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January 22, 2010
By Meredith Hayes
The Tucson Museum of Art is happy to include our good news with readers of westmuse. In fact we have lots of good news happening here. Our admissions have more than doubled over last year (of course Ansel Adams might have something to do with that, but we’ll take it in this day and age). And we have recently received a major grant for our education programs.
Along with other...
January 15, 2010
By Dewey Blanton

The AAM Annual Meeting will bring 5,500 museum professionals to LA this May for the 104th edition of the largest museum gathering in the world.

This year’s American Association of Museums (AAM) Annual Meeting is coming west, slated for Los Angeles May 23-26. And the 104th edition of the largest museum gathering in the world will be more international than ever.
Seeking to...
January 9, 2010
By Steve Tokar

Participants at the MOPA visitor comfort workshop, October 2009 #wma09

Museums: Do you care if your visitors are comfortable and happy? If they are able to read your labels, find the special exhibition or the restroom, sit down when they’re tired? If those with disabilities feel accommodated? If your visitors are inclined to return? Would you like to test a potentially easy and...
January 4, 2010
We need your input and ideas if we are going to reshape the Western Museum Association to effectively serve your needs.   That is the purpose of this survey which you can take through this link:  WMA Survey. By completing this 10 minute survey you will give the Association critical input towards our efforts to redesign our programs, processes and communications for the coming decade. Please...
January 1, 2010
By James G. Leventhal

Panel on Innovation at WMA09 San Diego: Lori Fogarty, Director, Oakland Museum of California; Douglas Fogle, Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the Hammer; Ted Russell, Senior Program Officer for the Arts, James Irvine Foundation; and Angelina Russo, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne,...
December 31, 2009
by Katherine Whitney
For their annual “Feast of Ideas” session, December 9, 2009, the Bay Area’s Cultural Connections experimented with a new format. Traditionally the December meeting is more social than other programs, focusing on gathering and exchanging information from many participants rather than a single speaker or topic. This was the case this year as well.
The broad theme was Technology...
December 22, 2009
Here in Fairbanks the day is at its shortest, the sun rising at 10:57am and setting at 2:39 pm.  Outside it’s -17.6 degrees.   When it’s this cold there’s no wind, so the snow just stays where it fell, and there are several inches of snow decorating the trees.  Cold, snow, short days - one might think this is a depressing time of year.  But it is absolutely not.
The low sun filters through the...
December 15, 2009
by Allyson Lazar (with hat tip to Ted Greenberg for pointing out the LA Times article)
The new "Survey of Public Participation in the Arts" was released on Thursday by the NEA.

According to a newly released NEA study, museum attendance is down. This may not seem news-worthy--we are in the middle of a recession for heaven's sake! But this December 14 article by Gregory Rodriguez from the LA...


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