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February 20, 2010
The Balboa Park Online Collaborative hosted a workshop on February 16 and 17, 2010 on mobile interpretive tools and strategy. Day One featured Nancy Proctor, head of New Media for the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Nancy manages the Museum Mobile project, a blog and wiki for collaborative work on mobile interpretation in museums. You can find an exceedingly detailed wiki page for this workshop...
February 19, 2010
Networks improve when they echo each other -- more copies keep things safe and when you help others, it helps you.  So WMA is pleased to keep posting on the upcoming AAM Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.  Allyson Lazar put up the Mountain Plains survey; because WMA's recent survey was so important for us.  And we will post more on the upcoming California Association of Museums Meeting.  Here's more...
February 17, 2010
by Allyson Lazar
Thank you to the Museum of Latin American Art for hosting this year's BIL conference last weekend!
Wait, what's BIL, you ask? Ever heard of TED? No? Well, let's start with TED.
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and it is an annual conference that, to use its own language, is dedicated to "ideas worth spreading." Each year, TED brings together some of the most...
February 16, 2010

The Mountain-Plains Museums Association has put together an important and timely survey for ALL museums in ALL regions regarding museum advocacy. Please take a moment to fill it out by Monday, February 22nd.
And if you haven't already done so, please also check out the AAM advocacy site for ideas about how to make your voice heard in Congress.
Museums Advocacy Day will be March 22-23, 2010....
February 14, 2010
By Dewey Blanton
When the 104th AAM Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo convenes in Los Angeles May 23-26, the 5,500+ attendees will benefit from a big dose of Western wisdom.
Of the more than 160 program sessions on tap for the event, 60 will be chaired by museum professionals and experts representing the nine-state region. Of course, geography plays a role in this large Western presence ─ to a point...
February 13, 2010
Sorry for the delay on this final post! Click here for part 1 of this post. And here for part 2.
As I've thought about this workshop, which grew out of a session that Steve Tokar and Beth Katz put together for WMA in Anchorage (2008), I was happy to participate. I think both the museum and the participants got a valuable experience out of the workshop, which allowed them to experience the host...
February 8, 2010

WMA President Aldona Jonaitis

Dear WMA members-
The WMA Board just met up in Portland for two days of planning sessions at the Doubletree Hotel, site of this fall's 75th meeting of the Western Museums Association.  The Board Meeting followed the Program Committee meeting that had met the two days before.  The Board Meeting was a truly wonderful meeting, for several reasons.
One, and perhaps of...
January 29, 2010
by Allyson Lazar
This past Wednesday, the Center for the Future of Museums hosted a lecture/webcast entitled, "Towards a New Mainstream," sponsored in part by Learning Times and, thanks to an anonymous donor, registration was free to all! For those who have not yet participated in a webcast, here's how this one worked:
Up in the top left corner of my screen was a box where first CFM director...


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