2019 Case Studies

Drawing of pottery design from workshop held by Barona Cultural Center and Museum.Incorporating Native Voice through Museum Education

This case study of the Barona Cultural Center & Museum presents a discussion of how tribal museums are developing hands-on educational programming that can be incorporated into other museum institutions for alternative methods of educating youth about Native culture. Tribal museums can influence education within the public school system by retelling the history of California through Native voice.

By: Jamie Nord, CAM Fellow; Anthropology Curator Intern, San Bernardino County Museum

Click here to see a recording of Jamie's webinar presentation on this topic (begins at 27:20).

People looking at exhibition element.The Santa Cruz MAH's Community Issue Exhibitions as a Model for the Inclusive Museum

At the core of changing museum narratives is inviting underrepresented communities and letting them tell their own stories. This case study explores this idea through the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History community issue exhibitions. These issue-driven exhibitions not only give underrepresented communities a voice and welcome them into the museum space, they also promote advocacy.

By: Sara Smallhouse, CAM Fellows; Board Member, Museum of Northern California Art

Click here to see a recording of Sara's webinar presentation on this topic.

Exterior of the Hammer Museum.

Communicating the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. 2018

This case study delves in to the Hammer Museum’s PR strategy for the Made in L.A. 2018 exhibition as a model for incorporating equity into one’s everyday work life.

By: Angela Medrano, CAM Fellow; Communications Assistant, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Click here to see a recording of Angela's webinar presentation on this topic, in conversation with Nancy Lee, Senior Manager of Public Relations at the Hammer Museum (begins at 22:09).

Chinese immigrants at Angel Island.

The Role of Ethnic-Specific Museums in Creating Cultural Memory

Who is included, who is excluded, and why? This question is pertinent to all museums—especially when it comes to collecting and exhibition practices—but it is especially relevant when the museum is a restored immigration station. This article explores the history of Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and how the island’s history as the “Ellis Island of the Pacific” relates to other gatekeeping practices in the United States, specifically along the United States-Mexico border.

By: Emily Butts, CAM Fellow; MA Candidate, The University of Texas at Austin

Click here to see a recording of Emily's webinar presentation on this topic.