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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, January 30, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Global Museum, San Francisco State University
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    How can museums use digital technology to reach new audiences? How can media and technology be used to serve a wide range of visitors, including those with disabilities?

    Join Cultural Connections for a moderated panel featuring a variety of museum professionals engaged in digital initiatives, ranging from augmented reality to exhibition media to accessible websites and mobile applications.  


    • 6:00-6:30pm networking activity and refreshments (Global Museum, Fine Arts 203)
    • 6:30-7:30pm moderated panel and audience Q&A (J. Paul Leonard Library, LIB 121)


    Andrew Lau, Digital Project Director, Asian Art Museum

    Andrew Lau’s work centers on the intersections of technology, culture, and information. As Digital Project Director at the Asian Art Museum, he oversees a variety of digital programs, with a particular emphasis on accessibility. The Asian Art Museum recently formed an access and inclusion taskforce, and has developed strategies for making their institution (including web and media content) more accessible for visitors with disabilities. Andrew previously served as Program Director for Instructional Content Development for UCLA Extension, and has taught online and hybrid courses in the areas of new media, digital curation, archival studies, and documentation practices.

    Rita Lucarelli, Faculty Curator of Egyptology, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology and Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

    Egyptologist Rita Lucarelli is a professor of Near Eastern Studies and curator at the Hearst Museum at UC Berkeley, where she also serves as a Fellow of the Digital Humanities. She is currently working on a major research initiative titled “The Book of the Dead in 3D,” where she works with a team of graduate students to produce 3D models of ancient Egyptian coffins in museum collections through the process of photogrammetry. This research allows for improved translations and understanding of these objects, and is also used to create immersive virtual experiences. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Rita has held research scholar and lecturer positions at multiple international institutions, including the University of Verona, Italy, the University of Bonn, Germany, and the University of Bari, Italy.   

    Nicole Minor, Director of Moving Images, the Exploratorium

    Nicole Minor oversees the Moving Images department at the Exploratorium, a group of media content creators who produce videos, live webcasts, artist installations, podcasts, music compositions, and more for the museum’s website and public floor. Nicole has created temporary artworks and experimental soundscapes and supported artist-in-residence projects through curated programs and installations. She has also served on film juries for the San Francisco International Film Festival, participated on panels related to media and the web, and taught guest classes at the University of San Francisco and the San Francisco Art Institute.

    This panel will be moderated by Paige Bardolph, Director of the Global Museum and lecturer in the SF State Museum Studies Program.

Past Programs

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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