Museum and Library Bring Art to the Heart of Science, Tech, Engineering & Math

By Colton Redtfeldt

Looking for a way to beat the summer heat? The Bellingham Public Library and the Whatcom Museum have partnered to offer free activities throughout the summer for children ages four and older that are aimed at making learning fun.

Held in the Lecture Room of the Central Library, four activities will be offered by staff from the Museum’s Family Interactive Gallery. The free events will focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) concepts using hands-on activities. All events are on Wednesdays from noon to 1pm.

Photo courtesy of Bellingham Public Library.

We want to inspire the imaginations of all ages and facilitate learning,” Susanna Brooks, the Museum’s Director of Learning Innovation, said. “One way we do this is by placing Art at the heart of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Our partnership with the library furthers our commitment to reach a wide variety of learners.”

On June 20, attendees can learn more about Pablo Picasso’s Cubism style of painting. Participants will create a self-portrait by studying their face in a mirror and then using geometric shapes to draw a portrait.

On June 27, participants can test their vision accuracy by playing a “Penny Cup Game,” in which they will attempt to toss coins into a cup with their eyes open and closed.

Kids can test their secret agent skills on July 18 by learning Morse code, which uses dots and dashes, as well as learning how to do “Mirror Writing.”

Photo courtesy of Bellingham Public Library.

Finally, on August 1, attendees will be able to test their math skills with fun money games such as “Dollar Dash” and “Coin War.”

“The library is thrilled the FIG can showcase their innovation at the library and provide families with fresh STEAM ideas and activities,” said Bethany Hoglund, Bellingham Library’s Head of Youth Services.

For more information about programs offered at the Museum’s Family Interactive Gallery, visit For a schedule of summer programs and story times at the Bellingham Public Library, visit




Museum Hosts Annual Washington Museum Association Conference

By Colton Redtfeldt & Christina Claassen

The Whatcom Museum has earned the honor of hosting the Washington Museum Association’s (WaMA) annual meeting June 20-22, 2018 on the Museum’s campus. It is the first time that the event has been held in Bellingham.

Museum professionals from across Washington State will come to Bellingham to participate in workshops, networking events, and the Association’s annual membership meeting. The theme for this year’s conference is “Transcending Boundaries.” In line with this theme, attendees will talk about ways to engage communities in conversations that bridge cross-cultural boundaries, according to WaMA.

Inspired by the theme, the Whatcom Museum plans on inviting museum professionals from British Columbia as well, inviting museum professionals across the border to collaborate and share their experiences.

“The Whatcom Museum is honored to have been chosen as the location for this year’s conference,” Patricia Leach, the Museum’s executive director said. “It is a wonderful opportunity to show off both our museum and our amazing community. We look forward to welcoming our museum colleagues.”

Part of the Museum’s responsibilities as conference host include offering space for the meeting and workshop sessions, organizing meals, arranging conference blocks at local hotels, and coordinating special events for the attendees.

Conference attendees will participate in an “Arts Crawl” on opening night, visiting other museums and cultural organizations in downtown Bellingham’s Arts District. On the second evening, attendees will take part in the Whatcom Museum’s annual History Sunset Cruise, learning the history of Bellingham from local historian Brian Griffin while enjoying a crab dinner provided by San Juan Cruises.

WaMA chooses a new location for its annual meeting each year, rotating every other year between museums on the east and west sides of the Cascades. The conference is not only a chance for museum professionals to network and learn from each other, but also an opportunity for the recently re-accredited Whatcom Museum to showcase the contributions it makes to the museum industry.

For more information about the conference visit