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October 15, 2009
By Adam Rozan

The author at the Oakland Museum of California, showcasing and Creative Time presents Mark Tribe's Port Huron Project 5: The Liberation of our People.

The Targeting Young Cosmopolitans in Museums study was born out of a 2009 session of the Association of Midwest Museums conference entitled, The Next Generation: Targeting Young Audiences in an Uncertain Economic Climate.
The report...
October 14, 2009
By Melissa Rosengard
How can the public become educated and prepared for a global natural disaster that may not fully realize for several decades?  One of the most critical roles a science museum can play is to be an active participant in educating their constituents on the science and practical realities around climate change and the subsequent consequences on the earth’s water levels.
October 6, 2009
Elida Zelaya, Executive Director

A recent contact called some of the planners at WMA "the Funky Bunch" LOL.  I love the name, it does fit, BUT we are still professionals designing a professional program for you. When asked what I am most looking forward to offering at this year's conference in San Diego, I have to say the hands-on Resource Clinics first.
On Tuesday October 27 from 5:45 pm - 7:45...
October 3, 2009
By Stephanie Weaver
On Wednesday, October 28 the attendees to the Western Museums Association will be heading to San Diego's Balboa Park for the afternoon. This will be an amazing opportunity to tour the "Smithsonian of the West," with all the cultural institutions opening their doors for free. The day is sponsored by the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, with the transportation underwritten by...
October 3, 2009

Four Cities One Web Site

Public/Private/Community Partnership Shines Spotlight on Diversity, Quality, Volume and Accessibility of Arts in the East Bay as one of America’s Highest Per Capita Arts Regions.
By James G. Leventhal
Today there was a press conference to launch the 510Arts.com portal website.  I live in Oakland.  I work in Berkeley and the Western Museums Association has its central...
September 26, 2009

Nam June Paik, TV Buddha (1974) Closed Circuit video installation with bronze sculpture

What kind of stuff is coming up at #WMA2009?  How 'bout Navigating New Media in Collections without Going Adrift...
Time-based media such as video art, sound sculptures, oral histories, and other recorded media have been entering our museums collections and exhibitions for decades. The care and management of...
September 23, 2009
By Stephanie Gabrielle Almeida

Click image to see more screen shots from They Called Me Mayer July opening in Second Life

Look no further than the nearest comfy couch or recliner for the future of Museums and Museum exhibitions.
I had the honor of attending a gallery opening at the Tachles Gallery in Second Life for the Mayer July (First Life name:  Mayer Kirshenblatt) exhibition.  I met up...
September 22, 2009
By Stephanie Weaver
San Diego hosted this two-day conference, sponsored by the Balboa Park Online Collaborative and funded by the Benbough Foundation. This was an amazing opportunity to hear some cutting-edge experts on museums and social media, and organizer Rich Cherry did a fantastic job bringing them all together.
Speakers included Peter Samis, Associate Curator of Interpretation for SFMOMA,...


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