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Solidarity in Social Justice: Connecting Stories Across Communities

Posted by Loreinne Helena on August 24, 2016 at 9:00am 0 Comments

The world of museums is changing. Topics that were once deemed difficult conversations are now coming to the forefront. While our communities are becoming more diverse, the words inclusion and intersectionality are becoming more important when discussing possible museum topics. It is important to reach our surrounding communities because they are the faces that represent our new conversations. In order to have a completely engaging conversation that is genuine and welcomes interaction from…


Navigating Change & Learning to Listen

Posted by Alexa Kim on August 10, 2016 at 9:00am 0 Comments

As museums and cultural institutions, we serve a wide variety of constituents. Our surrounding cultures, audiences, and environments are constantly in a state of flux. With these changing times and our roles as “schools” of culture and knowledge, we must avoid remaining static and continue to fluidly adapt to the changing worlds around us.

As Luis Camnitzer has affixed onto many…


CAM 2016 Conference: "Connecting the Disconnected" Solutions to Reconnecting to Your Community

Posted by Christine Hoffmark on July 27, 2016 at 9:00am 0 Comments

           As museum professionals, we all want people to come to our museums and be inspired and feel a connection to what we are doing. It’s both a rewarding and frustrating process. One of the issues that many museums have noticed in recent years is the drop in attendance. Disconnect between museum and community is one of the main causes. At the CAM conference this year, I had the pleasure of working with Joy Tahan Ruddell, Senior Registrar for the Oakland Museum of California. Her…


Special Needs for Special Needs

Posted by Jorge Mora on July 13, 2016 at 9:00am 1 Comment

Working at the San Bernardino County Museum in the role of Museum Educator I have come across a varied number of students with special needs. When I work with these individuals I begin to wonder what else is being done at other museums to help educate those with special needs. Yes, we do our best, but is our best really enough? Museums should rethink the roles educators play and who these educators are. Those trained specifically to work with students with special needs should be given a…



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