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...
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...
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...

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...
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...
Catamaran Reception Area

by Valerie Huaco
The caller was so enthusiastic her voice bounced right out at me. Guess what! She wanted us to know that she had found a cheap hotel room to stay in during the annual meeting of WMA. Wasn’t that great? Did we want to tell the membership?
So here’s how it works. WMA starts looking at where to hold the annual meeting two, three, even four years in...

by  Lydia Johnson
AAM 2009: The Museum Experiment is now history.  In the weeks following big conferences like this, where ideas sizzle like Pop Rocks candy, it’s always interesting to see what sticks.  What topics will we still be chewing on next week…next month…next year?  (and I don’t mean the obvious “how do you throw a party when nobody can afford to come?”)
This year, I’m putting my money...
By Allyson Lazar
What is your vision of the future for museums? Is it a rosy future? Is it frought with peril and disaster? Is it radically different from today? How will we get there? AAM and the Center for the Future of Museums
Voices of the Future Interviews on YouTube

is eager to hear the thoughts of museum professionals regarding our future. At the annual conference last week in...
I absolutely loved the opening session today from the wonderful and witty discussion of Einstein and creativity with Walter Isaacson, to the great "Town Hall" that Ford Bell conducted, to the thrilling singing of the gospel choir Soul Searchers that started things off. I am dashing off to the Contemporary Art Museum for an evening event that should be fun and daring...Radical Art. Philly is...


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