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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 20, 2020
This is certainly, not business as usual.
Today, with schools closed and daycares canceled, many parents are still trying to find that sweet balance between work, family, and personal self-care.
Maybe you’ve found your stride. Maybe you’ve had total success in pivoting to this new full-time at-home caregiver role. But if you still haven’t quite found your balance, or you’re wondering how you will...
May 15, 2020
One silver lining of being stuck at home during this pandemic is the ability to get cozy with a good book. We all have more time to dig into those hardcovers getting dusty on our bookshelf, revisit an old favorite, or read something new and thought-provoking.
While many local bookstores and libraries are closed, thankfully, many are still doing business online, making it easy to access books...
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...

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