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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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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...
February 24, 2021
By Jason B. Jones, Executive Director, Western Museums Association

“Art was a ray of sunshine in my museum career. He was one of the first people to greet me at WMA conferences, to share his experience and advice, as well as share insight of his adventures in Qatar (where I would later work for several years.) He was a friend and mentor to so many people. Thank you Art for inspiring all of...
December 21, 2020

Although WMA was not able to hold an in-person conference this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we were still able to stay connected with you and our WMA community through numerous virtual happenings. We all gathered around our computers to watch webinars, we shared resources and read articles on the WestMuse Blog, and we participated in the social campaign #WestMuseMail.
December 18, 2020
Between the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, celebrating the holidays, and getting our priorities straight for 2021, things are still stressful as ever.
With January 2021 not far out of reach, now is the perfect time to wrap up in your coziest blanket and treat yo' self to some serious self-care.
No matter where you are, what you're doing, and who you're spending the upcoming holidays with (or...


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