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December 19, 2014
By Chelsea Werner-Jatzke
#SocialMedium at Frye Art Museum investigates the new frontier.
Developing an exhibition of late 19th century paintings to be selected by the Internet took Seattle’s Frye Art Museum in many interesting directions. A turning point in the planning process came with the decision to use four leading social media platforms—Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr—to...
December 15, 2014

The Western Museums Association (WMA) presents the second installment of WestMusings | 10 Minute Museum Talks, which took place during the 79th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas on October 5-8, 2014. WestMusings are short, engaging presentations by forward-thinking museum leaders. This year, WestMusers offered personal narratives about their origin stories and how they are connected to museums. Join...
December 11, 2014
By Kristen Mihalko
One of the toughest things about a new job is becoming familiar with colleagues and building relationships in the office. When I started working with the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, I knew that my challenge wasn’t just getting to know my internal coworkers but getting to know my colleagues throughout our 1,200 acre urban cultural park. Luckily, I entered an organization...
December 9, 2014
What does politics have to do with museums? One way to frame this question is to ask how are local, state, and federal politics affecting your institution’s community? As a Western Museums Association (WMA) 2014 Annual Meeting session’s title suggests, All Politics Are Local. Spending cuts continuously loom over government budgets, many of which are targeted at museums. Museum professionals must...
December 3, 2014
By Carolyn Grant
The mission of the Museum of Making Music is to celebrate the accomplishments and impact of the music products industry and to connect visitors with hands-on music making. As such, our special exhibitions have traditionally focused on a particular musical instrument or product. Examples of past exhibitions include:
The Ukulele and You: America’s Love Affair with the Jumping...
November 25, 2014
By Tim Glenn
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
On the edge of a tiny little town, overlooking a well-known river, in the middle of some of the most scenic and breathtaking landscapes you’ll ever see, sits a museum with untapped potential. Green River, Utah, a place with 950 residents and no stoplights, is the proud home of the John...
November 18, 2014
By Katharine Baldwin-Corriveau
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
How would you react if you found out that the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo himself over four painstaking years (1508-1512), was to be ‘adjusted’ or repainted in order to make it more contemporary or relevant for a 21st century audience?

November 12, 2014
The Tech Museum of Innovation was conceived in 1978, when the Junior League of Palo Alto—and later the Junior League of San Jose—developed a plan to create a dynamic learning center devoted to science and technology. Twelve years later, “The Garage” swung open its doors at downtown San Jose’s former convention center on San Carlos Street.
Then, in 1998, The Tech moved into its 132,000-square-foot...


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