CAM Across California Programs

San Diego

March 10–11, 2022

The kick-off CAM Across California mini-conference will take place in San Diego and serve as CAM's Annual Meeting. Attendee will experience thought-provoking sessions and case studies at the San Diego Natural History Museum, continue the conversation during a reception at the Mingei International Museum, and enjoy tours and experiences at museums throughout the San Diego area the following day. A pre-recorded Keynote Presentation will be provided to attendees in advance.


8:00AM–9:00AM: Coffee & Check-In

9:00AM–9:30AM: Opening Town Hall

The Opening Remarks will include a Land Acknowledgement and information about CAM's Equity Action Plan.
Sponsored in part by MATT Construction 

9:30AM–10:30AM: The Evolving Workplace: Museums Go Hybrid (Plenary Panel Session)

As museum workforces returned to the office following the initial shutdowns caused by the COVID19 pandemic, definitions of the new work day have shifted. How is leadership navigating an increasing demand for work/life balance, flexible hours, and maintaining equitability while staff is working remotely? This session was created by CAM's Strategic Action Committee
Moderator: Chelsea Anderson, Public Program Coordinator, The Getty
Presenters: Michaeleen Gallagher, Director of Education and Environmental Programs, The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands; Mark Katrikh, Director of Operations and Experience, Museum of Tolerance; Angie Velasquez, Director of Human Resources, Museum of Latin American Art; Jessica Hanson York, Deputy Director and Chief Advancement Officer, Mingei International Museum

10:45AM–11:45AM: Solutions for Equity in Education: 2021 Superintendent's Award Winning Projects (Plenary Panel Session)

This session will feature representatives from the winning projects of the 2021 Superintendent's Award for Excellence in Museum Education, with a special emphasis on educational inequities addressed by their projects. Come learn about these projects and some tips on how to structure museum programs to reach underserved students.
Moderator: Demetri Broxton, Senior Director of Education, Museum of the African Diaspora
Presenters: Pooja Di Giovanna, Board Member, National Steinbeck Center; Danielle Groak, Associate Educator for School Programs, Skirball Cultural Center; Lindzy Bivings, Senior Manager, School & Community Programs, California Academy of Sciences; Whitney Raser, Director of Education, San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

11:45AM–12:45PM: Lunch included with registration

1:00PM–2:00PM: It's Brutal Out Here: The Future of Museum Work for Emerging Professionals (Plenary Panel Session)

A panel for all museum professionals! Join board members from San Diego's Emerging Museum Professionals to discuss the shifting climate and culture of early career professionals. Panelists will discuss the challenges and future of museum work, and how affordable programming and partnerships can help emerging museum workers navigate the field.
Presenters: Mikee Ferran, Museum Exhibition and Visual Arts Manager, California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum; Tiona Lyons-King, Visitor Services Lead, Mingei International Museum; Jon Osio Lardizabal, Marketing and Events Coordinator, PARU

2:15PM–2:45PM: Tactile Photographs & Accessibility at the Riverside Art Museum (Plenary Case Study Session)

How can art museums create tactile art experiences for their Blind/visually impaired visitors? Come learn how the Riverside Art Museum is partnering with Blindness Support Services to host a graduate student thesis project that increases accessibility of the museum experience for persons who live with some form of visual impairment.
Presenters: Clara Dawson, Museum Studies Graduate Student, University of Washington; Pete Benavidez, President and CEO, Blindness Support Services Inc.

3:00PM–3:30PM: Sharing Space: Mingei International Museum's Community Mondays Program (Plenary Case Study Session)

Presenters will share how Mingei's new Community Mondays program, focused on sharing its new theater, free of charge, with under-resourced arts and culture organizations, community groups and artists, is key to its commitment to increase access to all. Attendees will learn how the program has expanded Museum audiences and collaborations.
Presenters: Caroline Nordquist, Associate Director of Advancement, Mingei International Museum; Cristina Godinez, Community Liaison, Mingei International Museum

3:45PM–4:15PM: Divided Together Podcast Series: Exploring Separation and Unification Related to the U.S.-Mexico Border (Plenary Case Study Session)

The Divided Together podcast, developed by California State Parks at Border Field, reveals topics that involve separation and unification related to the border. The podcast features people with direct experience and knowledge, including the First Peoples, the Kumeyaay, highlighting how the nation is divided by the border and their land use practices.
Presenters: Anne Marie Tipton, Education Coordinator, Tijuana River NERR; Ana Gloria Rodriguez, Educator, Kumeyaay Community College

5:00PM–8:00PM: Reception at Mingei International Museum
Sponsored in part by CatalogIt 

FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2022

Choose your own adventure! Participate in a special tour for CAM Across California attendees and/or enjoy free admission to a San Diego museum.

*Program schedule subject to change. A final schedule will be emailed to all registered participants in advance of the mini-conference.  

CAM Across California Pricing Sheet. Members receive the best rates. Learn more about CAM membership – starting at just $15! 

CAM is committed to providing respectful program experiences that are safe, inclusive, and free of harassment. A Code of Conduct sets expectations for all CAM program participants, provides steps to report incidents, and lists possible consequences for would-be violators. CAM does not tolerate harassment or discrimination in any form.

 Thank you to our CAM Across California ENGAGE and LEAD sponsors!
As of 1/24/22




 The San Diego mini-conference is sponsored in part by: 

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*Programs are subject to change*

Please contact Rochelle Hoffman with questions: [email protected] / 831-471-9970 x3

CAM Across California Sponsors 

Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands

 Sunnylands Center & Gardens is a 15-acre site where visitors can learn about Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg, their historic midcentury modern estate, and their commitment to serving their country, to philanthropy, to education and to the arts. The Center includes more than 70 species of native and arid-adapted plants and walking paths.


CalNonprofits Insurance Services

 CalNonprofits Insurance Services was founded in 1984 as a social enterprise of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). Our profits go directly to our parent nonprofit, to further advocacy work on behalf of all California nonprofits sector. CalNonprofits Insurance Services is NONPROFIT owned, which is unique within the insurance industry.



CatalogIt is an intuitive, full-featured, affordable application for cataloging and managing your collections, and selectively publishing to the Web. As a cloud-based service, CatalogIt reduces administrative costs and empowers your staff and volunteers to collaborate simultaneously to securely view and edit your records anywhere, anytime, on mobile and desktop devices.


Claremont Graduate University, Center for Business & Management of the Arts

Jumpstart your career in the arts with the M.A. in Arts Management, a partnership between the Drucker School of Management and the School of Arts and Humanities at Claremont Graduate University. Using Los Angeles as our lab, the practitioner faculty will help you tackle the toughest issues facing the field today in a customized environment.


CRĒO Industrial Arts

CRĒO is a custom fabricator that has been producing high-end architectural products for over 30 years. We execute the visions of the world’s finest architects, experiential graphics designers, landscape architects, and exhibit designers, producing extremely high fit and finish custom products for a wide variety of venues.


MATT Construction

MATT Construction has been building museums and collaborating with cultural institutions in California since 1991. Notable projects include The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, The Broad, Petersen Automotive Museum, Skirball Cultural Center, LACMA, The Natural History Museum of LA, and projects at Hammer Museum, Museum of Tolerance and Huntington Library.


Moss Adams

The Moss Adams Not-for-Profit Practice dedicated team has earned the reputation of delivering quality service with industry knowledge. We serve more than 1,500 nonprofit clients and have provided over 3 million hours of service to organizations throughout the country. Our team of 300+ professionals specialize in tax-exempt entities.


Provident Credit Union

Provident Credit Union was established in 1950 and has 2.1 Billion in assets. Provident offers a mortgage and auto loan rate discount for members of CAM. Provident is a full service financial cooperative that offers checking and savings accounts, credit cards, auto loans and mortgages.


San Francisco State University Museum Studies

SF State Museum Studies is one of the top programs in the US, with a nearly 100% employment rate for recent graduates. At SF State, you'll gain real-world experience in collections and public programs in our teaching museum, train with leading professionals, and engage with the Bay area's vibrant museum community.


University of San Francisco

University of San Francisco offers a unique 16-month Master’s Degree in Museum Studies that prepares its graduates for positions of leadership in artistic, cultural and heritage organizations operating within a constantly changing social and economic dynamic. The program’s curriculum emphasizes social justice, globalism and practical skills.