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August 11, 2021

We all know that summer is better with a scoop of ice cream in hand… or a double scoop… triple… who’s counting?
Whether indulging in your favorite summertime treat, getting some good R&R under a palm tree, or breathing your way through yoga on the beach, a topnotch summer is stacked full of self-care.
At this point, we have all come to understand just how critical self-care is to our overall...
July 26, 2021

We’re thrilled to announce MATT Construction as a WMA sponsor!
Sure, we all know what the basic idea of a building is ­– a stationary structure with a roof and four walls. But to MATT Construction, a building is so, very much more. Guiding their work is the principle that buildings are the signature of a civilization—they are meaningful spaces that tell our history and purpose and are standing...
July 13, 2021

Amidst a deadly heat wave on Wednesday, June 30, a rapid and devastating wildfire swept through the historic village of Lytton in the interior of British Columbia. The little town of only 250 people sustained structural damage, but 90% was destroyed including the center of town, the Lytton Museum and Archives, and the Chinese History Museum.
By Friday night, both museums had completely burned...
July 9, 2021

We’re thrilled to announce Cinnabar as a WMA sponsor!
Founded in 1982 with roots in the entertainment industry, Cinnabar California, Inc. has become a vanguard of integrating innovative new approaches to the process and production of award-winning museum exhibitions. Its team of creative thinkers and artisan builders are true pioneers at amalgamating sustainability considerations into all facets...
June 15, 2021

Museums are places where we can all come together to engage in discourse, raise awareness, communicate who we are, and belong as a community. Being so, it is essential that museums celebrate, recognize, support, and welcome people of every sexual orientation and gender identity, not only during June, but all year round. Inclusion muse be embedded in every aspect of museum work – from staffing...
May 21, 2021
In April, a Museum Accessibility Survey was promoted on the Western Museum Association (WMA) website and social media channels, and further shared out by other museum associations. The survey responses revealed a central theme – we know the need, but we need help. View the full survey report here.
One respondent voiced: “I think museums . . .  know they need to make their exhibits, programs, etc...
May 12, 2021

Observed in the U.S. since 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has become a movement that provides support through education, advocates for better policies, and fights the stigma and discrimination around mental health.
In recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month, we are helping to raise awareness among museum professionals and offer support through the sharing of trusted resources. We...
May 5, 2021

Rather than simply being a box to be checked, WMA approaches diversity & inclusion (D&I) as a process that must be committed to, regularly reaffirmed, and woven into our everyday activities. We view the work of D&I as the constant examining and questioning of the makeup of the museum field, to ensure that the systems and structures that exist within our organizations are, and remain...


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