CAM SPECIAL INITIATIVES
Green Museums Initiative
The Green Museums Initiative (GMI) inspires museums to develop green business practices, eco-friendly facility management, and sustainable programming. Learn more at www.greenmuseums.info.
Leaders of the Future and Strategic Foresight
The Foresight Committee is an outcome of the Leaders of the Future program. The members will research current trends and facilitate discussion to define strategies for a more sustainable future. See www.calmuseums.org/leadersofthefuture.
Fellowship and Scholarship Programs
CAM's fellowship and scholarship programs help to diversify the California museum workforce and support emerging museum professionals. These programs are spearheaded by CAM's Multicultural and Emerging Professionals Committee, who purpose is to increase the number of underrepresented communities in museums as paid staff members, namely individuals of Latino/Hispanic, African, Asian, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent.
California Networks for Collaboration
Twelve partnering organizations have been examining how museum associations and other service providers can adopt collaborative learning strategies for the benefit of the California museum field. The vision is a cohesive and networked professional community, which will lead to a more relevant future for museums in a changing California. For more information, see www.calmuseums.org/collaborativelearning.
License Plate Campaign
CAM is working with state officials to establish a special license plate for museums. The vision is to create a special license plate program that will provide funding for California museums. To learn more about the specialized license plate, see www.snoopyplate.com.
California Connecting to Collections Project
CAM was awarded a Connecting to Collections implementation grant by the Institute for Museum and Library Services in 2010 to administer a two-year, statewide preservation information, education, and training project for California heritage institutions. In partnership with the California Preservation Program, Balboa Art Conservation Center, California Historical Society, California State Archives, California State Library, California State Parks, California Library Association, and other partners, this project served as a test bed for an ongoing service, whose goal will be to develop a self-sustaining culture of preservation management. This project continues through 2015 with funding from The Getty Foundation and workshops are available to museum, library, archive, and historical society personnel.
Forecasting the Future of Museums
In 2010, the California Association of Museums (CAM) celebrated its 30th anniversary. The American Association of Museums’ (AAM) Center for the Future of Museums (CFM) and CAM marked the occasion by jointly forecasting the future of California’s museums and publishing a discussion guide titled Tomorrow in the Golden State: Museums and the Future of California. To download a copy of Tomorrow in the Golden State or to learn more about this project click HERE. This project is supported in part by The James Irvine Foundation, The Ahmanson Foundation, Gaylord Brothers, and the California Council for the Humanities.