By: Nik Honeysett
My second ever WMA Annual Meeting turned out to be as stimulating and rewarding as last year’s. I was skeptical that Palm Springs could hold a candle to Honolulu and then I spent an unreasonable amount of time on my way to give my keynote looking up Marilyn Monroe’s skirt and I was all at once, at one with the world and in particular, Palm Springs.
More seriously, the generosity...
Were you a Presenter at WMA 2012 in Palm Springs? Do you want to share your PowerPoint, text of your speech, or a recap of your session?
We would love to put it up here at the WestMuse blog, and share some of the fabulous content from this year’s Annual Meeting with those that couldn’t make it to Palm Springs.
Email all questions wma (at) westmuse.org
On behalf of the Western Museums Association Board of Directors and members, I want to thank you for your work as a volunteer for the WMA 2012 Annual Meeting Restore & Rejuvenate: Our Cultural & Natural Resources in Palm Springs. WMA’s Annual Meeting provides museum professionals an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices, network with colleagues, and learn more about museums in...
Yesterday I had the pleasure of moderating my dream panel of museum executive directors in a discussion about how they have transformed their museums in recent years.
The speakers were Graham Beal, Executive Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Lori Fogarty, Director and CEO of the Oakland Museum of California, and Jay Xu, Director of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. I chose these...
By: Ted Greenberg
To everyone attending the upcoming Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, I would like to bring your attention to the Wanda Chin silent/live auction.  We have a tremendous amount of support from the museum community as well as many of our friends and vendors who support WMA. The live auction has some fantastic items to be bid upon such as a weekend stay in Northern California’s Sea...
By: Renee Montgomery
Spotlight on WMA-member museum: The Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art, on the grounds of Pilgrim Place, Claremont, California
About 30 minutes out of Palm Springs -- in the SoCal “Inland Empire” are several surprising museums and collections.  One of the most noteworthy is the Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art, a tranquil haven of over 10,000 cool artifacts from...
By: Merritt Price
Entering into the final days before the annual meeting in Palm Springs many of you, like me, are polishing or perhaps even scrambling to pull together your presentation materials.
Here are five tips to consider while preparing for your session:
1. Break your points up into threes — the brain remembers things better that way.
2. Practice until you know your material frontwards...

Wednesday, October 24 – Evening Event – 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Join WMA for an unforgettable evening at the Palm Springs Historical Society, the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum (ACCM) and the Palm Springs Art Museum. Start off the night by experiencing fine hors d’oeuvres at the Palm Springs Historical Society and the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, located within walking distance from the Hilton...
By: Renee Montgomery
Visitors to WMA’s Annual Meeting in Palm Springs will find some must-see institutions en route from LAX to Palm Springs.  The following three sites, directly off the freeway, will give conference-attendees a taste of three major Southern California eras.
Just 20 minutes outside downtown L.A., right off the 60 freeway, is the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum,...
WMA’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Palm Springs is just around the corner and our host museums are looking forward to having you in town!
Known as the ultimate desert playground for arts, culture, outdoor fun, and entertainment, Palm Springs has so much to offer, beginning with this year’s host museums. As you prepare to experience the 2012 conference and partake in all of the wonderful activities we...


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