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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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All Cultural Connections programs are open to the public. Admission is free for members, and $15 for non-members unless indicated otherwise.

Upcoming Programs

    • Thursday, September 26, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • California Academy of Sciences
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    Museums are not neutral. How can we work together within and between our institutions to actualize social justice? 

    Join this conversation with two co-contributors to the Museum As Site for Social Action (MASS Action) Toolkit and dig into this collaborative resource. Bring your colleagues, share experiences and ideas, and chart a course for catalyzing change at your institution.

    Registrants are invited to stay and enjoy the Academy’s NightLife (must be 21+ years, IDs will be checked).


    Evelyn Orantes has dedicated over two decades of her career to creating experiences in museums and informal settings that connect people and celebrate the uniqueness and commonalities of communities. Her consulting approach is informed by her commitment to equity and diversity as well as by her bilingual and bicultural experiences. Evelyn’s process emphasizes collaborative, visitor/user-centered, accessible, inclusive, and participatory practices. Prior to working as a consultant, Ms. Orantes worked at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) for seventeen years in the Education Department and later in the Lab Center (curatorial and experience design). During her tenure, she focused on designing exhibitions, educational programs, and events centered on meaningful and relevant community engagement for diverse, multilingual, audiences.

    Christine Lashaw is an Experience Developer and has worked at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) for almost 20 years, creating exhibits with community members. Her projects include a major reinstallation of the museum’s history gallery, which won an Excellence in Exhibitions award from AAM, and the reinstallation of the museum’s natural science gallery. In 2008, she co-curated ​Cool Remixed​, the first major youth exhibition at OMCA. In 2015, she brought participatory exhibit development processes to the ​Pacific Worlds exhibition ​by​ ​leading a task force of Pacific Islanders from the Bay Area. Currently she is a member of OMCA’s collaborative exhibit development team, where she facilitates conversations and designs activities with diverse, local communities to co-design immersive experiences for visitors. She is committed to engaging museum visitors with exhibits built around voices and stories that reflect their own experiences. Lashaw has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Past Programs

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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