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July 12, 2018

by Hillary Ryan, Communications and Programs Strategist
This year’s Annual Meeting theme is INSPIRE and I think that’s exactly what you’ll feel after listening to Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham’s keynote address- inspired.
As an older EMP (I off-ramped for 10 years to raise a family) I came back to the museum field thinking that the hope for change that I had shared with my graduate school peers...
July 12, 2018

The WMA 2018 Annual Meeting will feature a great selection of workshops and sessions that will help you learn more skills and gain insights about the business aspects of museums. If you are interested in development, marketing, or membership, consider planning your schedule to include these offerings. 
WorkshopSunday
9:00 am- 4:00 pm Small Museum Legal Toolkit
SessionsMonday
11:00 am-12:15...
July 11, 2018

The future of collections has become a major discussion point in the museum community. From the museum scene in Black Panther to the strong opinions being expressed about deaccessiong, unpacking conversations about museum collections is highlighted in this year's Annual Meeting,
Join your colleagues in unpacking the challenges and opportunities of museum collections of all shapes and sizes in...
June 29, 2018

Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham and Museum Hue
by Hillary Ryan, Communications and Programs Strategist
In 2015, Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham co-founded Brooklyn-based Museum Hue as a collective of people of color to come together to talk about what was happening at their institutions and to visit and explore other museums and arts organizations. Since then, Museum Hue has evolved to become an arts...
June 29, 2018

by John Larson, Director, Polson Museum in Hoquiam, WA
A museum staff’s worst nightmare became reality the morning of June 9, 2018 when fire gutted Aberdeen’s historic 1922 armory destroying much of the Aberdeen Museum of History in Aberdeen, WA.  The sizeable structure also housed the Coastal Community Action Program, Aberdeen Senior Center and Grays Harbor Genealogical Society whose offices...
June 24, 2018
While there will be many great sessions and workshops, plenty of networking opportunities and a wide-variety of ways to celebrate the museum profession at WMA's 2018 Annual Meeting, we know that fantastic Evening Events are for many attendees the highlights that remain the longest with them.
Who doesn't like a party at a museum? 

When you register for WMA 2018 before June 30, you will be entered...
June 12, 2018

Hooray for June and National Pride Month!
We’ve rounded up some articles, lists and ideas about museums and the LGBTQIA+ community. Since this is not a comprehensive listing we invite you to send us your additions.
 
Museums and Archives
Pride: “10 Incredible Museums and Archives that are Preserving LGBT History” by Cassie Sheets
 
Online Museum Exhibitions
GLBT Historical Society Archives and...
June 12, 2018

The Western Museums Association (WMA) is excited to announce the addition of a new annual award: the WMA Impact Award. Created by the WMA board, this new award is focused on recognizing mid-career museum professionals.
"Mid-career professionals are the foundation of the museum profession. They've dedicated themselves to making museums thrive and succeed, stayed in the field when faced with...

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