Program Schedule

Current Program:

Date:Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Title:Activism, Relevancy, and Community Engagement
Location:The Lab, San Francisco

How are museums and cultural organizations endeavoring to engage their communities on issues of equity and sustainability? Are our institutions viewed with greater value when we take stands on substantial and timely issues – and what risks do we face? What impact can it have on the organization, our audiences, and the issues we seek to address? Hear how Monterey Bay Aquarium, Oakland Museum of California, The Lab, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the California Academy of Sciences have tackled these and related questions

Please bring burning questions and thoughts to stoke the fire of a group discussion!

Following the program, toast to the close of 2014 and continue the conversation over refreshments.

Confirmed speakers:

Dena Beard: Executive Director, The Lab

Jonathan Foley: Executive Director, California Academy of Sciences

Raquel Gutierrez: In Community Program Manager, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Raquel Gutiérrez is the YBCA In Community Program Manager for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts where she facilitates artists, community members, and partner organizations in producing artistic inquiry in community relevant collaborative environments in historically rich neighborhoods such as the Mission District and West Oakland. Originally from Los Angeles, Raquel has long been a writer, live performer, film actor, curator, publisher (Econo Textual Objects, established 2014), playwright, arts administrator, and cultural organizer. She writes on art, culture, music, film, performance and community building and creates original solo and ensemble performance compositions. Raquel earned her MA in Performance Studies from New York University in 2004. She has lived in 3 places in the 18 months of living in the Bay Area and wonders when she’ll have to move again.

Cynthia Taylor: Assistant Director of Public Programs, Oakland Museum of California

Mary Whaley: Teacher Programs Manager, Monterey Bay Aquarium

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