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April 15, 2010
To Members of WMA:
Here is an opportunity to help your organization!
WMA is celebrating its 75th Anniversary and we want our members to join in with the festivities.
WMA will be having a booth in the exhibition hall at the AAM meeting in Los Angeles. We are looking for volunteers who like to interact with other people to sit in the booth at various times during the meeting. We would want people...
April 14, 2010
By Jason B. Jones
As a graduate student in the San Francisco Bay Area, revolution is familiar territory. Ideas of changing the world permeate the culture of the Bay. At the John F. Kennedy University’s Berkeley Campus, on Saturday April 10, 2010, the Department of Museum Studies hosted a colloquium: Museums in a Troubled World.
Dr. Robert R. Janes discussed his recent book Museums in a Troubled...
April 4, 2010
by James G. Leventhal
Man, as I look back over 75 years of the Western Museums Association, it makes me think of museum programs and exhibitions that I've seen...and those I've missed.
A show I REALLY wished I'd seen was California Video at the Getty from 2008.  A "Golden Oldie"?  Man, that've been golden for sure, but maybe not an "oldie"?
Do you have a favorite exhibition to mention?  Seen or...
March 31, 2010
by Allyson Lazar
One year ago WMA entered a new era of engagement with our colleagues by creating this blog site! Since then, the blog has seen posts from museum professionals literally around the world on topics from community engagement to the future of museums and so much more in between. Our visitorship to this blog has grown from zero (we all have to start someplace, right?) to over 6,000...
March 17, 2010
by Stephanie Weaver
Last week I attended a daylong workshop at the CAM Conference sponsored by the California Exhibition Resources Alliance (CERA). The workshop was a Technology Salon for Small Museums and featured presentations throughout the day on how to use technology wisely and efficiently for marketing, interpretation, and in exhibits. It was hosted by the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara...
March 4, 2010
by Allyson Lazar
Can't make it to this year's AAM conference in Los Angeles? Never fear--this year AAM will also be hosting a virtual conference!
The two-day online conference will consist of nine sessions selected by the Standing Professional Committees (SPCs) on technology, couriering, visitor experience, planning, exhibition development and more!
But perhaps what is most exciting is that,...
March 2, 2010
by Alice Parman
A few years ago some University of Oregon students and I worked on ideas for an exhibit on the history of law enforcement in Lane County. This was part of an annual Interpretive Exhibits Studio course held at the Lane County Historical Museum.
Lady Justice figured prominently in our exhibit plans. She once stood inside the Lane County Courthouse in my hometown, Eugene, Oregon....
February 25, 2010
The Balboa Park Online Collaborative hosted a workshop on February 16 and 17, 2010 on mobile interpretive tools and strategy. Day Two on technology featured Titus Bicknell, Director of Information Technology for Experius Academy. You can find a detailed wiki page for this workshop here, including all of Nancy and Titus Bicknell's slides. See this post for Nancy Proctor's presentation and video...


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