About the Theme
Join us in Oakland's Jack London Square in 2023 to explore the concept of On Common Ground, March 8–11, 2023. Museums and museum professionals have experienced extraordinary changes and opportunities in the last few years. After a virtual conference in 2021 and five mini-conferences across California in 2022, CAM is looking forward to gathering together once more with our colleagues on common ground again.

Preliminary Program Preview
All case studies and panel sessions are included in conference registration. Pre-conference Workshops, Dialogue Lunches, and networking events will require additional registration and fee, with limited capacity, to be announced. This is a preview, please check back for updates and additions!

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2023 Preliminary Program Preview

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Panel Sessions

Panel sessions typically have a moderator and multiple speakers with contrasting perspectives, institutions, and/or experiences. During the 75-minute session, the moderator introduces the topic and helps create discussion to highlight the speakers' diverse perspectives. Attendees can expect a question and answer period or other type of interactive experience.

Strategic Foresight: Techniques to Navigate Change 

Multidisciplinary, Introductory
This session introduces concepts of strategic foresight and examines how museums can play a role in preparing for continual change. Presenters will share foresight techniques and discuss how institutions can integrate futures thinking into all aspects of museum work to navigate change successfully. Major trends will be presented and discussed.
Mark Katrikh, Director, Museum Operations and Experience, Museum of Tolerance
Karen Kienzle, Director, Palo Alto Art Center
Lisa Erikson, Independent Museum Professional and Strategic Foresight Specialist, Lisa Erikson Consulting

Mobile Engagement Within and Beyond the Walls

Multidisciplinary, Introductory
Where does the museum visit begin or end? As in-person experiences went from absent to limited before resuming under new conditions, the traditional visit became redefined. Hear from a panel of experts as they discuss how the current state of digital mobile experiences has expanded beyond the traditional on-site setting.
Jonathan Munar, Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies (Moderator)
Rick Noguchi, Chief Operating Officer of Programs and External Relations, Japanese American National Museum
Vicky Murakami-Tsuda, Communications Production Manager, Japanese American National Museum
Scott Tennent, Chief Communications Officer, Hammer Museum
Andrew Hartwell, Communications Manager, The Wende Museum

14 Institutions, 1 Shared Vision of Raising Awareness About Environmental Issues and Inspiring Action

Multidisciplinary, Advanced
Formed in 2020, the Environmental Alliance of Santa Barbara County Museums is a collective of 12 museums, a zoo, and a botanic garden that raises awareness about environmental issues through exhibitions and educational programming. Panelists will share lessons learned and the Alliance’s plans for the future.
Kevin McGarry, Associate Director for Public Engagement, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (Moderator)
Stacey Otte-Demangante, Executive Director, Wilding Museum of Nature & Art
Silvia Perea, Curator, Art, Design & Architecture Museum UCSB
Briana Sapp, Marketing & Communications, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Moving Beyond Land Acknowledgements and Decolonization Hurdles Towards Meaningful Collaboration (Perspectives from Barona Museum)

Multidisciplinary, Intermediate
It seems non-Native museums get stuck at first steps—crafting good land acknowledgements and decolonization—and are never able to move beyond these. While both are important, don't let these become insurmountable hurdles! Learn from our success collaborating with non-Native museums and the meaningful experiences gained by both sides.
Laurie Egan-Hedley, Director/Curator, Barona Cultural Center & Museum (Moderator)
Yahyai Kurosh, Manager of Studios, The New Children's Museum
Steve Banegas, Barona Tribal Member, Barona Cultural Center & Museum
Zak Abramson, Museum Educator, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art

Emerging Museum Leadership and Higher Education: New Initiatives and Perspectives

Public Programs, Advanced
Learn how emerging museum professionals within University Museums are building new initiatives and perspectives for community engagement and to amplify the work of BIPOC and underrepresented artists or cultural practitioners.
Brad King, Vice President, Lord Cultural Resources (Moderator)
Aleesa Alexander, Assistant Curator of American Art/Co-Director, Asian American Art Initiative, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
Jennifer Bethke, Lecturer, Art History/Interim Director, University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University Art Gallery
Lisa White, Assistant Director (Education and Outreach), UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology

Creating a Successful Accessible Museum: Strategies from the Field

Public Programs, Introductory
A growing body of research shows that people with disabilities want to visit museums, but often feel excluded. As the population ages, the number of disabled will skyrocket. This panel provides an overview and examples of impactful and cost-effective accommodation strategies, including access programs creating a genuinely inclusive museum experience.
Andrea Torrice, Master's Student, Museum Studies M.A. Program, University of San Francisco (Moderator)
Stanley Yarnell, Director, The Blind Posse
Emily Beitiks, Interim Director, Paul K Longmore Institute on Disability, San Francisco State University
Deb Clearwaters, Director of Education and Interpretation, Asian Art Museum
Silvana Rainey, CEO, Adaptive Technology Services

Monumental Reckoning

Multidisciplinary, Advanced
How should California’s public institutions and leaders address controversial monuments as we reckon with a legacy of injustice in public art? This panel will discuss the inherent vice of monuments, creative approaches to dealing with existing installations, and public engagement as a critical component in finding a sustainable path forward.
Nicole Meldahl, Executive Director, Western Neighborhoods Project (Moderator)
Anna Lisa Escobedo, Experience Manager, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Ralph Remington, Director of Cultural Affairs, San Francisco Arts Commission

Camps 2.0: Looking Back to Looking Forward

Public Programs, Intermediate
The pandemic changed museum camp programs forever. Camp programs have faced space and activity changes, staffing challenges, bulk hand sanitizer orders, and more. However, they continue to be a driver of mission and revenue. Panelists will discuss how their programs have been affected, and even become more efficient and effective.
Ashley Ukleja, Camps and Classes Manager, Bay Area Discovery Museum
Julee Brooks, CEO, Woodcraft Rangers
Laura Schmidl, Director of Education, Discovery Cube

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Early Bird Online Registration Deadline: January 17, 2023
Regular Rate Online Registration Deadline: February 17, 2023
Please register early. On-site registration is not guaranteed!
View the 2023 Conference Pricing Sheet

Please contact Rochelle Hoffman with questions: [email protected] / 831-471-9970 ext.3