Thursday, March 5, 2020

Access to all sessions, discussions, case studies, Exhibit Hall, Wellness Room, and Fundamentals Café included with conference registration. Evening events will be available to add at listed cost. All program items subject to change. 

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Good Morning Coffee 

Join us for complimentary coffee and tea in Bunker Hill at the Omni LA, Second Floor.

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Creative Stations*

Location: Pre-Function Space

Nature Journaling and Kumeyaay/Diegueño Ethnobotanypresented by Barona Cultural Center & Museum

*View PDF program for more details.

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Wellness Room Open

We understand the need to take a break and focus on self-care. CAM’s Wellness Room is a designated spot at the conference hotel to help reduce stress, increase productivity, and boost your experience. The Wellness Room will be open Thursday and Friday from 8:00AM—4:30PM for reflection, meditation and a quiet space for conference attendees. There will also be four scheduled programs in this space, including yoga and guided writing.

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Concurrent Learning Activities*

Session - Revealing the Unknown: Changing Engagement in Museum Galleries

Session - Superintendent’s Award Winners for Excellence in Museum Education

Session - Talking about the Taboo: Demystifying Deaccessions

Session - Equitable Hiring Practices in Museums

Session - Grant-writing and Partnerships

Discussion - Won’t you be my Neighbor? Relationship Building among Institutions

Discussion - The Limits of Volunteer Programs


*View PDF program for more details.


10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open

Location: Bunker Hill

Stop in for CAM’s one-day exhibit hall to meet our vendors and network with museum colleagues. Business representatives will be displaying and demonstrating products and services throughout the day. The 2020 exhibit hall will be a hub of activity, featuring creative stations during the day and a game-filled happy hour in the evening with a complimentary drink ticket for each registered conference attendee.

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM Concurrent Learning Activities*

Session - Universities Are Your Friends!

Session - The Changing Landscape of Southern California Museums

Session - Words of Welcome / Palabras de Bienvenida / 歡迎詞

Session - Climate Conversations: How Museums can Engage in Public Dialogue about Climate Change 

Session - Human Resources Family Feud 

Discussion - What is the Future of Membership?

Discussion - Crafting or Revising Your Collections Management Policy

*View PDF program for more details.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Creative Stations*

Location: Pre-Function Space

A Scented 3D Gardenpresented by The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands

Pop-Up Prototyping for Real-World Solutionspresented by Museum of Craft and Design

*View PDF program for more details.

11:45 AM – 1:15 PM Lunch Break* and Fundamentals Café 

Fundamentals Café: Solving Your External Affairs Challenges

Location: Watercourt

Drop in. Listen. Share. Learn. Join our Fundamentals Café where you will connect in small groups with professionals for a casual discussion about best practices and current trends in development, membership and marketing. Learn about strategies for inter-generational development programming, member retention, institutional marketing, and more. Bring your burning questions!

*Lunch is not provided. Check out the nearby restaurants in California Plaza!

11:45 AM – 1:30 PM Affinity Group Lunch

EMP Lunch Break

Location: Grand Central Market, 317 S Broadway

Calling all EMPs! Join fellow emerging professionals for a no-host lunch at Grand Central Market (GCM). Choose from tacos, ramen, burgers, thai, seafood, the infamous Eggslut, or more for a casual gathering in one of LA's best lunch spots. Also, plan on taking a ride on Angel's Flight back up to the hotel after eating! Please meet at 11:50AM at the CAM Registration Desk to walk down to GCM as a group, or join us there between 12:00PM and 1:00PM.

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Getty Scholars and Fellows Lunch

Networking Lunch for Getty Scholars and Fellows

Location: Bradbury

By invitation only.

 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Concurrent Learning Activities*

Session - Access for All! Involving Experts and Community in Welcoming People with Autism

Session - Data Strategy and the Goldilocks Conundrum

Session - Spark Joy by Keeping the Right Stuff

Session - The Future is Reconciliation: Authentic and Informed Native American and Museum Partnerships

Session - Managing Group Visits 

Discussion - The Future of Philanthropy: Designing a Successful Fundraising Strategy

Discussion - Fun, Safe, Welcoming, Acknowledging: Connecting with the Transgender Community

*View PDF program for more details.

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Creative Stations*

Location: Pre-Function Space

Multimedia Self-Portraitspresented by Norton Simon Museum

Codices and Comics: The History of Maizpresented by LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

*View PDF program for more details.

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM Exhibit Hall Snack Break

Join colleagues for a complimentary afternoon snack break in the Exhibit Hall in Bunker Hill. Meet and mingle with colleagues and exhibitors while refueling.  

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM Concurrent Case Studies*

Case Study - Renaming the Museum: It’s a Process, presented by Craft Contemporary

Case Study -  Sensory Sensitive Programming in Any Museum

Case Study - Collections as Data: Learning from a Digital Project at the Getty Research Institute

Case Study - Recruitment Strategies that Work: Reaching Underrepresented Communities, presented by The Broad

*View PDF program for more details.

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Concurrent Case Studies*

Case Study - Field Trips Led by Students, For Students, presented by Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

Case Study - Leveraging Your Museum’s Assets to Create Mission-Driven Corporate Partnerships, presented by California Academy of Sciences and United Airlines

Case Study - Decolonizing Initiatives: San Diego Museum of Man

Case Study - Share Our Stories at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

*View PDF program for more details.

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Exhibit Hall Happy Hour & Games

Location: Bunker Hill/Watercourt/Pre-Function Space

Cost: One drink ticket included with conference registration

Join in a relaxed happy hour while meeting with exhibitors, playing a friendly game with colleagues, and meeting a life-size T. rex puppet from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County!

Sponsored by: Provident Credit Union and ACME Ticketing

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship Program Alumni Reception

Location: Museum A

This event is hosted by the Getty Foundation and is open to alumni of the Getty Marrow Internship program attending the conference.

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 20/20 Vision: Culture in Focus

Location: Hop-on-and-off shuttle will circulate between Omni LA, Japanese American National Museum, and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Cost: $15

Delve into the historic cultural fabric of Los Angeles as you explore two lively LA neighborhoods using the hop-on-and-off CAM shuttle. Customize your evening by taking advantage of the great culinary options while exploring the museums that call these communities home. Anchoring the evening are historic Little Tokyo and romantic Olvera Street. Allow your senses to go back in time to the historic and romantic birthplace of Los Angeles at Olvera Street. Home to several museums, including LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, you’ll hear the untold stories, values and traditions of Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and all Latinos in the founding and continuing evolution of Southern California. Explore the other cultural museums at this stop including the Italian American Museum and the Chinese American Museum. Hop back on the bus and you’ll head to the Little Tokyo district, where you'll be greeted by the Japanese American National Museum (JANM), the largest museum in the United States dedicated to sharing the experience of Japanese ancestry, beginning with immigration, through the World War II incarceration, and the post-war resettlement period as you consider what relevance this history holds today.

Your ticket for this evening includes transportation and complimentary museum admission. Dinner is at your leisure, and CAM will provide a list of recommended restaurants, including some with special offers for CAM attendees.

View the event agenda (subject to change).

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Affinity Group After Hours Gatherings

JFK Legacy Happy Hour Reunion

Location: Arts District Brewing Co., 828 Traction Ave

Stay connected with our network! JFK Legacy invites all alumni and community members of JFKU Museum Studies to a no-host Happy Hour Reunion. Arts District Brewing Co. is just a short walk from CAM’s Culture in Focus shuttle stop in Little Tokyo. RSVP requested on Eventbrite.

San Francisco State University Museum Studies Program Alumni

Location: Noe Bar, Omni LA Hotel

Continue the conversation with San Francisco State University Museum Studies in the hotel lobby bar after CAM's Culture in Focus event! No host.

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Directors' Dinner  SOLD OUT

 Open to senior level managers and Directors of museums only.

Location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Cost: $80 (includes transportation, dinner, and program)

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Sneak Peek
Located behind the iconic Urban Light installation on the LACMA campus, Ray’s and Stark Bar will be the perfect setting for the CAM 2020 Directors’ Dinner and CAMMY Award presentation. The backdrop of artist Renzo Piano’s design and architecture perfectly seals the experience as you network with colleagues and enjoy California fresh cuisine. The evening will also include a private, red-carpet-worthy sneak peek of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (located next door), which will open in 2020 to convey the emotional and imaginative power of film.

View the event agenda (subject to change).

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