By Irina Zeylikovich
Partnering with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Museum of California, and The Marine Mammal Center, my colleague at the Bay Area Discovery Museum and I are looking forward to diving into the delicate art of museum collaboration at this year’s Western Museums Association (WMA) 2015 Annual Meeting in San Jose, California.
During our panel, Whose Program Is...
By Maren Dougherty
Earlier this year, our team at the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles launched an online crowdfunding campaign for our exhibition about Route 66. In 60 days, we raised more than $60,000 for the exhibition, including more than $40,000 through the Indiegogo platform and $20,000 in offline donations.
We were pleased with the results of the campaign, but we...
By: Suzanne Hilser-Wiles
So many museums suffer what some might consider a “happy problem”—generous support from board members and a robust membership program, but very little philanthropic activity between the two. While board support and a broad-based membership effort are important for the current financial stability of your organization, success in these areas might, in fact, be masking a...
By Marnie Leist
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attended the
2013 Annual Meeting
Marnie Leist at the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, AK.

“So, how did I do when I asked for that donation?”
“What types of charities do you support – museums, churches, social service organizations?”
“Why do you support our museum?”
“What made you decide to give to our museum?”
This session took place during the Western Museums Association 2013 Annual Meeting
In an improving economy, many institutions are ready to consider a move from strategic planning to the design and construction of new or renovated facilities. This session will present the issues to consider in making this transition including funding, board and community relations, sustainable design and the...
By Hank Helm
The Bainbridge Island Historical Museum is located on Bainbridge Island, Washington in Puget Sound, and this circumstance provides both unique opportunities and challenges. Our membership is drawn primarily from the Island’s current population of approximately 23,000 residents. The population serves as a bedroom community for commuters traveling into the City of Seattle by ferry,...
A closer look at the Western Museums Association 2013 Annual Meeting host city…
By Chrissy Upton
The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) is a lucky institution indeed. Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, UMOCA is surrounded not only by the beautiful landscape, but also by a supportive and talented artistic community. In fact, Martin Prosperity Institute named Salt Lake City the 8th most...
By Renee Montgomery

Case in point: the Architecture + Design Museum, Los Angeles
Upcoming on the A + D Museum schedule is the exhibition Never Built: Los Angeles, an exploration of visionary architectural plans that could have reshaped Los Angeles’ (LA) landscape but were unfortunately never realized. Included will be plans, renderings and models for proposed LA civic centers, airport, parks,...
Successful Development Models for University and Public Museums


Jill Hartz, Executive Director, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Greg Polzin, Director, Fundraising & Development, Palm Springs Art Museum Melissa Rosengard, Director of Institutional Advancement, Chabot Space & Science Center
Deidre Sandvick, Director of Development for the Arts, University of Oregon...
By: Caroline Posynick
Just like most communities these days, the museum sector in British Columbia has been going through some challenging economic times. The funding model still has its foundation in federal and provincial support and, as we all know, there’s not a lot of money for culture and heritage in the pot right now. Truthfully, it looks like there may never been enough to go back to...


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