About CAM


CAM is a professional and dynamic community of individuals and organizations that seeks to create a brighter future for museums and their communities. We connect museum professionals and volunteers with timely information and practical resources, which fosters museums that are relevant and effective organizations that make a positive impact on our state and its citizens.

To support the success of California museums, our key programs and services include:
professional development programs, including an annual conference and regional workshops that address best practices and trends an electronic newsletter, CAM e-News, which is distributed every two weeks to thousands of subscribers studies and reports, including a biennial financial and salary survey that has been a valuable tool for museum administrators since 1986 an active advocacy program that includes monitoring legislation, keeping constituents informed and involved, and strategic initiatives to support funding sources for museums special initiatives, including a Green Museums Initiative, CAM Fellows, California Networks for Collaboration (CNfC), and Museums United Phase 2.

Our institutional members are located in over 50 of the state’s 58 counties and they range in size, scope, and discipline. They include historical societies, cultural centers, art museums, botanical gardens, science centers, tribal museums, zoos, aquariums, and children’s museums. We submit an annual report to our membership on our programs, financial health, and new initiatives. We work collaboratively with many statewide and national partners to achieve shared goals. Our recent partners include the California Arts Council, California State Parks, the California Council for the Humanities, the California State Library, the California Preservation Program, the California Exhibition Resources Alliance, the Registrar's Committee - Western Region, the California Chapter of the Museum Computer Network, the Western Museums Association, the American Association of Museums, and the Association for State and Local History.

We invite you to join our network and experience first-hand how we can excel together. Our office is located on a bluff overlooking the Monterey Bay in Santa Cruz, courtesy of our office host, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Laboratory. CAM is supported in part by grants from the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. To learn more about the arts in California, the Arts License Plate, and other initiatives for the arts in California, please visit the CAC Website .