By: Brian Eyler
With the WMA Annual Meeting only a few weeks away, I’ve been asked by the powers that be to share my thoughts about being an attendee (and a presenter) at the upcoming meeting in Honolulu.  To be honest, I’ll be arriving at this particular meeting with an unusual perspective.

After regularly attending (and presenting once before - Sacramento, I believe) WMA Annual Meetings for...

Museums as Gifts to Universities: Case Study Magnes to UC Berkeley

How good does WMA get?  Well, check out this session from last year's conference in Portland entitled, "Museums as Gifts to Universities."
It's got fundraising, collections issues, administration, technology, new leaders, drama and networking all wrapped into one...
And don't forget to REGISTER NOW FOR WMA HAWAII 2011!
From the RC-AAM list serve forwarded to Ted Greenberg

Treasured Museum Artifacts Damaged By Tsunami - Honolulu News Story - KITV Honolulu.
Hulihe'e Palace Once Hawaiian Royalty Vacation Home, Now Museum
Lara Yamada KITV4 News Anchor
KONA, Hawaii -- "This is an old photo of princess Kaiulani," said Palace Administrator Fanny Au Hoy as she showed KITV4's Lara Yamada into the palace basement.

by Allyson Lazar
Sunday morning, while other conference attendees were en route to Portland or just getting their first cups of coffee for the day, a bright-eyed group of registrars and collection managers, organized by the Registrars Committee-Western Region, trekked up to the wooded west hills to spend the day volunteering at Pittock Mansion!

But before we removed all of our dangling items...
By James G. Leventhal
Not too long ago, museums didn't have email. Or websites. Or e-blasts. We've simply incorporated these new technologies as they've arrived. In many cases they've improved our work and made our professional lives easier. Really, it's not even that long ago that we didn't use direct mail and I remember when it was a question as to whether we'd accept credit card donations.  ...
By Ted Greenberg
Hey, I have a happy smile on my face. I will see you in Portland in the next couple of weeks at the 75th anniversary celebration of the Western Museums
Association annual meeting. I am part of the presentation panel discussion: It’sAlive or Has Been in the Past: Care of Live Collections and Concerns of Use of Endangered Species in Museum Objects.
I will be joined by Tracy...
A2, Single Session Panel Discussion: “Selling Our Collections, New perspectives on Old Controversies in Today’s Economy,” Moderated by Doug DeFors (Monday, October 18, 2 PM to 3:15 PM)
By Doug DeFors
Imagine a museum press conference that announced, unapologetically, that the board had voted to sell a number of very valuable paintings from the permanent collection to avoid imminent bankruptcy....
by James G. Leventhal

Once independent, the Hammer is now part of UCLA

What do you value?  This is becoming a pressing question for museums in the United States as they... well, come of age.  With Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America (2006), AAM and Marjorie Schwarzer reminded us that museums in America are not a lot older than a 100-year tradition or industry.  That's...
Congratulations to our colleagues in California, Nevada, and Washington who earned recognition for their outstanding achievements in museum media at AAM's 2010 Muse Awards last night.
The Asian Art Museum (San Francisco, CA) won the top award in the Public Relations and Development category for Raising Spirits.
"Raising Spirits takes our world-renowned collection "on the road" via a plasma...
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...


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