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If you are looking to connect with other museum professionals and have access to leaders in the industry, Cultural Connections programs are for you! The Board develops and hosts five programs annually.  Each program is varied in format and subject matter, and each is designed to bring you in contact with the rich talent and resources of our local museum community. Programs are held at museums and cultural spaces throughout the Bay Area.

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Upcoming Programs

    • Friday, December 02, 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • San Jose Museum of Art - Charlotte Wendel Education Center
    • 24

    The past few decades have seen a rise in dialogue around the idea of radical self care – recognizing that listening acutely to our bodies and tending to our needs allows us as individuals to show up best for our loved ones. What could it mean to apply that same principle to institutions? 

    The Covid-19 pandemic reiterated the immense emotional and physical burden on public facing positions and has forced institutions to re-evaluate the ways they care for these staff and volunteers. As we increasingly work to promote a sense of welcome and well-being for our external communities, this session will explore how museums can practice institutional “self care” – with a focus on frontline teams – as a radical approach to deepening our community impact overall. 

    As part discussion, part workshop, the intention is for museum leaders and workers to come away with a few concrete ideas to grow an internal culture of care within their own institutions. 

    This program takes place on First Friday at SJMA. After the workshop we encourage participants to enjoy the museum and the surrounding art walk!

    5:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Check-in and Networking

    5:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Discussion and Workshop

    7:00 pm - ?: Option to continue your evening with us at San Jose's South First Fridays

    Our speakers:

    Michèle Jubilee (she/her)

    Michèle Jubilee is the Education Curator at New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU), currently building community through youth and exhibition programming. Michèle is also a multidisciplinary artist and illustrator making art about the body and soul, our relationships to ourselves and each other, emotions, and our unique journeys of growth as human beings.

    Christina Young (she/they)

    Christina Young is a painter and an arts and cultural worker with a particular interest in creating spaces that empower individuals and drive connection. Currently supporting programs at the Headlands Center for the Arts she was recently the Associate Director of Visitor Experience at Oakland Museum of California and has a rich background in Bay Area arts and cultural institutions, with experience ranging from programming and development, to education and visitor experience. 

Past Programs

Thursday, October 27, 2022 Member Appreciation and Networking at the Asian Art Museum
Thursday, June 23, 2022 CANCELLED: Landing the Perfect Job: Tips and Tricks for the Museum Job Market
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 Diversity in Museum Volunteers: Notes on recruitment, training, and sustaining a diverse volunteer program
Thursday, April 28, 2022 Language is Power: Choosing Inclusive Language in Arts & Culture Institutions
Monday, February 28, 2022 Forward Starts With One Step: Deepening Our Cultures of Care and Authenticity
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 Stories from the Frontline: Working at a Museum in a Pandemic
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Museum Trivia Night
Tuesday, June 08, 2021 Beyond Galas and Grants: An End to Nonprofit Hunger Games
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 Decolonizing Museums: Current Initiatives in California Museums and Cultural Centers
Thursday, February 18, 2021 Beyond #Blackout Tuesday: Continuing DEAI Work
Thursday, January 28, 2021 Digital Engagement: Collections, Education and Programs in the Time of COVID
Wednesday, December 09, 2020 Fair Pay in a Time of Crisis: Fighting for Wage Equity and Transparency in Museums
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Museum Trivia Night
Wednesday, September 09, 2020 Dismantling Systemic Racism in Cultural Institutions: A Conversation
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 More than One Main Character: Listening to and Sharing Community Voices
Saturday, June 13, 2020 Linking History to Community: How Historic House Museums Can Remain Relevant in the 21st Century
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Cultural Connections Virtual Meet-Up
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Bam! Now Do We Have Your Attention? How to Use Storytelling to Achieve High Impact, Immersive and Interactive Experiences
Thursday, January 30, 2020 Diversifying the Digital Experience
Wednesday, December 04, 2019 Try This at Home: Institutional Change Case-studies and Workshop
Thursday, September 26, 2019 Taking Action Together: Exploring the MASS Action Toolkit
Thursday, June 13, 2019 Creating Dynamic Exhibitions Now: An Evening with Leaders & Makers
Thursday, April 11, 2019 Reaching Out, Reaching In: Using Community Partnerships for Exhibitions and Programs
Thursday, March 07, 2019 Post CAM 2019 Conference Meetup
Saturday, December 08, 2018 Disaster Preparedness and Response: Caring for Your Museum and Community
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Radical Self-care
Thursday, June 21, 2018 Building on Solid Ground: Community Engagement
Thursday, April 19, 2018 Build It In, Don’t Bolt It On: Beyond the ADA and How Museums Can Lead in the Design for Disability
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Developing Museum Leadership: Getting from Here to There
Thursday, December 14, 2017 Designing for Outrage: Inviting Disruption into Exhibitions
Thursday, November 02, 2017 Tours: Purposes and Privileges
Thursday, June 15, 2017 Do-It-Yourself Evaluation: Confessions of failure, foibles and follies & Ways to deal with them
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 Walking the Talk: Museums Lead the Way on the Path of Social Justice
Thursday, March 16, 2017 Exhibition Development: Thinking Outside the Box
Thursday, January 12, 2017 Cafe Connections: Lessons Learned on New Approaches
Thursday, December 15, 2016 Connections: Year-End Get Together
Saturday, September 10, 2016 Design Thinking Workshop with Dana Mitroff Silvers
Monday, June 13, 2016 The Future of Digital Preservation and Access
Monday, February 22, 2016 Voices from the Community
Thursday, December 03, 2015 Event Full! Do-It-Yourself Evaluation
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Planning for Financial Sustainability
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 Inspiring Science and Math Learning
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Meetup at the Jeremiah O'Brien
Tuesday, February 03, 2015 Distance Learning and Museums
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Distance Learning and Museums
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Activism, Relevancy, and Community Engagement
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Maker Spaces
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 A Case Study: the Exploratorium's Global Studios
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Leadership in the 21st Century
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Education Partners
Saturday, January 11, 2014 Board Meeting
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Above and Below

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