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November 3, 2015
Dear WMA 2015 Annual Meeting Volunteers,
On behalf of the Western Museums Association (WMA) Board of Directors, staff, and members, I want to thank you for your work as a volunteer at the WMA 2015 Annual Meeting in San Jose. WMA’s Annual Meeting provides museum professionals an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices, network with colleagues, and learn more about museums in the Western...
October 14, 2015
By John Bello
Community museums are part of a shift in the museum field where there is an emphasis on developing community connections and engaging with visitors in new and different ways. Organizations of all kinds are reaching out to community museums and seeking partnerships to help them connect with the people they serve. I am involved in one such partnership in Tempe, Arizona. The Tempe...
October 11, 2015
By Alexa Beaman
In preparing to present as a part of the panel “Defining Leadership Across Generational Divides” at the Western Museums Association 2015 Annual Meeting, I reflected on moderator James Burns’ question of how established leaders can work together with emerging leaders to build a stronger profession and stronger institutions. And with that I also thought, how could I provide insight...
October 4, 2015
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...
September 28, 2015
By Faithe McCreery
My decision to pursue a career in the museum field was informed, more than anything, by a simple, yet elegant proposition: that museums have the potential to impact the social wellbeing of their visitors, and of larger society. I think that most museum professionals, and many amateur museum fans, would agree with this notion—and some of the most renowned museological scholars...
September 21, 2015

WATCH 2015 VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE
 
The Western Museums Association (WMA) proudly announces the third installment of WestMusings | 10 Minute Museum Talks featuring innovative museum topics. Modeled after TED Talks, WestMusings is an unconference program of short, engaging presentations by forward-thinking museum leaders.
WestMusings is happening at the 2015 Annual Meeting during A Night in Nerdvana...
September 15, 2015
History San José collects, preserves and celebrates the stories of diversity and innovation in San José and the Santa Clara Valley. Operating in three locations: History Park, a historical and cultural campus featuring 19 partner organizations; the Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site, one of the oldest and most significant locales in San José; and the Collection Center, the Valley’s...
September 12, 2015
By Lauren Valone
At the helm of Silicon Valley’s Computer History Museum (CHM) is President and CEO, John Hollar. Since starting in 2008, Hollar has lead a re-envisioning of the Museum’s strategic planning and operations, as well as led the development of the permanent exhibition, "Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing," a multi-platform history experience that examines computing's...

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