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ReMuseum 2020 Program Archive


Resiliency Now – 10.8.2020
Labor and Social Justice – 10.15.2020
Exploring Virtual Content – 10.22.2020
Exploring Systemic Racism – 10.29.2020
Activate the Outdoors – 11.5.2020
Exploring Virtual Programs – 11.12.2020
Fundraising in Challenging Times – 11.19.2020
DEAI in Action – 12.3.2020
Marketing Now – 12.10.2020
Moving Forward – 12.17.2020

ReMuseum 2020: Resiliency Now 

In Conversation with Melanie Adams (Anacostia Community Museum), Gail Anderson (Gail Anderson & Associates), and Micah Parzen (Museum of Us)
Interviewed by Luanne Kanzawa (Japanese Friendship Garden) and Karen Kienzle (Palo Alto Art Center)

This program was recorded LIVE on October 8, 2020. 

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 What does resiliency look like for museums in the COVID-19 era? Hear from Gail Anderson about a resiliency model that can help museums chart their future and from Dr. Melanie A. Adams and Micah Parzen on ways that the Anacostia Community Museum and the Museum of Us are actively practicing resiliency techniques that promote equity, public engagement and representation.

ReMuseum 2020: Labor and Social Justice

In Conversation with Museum Workers Speak
Interviewed by Joaquin Ortiz (Museum of Photographic Arts)

This program was recorded LIVE on October 15, 2020. 

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 Museum Workers Speak is asking us to ask ourselves tough questions about our labor practices. Through these dialogues, they want to amplify and support the internal transformation of museums to take steps towards enacting social change that leads to action. Join us in conversation with representatives from the Museum Workers Speak Collective: Gwendolyn Fernandez, Hannah Heller, and Kate Swisher.

ReMuseum 2020: Exploring Virtual Content

In Conversation with Simon Delacroix (Google Arts & Culture) and Neal Stimler (Balboa Park Online Collaborative)
Interviewed by Solimar Salas (Museum of Latin American Art)

This program was held on October 22, 2020. It was not recorded. 

This program explored ways cultural institutions can fulfill their missions using digital technology to engage audiences through sharing collections, exhibitions, and programs as part of an overall organizational strategy. Please review the resources below:

Simon Delacroix leads the US Google Arts & Culture team, based in NYC.

Neal Stimler is a creative strategist with experience in collaborative leadership, content management, project management, and trend forecasting.

ReMuseum 2020: Exploring Systemic Racism

In Conversation with Gretchen Jennings
Interviewed by Ruth Cuadra (Getty Research Institute) and Leigh Gleason (UCR ARTS)

This program was recorded LIVE on October 29, 2020.

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How can we in museums approach the need for greater diversity and equality using empathy as our lens? This program explored the philosophy and tools developed by The Empathetic Museum for confronting histories of colonialism, racism, and privilege by developing the practice of institutional empathy (i.e., the intention of the museum to be, and be perceived as, deeply connected with its community). Learn more about and download The Empathetic Museum Maturity Model (more resources in the recorded video).

ReMuseum 2020: Activate the Outdoors

In Conversation with Tim McNeil and Emma Thorne-Christy of Free the Museum
Moderated by Karen Kienzle (Palo Alto Art Center)

This program was recorded LIVE on November 5, 2020. 

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Free the Museum. This call to action aims to transform everyday places into sites of engagement by unleashing the skills of museum practitioners into the world around us.

ReMuseum 2020: Exploring Virtual Programs

In Conversation with Alexandra Kowalski (Sacramento History Museum) and Colby Sellers (Shedd Aquarium)
Moderated by Delta Pick Mello (Sacramento History Alliance) and Vicki Wawerchak (Monterey Bay Aquarium)

This program was recorded LIVE on November 12, 2020. 

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When doors closed to visitors, how did museums pivot and reimagine the audience experience through digital programs in order to stay relevant and connected?

ReMuseum 2020: Fundraising in Challenging Times

In Conversation with Doug Jenzen (Dunes Center/Lotusland) and Randy Shulman (The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens)
Interviewed by Sue Lafferty (California Surf Museum)

This program was recorded LIVE on Thursday, November 19, 2020. 

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Keeping donors engaged during difficult economic times can be challenging for museums. Quite often, funding organizations will redirect their efforts to the more immediate needs of their communities, such as social services and housing. The current pandemic is no exception. How can we continue to make the case for museums, keeping our current and future donors engaged while staying true to our mission?

ReMuseum 2020: DEAI in Action

In Conversation with Anne Petersen (Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation) and Ayanna Reed (Oakland Museum of California)
Interviewed by Kalie Sacco (Lawrence Hall of Science) and Kevin McGarry (Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation)

This program was recorded LIVE on December 3, 2020. 

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Learn from museum leaders about what goes into developing and implementing an actionable Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEAI) plan, and hear about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected these efforts.

ReMuseum 2020: Marketing Now

In Conversation with Jen Benoit-Bryan (Slover Linett)
Interviewed by Jennifer Caballero (Marketing Director, Skirball Cultural Center) and Cody Lee (Director of Communications, Laguna Art Museum)

This program was recorded LIVE on December 10, 2020. 

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Learn more about Culture + Community in a Time of Crisis, a special edition of Culture Track, a collaboration between Slover Linett Audience Research and LaPlaca Cohen on a national research and strategy initiative to support the cultural sector and help strengthen communities around the U.S. during and after this COVID-19 crisis. Our speaker discusses areas in which California museum visitors are unique in their survey responses regarding: their perceptions of the sector, behaviors during COVID-19, use of digital, and desire for change in the arts and culture sector with comparison to the general public. She also highlights some differences in responses across race and ethnicity, particularly with respect to past visitation and affiliation, digital activities, and desired change in arts and culture organizations.

Jen also shares some pre-release finding from a new report by the team at Slover Linett on the role of race and ethnicity in cultural engagement in the U.S. and highlights opportunities to deepen engagement with BIPOC communities.

ReMuseum 2020: Moving Forward

In Conversation with John Echeveste (LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes) and Anthea Hartig (Smithsonian's National Museum of American History)
Interviewed by Nicole Meldahl (Western Neighborhoods Project)

This program was recorded LIVE on December 17, 2020. 

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How has this unprecedented year changed our vision for the role museums play in our lives and what positive takeaways can we harness as we move past pandemic into the new normal?