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May 19, 2010
Recently some of you may have received emails reminding you to renew your membership with the Western Museums Association. In light of that fact, I thought I'd take a moment to mention a brand new membership benefit that we will soon be introducing: the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) program.
The primary purpose of the P2P program will be to match museum professionals with the expertise they need to address...
May 17, 2010
Colleagues –
In these difficult times, we're often overwhelmed by challenges just to keep our institutions healthy. Most of us are working harder than ever in our jobs. So, it's easy to lose sight of the truly wonderful things museums and the people in them do.
At the Western Museums Association Annual Meeting we intend to rectify that. Beyond our continuing education and networking, the...
May 3, 2010
By James G. Leventhal
In its inimitable first-class volunteer fashion...and to celebrate the blogsite westmuse's first year birthday, the Western Museums Association has a new look!
Oo, you gotta love a "new look and feel."  Here's a big thank you to the logo's designer Nicole Trudeau.  Trudeau has also designed the forthcoming 75th Anniversary program for Portland.

California Video at the Getty...
April 29, 2010
by Ted A. Greenberg
How do you like to help your colleagues?  What is a fun way to support learning for professionals? How do you or your museums like to participate at our annual meetings and know you are making a worthy donation? What is way to help support your travel and get to the annual meetings?
One way is the Wanda Chin Professional Development Support Fund...
April 28, 2010
By James G. Leventhal

Crowds Gathing at New De Young 2:49 a.m.

The San Francisco Bay Area has seen some extraordinary museum openings over the past several years.  When the New de Young opened it did a 32-hour party and community celebration, starting a trend that was then picked up by the Contemporary Jewish Museum with Dawn in 2008 and now the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA).
"The newly...
April 25, 2010
By Adam Rozan

Click on Adam to follow the OMCA twitterfeed

Construction is a fixed presence across the American museum landscape.  Our visitors have grown accustomed to seeing it.  However, the greatest renovations occurring have little to do with brick and mortar projects, but rather the varying degrees of change in visitor-focused services, program offerings, and promotion-oriented thinking...
April 22, 2010
Posted by Kaia Landon Annual Conference June 2-5, 2010: Register Now to Save! Speaking up for Museums: Institutional Advocacy The 28th Annual Meeting of the Museum Association of Arizona Can you articulate why museums matter? Can you tell funders, visitors and associates how important your institution is to your community? Can you share a personal story about how a museum impacted your life? Do...
April 20, 2010

By Lydia Johnson
I got an email from Stephanie Weaver last week:
Tech Talks are in! Monday, October 18 in Portland, Oregon.
Stephanie is coordinating The Tech Talks (formerly Tech Lab) at WMA's annual conference later this year, and asked me to participate.  I live in Silicon Valley, so I see and hear about the cutting edge of technology every day.  In fact, the business section in our local...


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