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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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June 16, 2020
The sun is out, the weather is hot, and the beaches are reopening. It’s officially Summer.
In our previous blog article, How to Stay Safe This Summer & Still Enjoy the Sun, we provided a few safety recommendations and rated the risk of 14 common summer activities. However, it's been a few weeks and even though the spread of COVID-19 is still prevalent, many businesses, restaurants, parks, and...
June 9, 2020
Over the last few weeks, the confluence of COVID-19 & Black Lives Matter has prompted museums of all types to think differently about their organizational structure and their critical role as civic institutions.
Now, museums are working diligently and are making radical internal shifts in order to not just survive the pandemic, but to thrive in a world that is now bringing a broader awareness...
May 28, 2020
It's been months of quarantine for the majority of us and with summer just around the corner, the urge to do normal summertime activities is very REAL. But what summer outings are safe for you and your family?
The good news–you can still soak up the sun, swim in the ocean, go camping, party with friends, and hang out with family. In some cities, you can even enjoy what was once a commonplace...
May 26, 2020

Even if Mental Health Awareness Month (May) is coming to an end next week, it is absolutely crucial to maintain good mental health as we continue to move forward in our new lives shaped by the COVID-19 global pandemic.
“Now more than ever before, it is important for the mental health community to come together and show the world that no one should ever feel alone.” (NAMI).
The CDC explains that...
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...

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