ryan Pinter
As October approached, I was looking forward to attending the Western Museums Association’s (WMA) 2014 Annual Meeting with excitement because I think conferences are always enjoyable, and it was, after all, in Las Vegas. I also felt some trepidation since I would be presenting for the first time during the conference. I had spent nearly two months preparing for the meeting and...
February 11, 2015
By Amy F. Steffian
The Gulf of Alaska is a storm graveyard, a place where low-pressure systems stall against high coastal mountains saturating the landscape with rain and wind. In the Kodiak Archipelago, gales roll metal dumpster, gild sophisticated boats with a disabling coat of ice, and drench even those clad in the thickest rubber rain gear. Here, drowning and hypothermia are always lurking...
February 3, 2015
By Alexa Beaman
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
As a University of San Francisco Museum Studies Graduate Student with interests in leadership, education, and mobile engagement, the Western Museums 2014 Annual Meeting and Wanda Chin Scholarship allowed me to immerse myself in varied sectors of the museum field as well as network...
January 28, 2015
By Crystal Mason
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
My interest in education always stemmed from my desire for knowledge and the amazing ability to share it with others. I began my career in education at a public high school and I can honestly state that at that time I was unaware that museum education was even a possible career path...
January 20, 2015
By Marcelle Lunau
Wrapping or boxing or leaving…How do we decide what to do when we want to protect our cultural heritage? And which plastics are safe to use?
Recently I had a conversation with participants at the Balboa Art Conservation Center (BACC) Focus on Collections workshops in Tempe about whether or not plastics are safe to use for wrapping leather objects in storage. In this case, we...
January 6, 2015
By Lauren Valone
Museums are just beginning to put their programming, marketing, and outreach into place for the coming year. Strategic plans have been formed and are now into the implementation phase. Museums reach out to local constituents, schools, associations, other non-profits, and many other groups in order to create mutually beneficial plans. However, local, state, and federal governments...
December 30, 2014
By Julie Decker
The changes affecting the landscape and the lifeways in the North have brought increased attention to and interest in the Arctic, ranging across science, art, literature, geopolitics, and cultural history. While persistent darkness and extreme cold will remain, the melting of the ice mass in the Arctic represents, to many, economic and strategic opportunities. Of particular...


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