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February 21, 2018

By Hillary Ryan, Western Museums Association; based on an article by Halden Ingwersen in Talent Management 
National employee recognition day is coming up next week, Friday, March 2 to be precise. Employee recognition is the praise, acknowledgement, and appreciation given to employees in the workplace. And it’s effective. In fact, receiving praise in the workplace has benefits like increasing...
February 15, 2018

As you may know, President Trump's latest budget proposal calls for the elimination of multiple agencies that fuel arts and humanities programs including the Institute for Museum and Library Services. AAM's president Laura Lott has been clear that these cuts cannot be allowed to move forward and are not supported by the data. In fact, the 2017 report Museums as Economic Engines shows that...
February 12, 2018
by Michael Vierela, Graduate Student, Southern Utah Museum of Art
As a graduate student in arts administration, professional development has become an essential opportunity to supplement my education with real-world applications. One of the most effective ways that I have found to develop my own knowledge and professional skills is learning from my peers at professional conferences. However,...
February 6, 2018

For many museums, Valentine's Day can be used as a day to show their supporters some love. Here is a roundup of some ideas to help you plan your outreach. 
For Donors: 
Anytime is a great time to tell donors that you appreciate them. If you don't have a designer on staff, here is a pre-made kit that can get you started for print and online campaigns. 
Some other resources include Pamela Grow's...
February 5, 2018

February is African American History month. We've round up a few resources.
Please feel free to contribute in the comments section any additional resources for our museum community. 
WESTERN MUSEUMSMuseum of the African DiasporaBuffalo Soldiers MuseumNW African American MuseumOregon Historical Society "Racing to Change" exhibition
African American History MonthSmithsonian Education –...
February 5, 2018
The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University is pleased to announce multiple awards for 2018 that are available for research and public programs related to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. Please see the descriptions below.
Follow the link for application instructions. Applications for 2018 are due by 11:59 p.m. MST on March 15,...
February 5, 2018

Lori Ann Jacobson
May 13, 1958 – January 31, 2018
"Lori was integral to WMA history and was a loyal and true friend to many in the museum community not to mention her amazing talent as an exhibit designer and developer."
- Gail AndersonPresident of Gail Anderson & Associates; former President of WMA Board of Directors
Lori Ann Jacobson was born in Story City, Iowa, on May 13, 1958. She...
January 31, 2018
By Ivy Young, Project Director, California Networks for Collaboration, California Association of Museums
The California Association of Museums (CAM) and 13 other partner organizations have joined together in recent years to oversee a collective vision for leveraging shared networks and providing professional development opportunities for museum workers across the state. This initiative is aptly...


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