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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...
April 13, 2021

The most meaningful education does not come from textbooks or tools of the trade, but from a community of people with shared knowledge, experiences, and histories. So, why not cultivate a community of practice at the intersection of museums and schools?
Museums are place-based cultural incubators that inherently offer a package of resources, programming and objects that can educate young...
March 30, 2021
Written by James Boorn, an accessibility advocate and student in the University of Washington Museum Studies Certification Program
The American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) – a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability ­– celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2020 in the midst of a global pandemic and a national social justice movement. In the face of these 2020...
March 10, 2021

Expert tips, online trainings, and digital toolkits are all at your fingertips with the Museum Learning Hub.
Over the last six-months, the Western Museums Association (WMA) has been collaboratively working with the other six U.S. regional museum associations to bring to life a nationwide initiative dedicated to providing free, self-paced training resources for small museums.
Initially created as...


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