Feb
5
to Feb 26

CULTURAL EQUITY STATEMENT OPEN CALL

OPEN CALL! The MESC Board is assembling a committee dedicated to creating MESC's first cultural equity statement, and we'd love for you to join!

Who should apply?
We are hoping to work with people who value cultural equity work and perhaps have some prior knowledge and experience with this kind of work. Interested applicants should be prepared to take part in a deep process of collaborative investigation, analysis, and writing.

What is a cultural equity statement?
A cultural equity statement is an explanation of why an  organization is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, and details the alignment of that commitment to the overall mission of the organization.

Why is  MESC writing a cultural equity statement?
In November of 2015, Hilda Solis and Mark Ridley Thomas, two Los Angeles County supervisors, tasked the Los Angeles Arts Commission “to conduct ‘a constructive County-wide conversation about ways to improve diversity in cultural organizations’ for all County residents” (lacountyarts.org). In the spring of 2017, the Arts Commission published its Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative. This initiative included 13 recommendations to the LA County Board of Supervisors to “ensure that everyone in LA County has equitable access to arts and culture, and to improve inclusion in the wider arts ecology for all residents in every community” (lacountyarts.org). 5 of the 13 recommendations were approved, including “all cultural organizations receiving LA County funds must now have  written board-adopted statements, policies, or plans that outline their commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access" (lacountyarts.org).

Beyond this being a grant requirement, why is this important to MESC?
Writing this statement is an opportunity to reflect on the principles and values that MESC was founded upon and how, over the past 41 years, we as an organization have contributed to the landscape of equitable access to arts and culture. Through the process of reflecting, questioning, and analyzing we will identify areas of continued growth and pathways to get there. This statement is a commitment to cultural equity. This will guide the board and future boards as MESC continues to do work that empowers the field of museum education.

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FAQ
Q. Do I have to be a MESC member to be on the committee?
A. You do not have to be a MESC member to be on this committee. Please share with your circles!
 

Q. What is the time commitment?
A. This is a 4 month commitment. The committee will meet twice a month, alternating between conference calls and in-person meetings.
 

Q. What if I am new to this work and have little to no experience?
A. If you are new to this work but would like to get started, please respond to the questionnaire honestly and authentically.

Respond to the call here
Deadline to respond is midnight on February 26th

Questions?  Email:  mescbiz@gmail.com

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MESC Features | Educators' Day Out
Jan
26
10:00 AM10:00

MESC Features | Educators' Day Out

Saturday, January 26, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
$10 MESC Members | $20 Non-Members

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Advance registration strongly encouraged

How does your story connect to LA? Join us for an engaging, immersive experience with other educators as we travel aboard the Metro to 3 different sites around the city. As educators, we often create experiences for others but very rarely do we allow ourselves to be participants. Meet other educators as we explore new ways to interpret, collaborate, and experience storytelling through this curated experience. Reconnect with what it means to be an educator, and the power that place and story have in creating connections with our surroundings.

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#MESCommunity | Exploring the Valley Relics Museum
Jan
20
1:00 PM13:00

#MESCommunity | Exploring the Valley Relics Museum

#MESCommunity | Exploring the Valley Relics Museum

Sunday, January 20, 2019 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM

FREE, RSVP here

Join MESC for a look at one of San Fernando’s most popular cultural icons, the Valley Relics Museum. Having just reopened, the museum is filled with one-of-a-kind pop culture artifacts like neon signs, classic cars, rare documents, yearbooks, restaurant menus, art, western clothing, vintage BMX bicycles, and more! Come explore the museum and join the conversation as we discuss the role of single subject institutions and their relevance.



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#MESCommunity: Happy Hour at the Golden Road Brewery
Nov
8
5:30 PM17:30

#MESCommunity: Happy Hour at the Golden Road Brewery

Let’s continue the conversation of empathy and inclusion after the MESC Features event. Grab a new friend from the MESC Features event at the LA Zoo, and join us for a drink at the Golden Road Brewery. We can put in our orders before Happy Hour ends at 6pm and then stay and chat with MESC colleagues new and old.

Photo courtesy of: https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-brewery-tours-in-los-angeles/

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MESC Features: Empathy and Museums
Nov
8
1:45 PM13:45

MESC Features: Empathy and Museums

MESC Features—Empathy and Museums 
November 8 | 1:45 PM - 5:00 PM
$10 MESC Members | $20 Non-Members 

Empathy is a developed skill, reinforced through our own interactions with the world. When we are better equipped to understand the needs of other life forms (humans, animals, living things…) we are able to connect, align, and gain new perspectives collaboratively to create a better world together.

Empathy is on the decline, contributing to an era of divisive politics and inequity. We can’t all walk in someone else’s shoes, but we can use tools to understanding the point of view of others and show appropriate emotional response. How can museums work towards fostering empathy and compassion through our institutional initiatives and programs? How could feelings drive action? Join MESC as we dive deep into how empathy can be a guiding thread for you and your institution.

This program is generously hosted by the Los Angeles Zoo and will include a hands-on empathy related activity with animals. Please make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes for the program. Capacity is limited and advanced tickets are required.

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MESC Features: Inclusion and Collaboration from the Inside
Oct
24
10:30 AM10:30

MESC Features: Inclusion and Collaboration from the Inside

MESC Features - Inclusion and Collaboration from the Inside October 24 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Free MESC Members | $10 Non-Members

Core to every Museum’s Education department is their team of gallery educators. Whether in the form of paid staff educators, volunteer docents, visitor service representatives or a combination of these three (or more), these key members of the museum community often serve as visitor’s first impression and are also most likely responsible for the lasting impression of many visitors’ overall museum experiences.

Join MESC and the Bowers Museum as they present staff and docent voices from some of the regions leading institutions in a panel conversation on best practices in training and evaluation of docents/educators particularly in response to the responsibility of museums in the 21st Century to provide visitors access to inclusive, respectful, and culturally relevant interpretive experiences of their collections and spaces.

This program is generously hosted by the Bowers Museum. Educators, coordinators, managers, and docents are encouraged to attend! This event is free MESC members. RSVPs are appreciated but not required.

RSVP here.

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#MESCommunity | Brown Bag Lunch at Craft and Folk Art Museum
Oct
7
11:00 AM11:00

#MESCommunity | Brown Bag Lunch at Craft and Folk Art Museum

Join us at the Craft & Folk Art Museum on Sunday, October 7th to see three, brand-new exhibitions: "Merion Estes: Unnatural Disasters", "Sherin Guirguis: Of Thorns and Love", and "Daydreaming by Uzumaki Cepeda". Learn more about the artists and their exhibits at CAFAM website.

After walking around the galleries, we will head to the park across the street to eat our brown bag lunches together, discuss the exhibitions, and catch up with colleagues. Museum admission is pay as you like. RSVPs are appreciated but not required.

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#MESCommunity | Friday Night at the Wende Museum
Sep
28
6:00 PM18:00

#MESCommunity | Friday Night at the Wende Museum

Join MESC friends old and new as we explore the newly opened Wende Museum in Culver City! The name Wende (pronounced “venda”) is a German word meaning “turning point” or “change.” The Wende presents Cold War art, culture, and history from the Soviet Bloc countries during the transformative period leading up to and following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

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#MESCommunity | Space Is the Place: Lauren Halsey and Patrisse Cullors at the Hammer
Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

#MESCommunity | Space Is the Place: Lauren Halsey and Patrisse Cullors at the Hammer

Let’s come together to support LA based artists! On Tuesday, August 14th at 6pm Patrisse Cullors and Lauren Halsey will be in conversation at the Hammer Museum. They will discuss displacement of low-income communities in Los Angeles, the prison-industrial complex, and economic disparity within the city.

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#MESCommunity: Tuesday Trivia at the Original Farmers Market
Jul
17
6:30 PM18:30

#MESCommunity: Tuesday Trivia at the Original Farmers Market

Join new and old MESC friends as we put our brains together at Tuesday Trivia. Let’s connect about our shared field throughout the evening! Grab a bite to eat and a drink from one of the many Original Farmers Market restaurants then join us on the West Patio at 6:30 pm. Trivia starts promptly at 7pm. Register

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#MESCommunity - Join the MESC Board at the Autry After Hours: Viva el Arte
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

#MESCommunity - Join the MESC Board at the Autry After Hours: Viva el Arte

Join us on the South Lawn at the Autry Museum at 6:00 PM and get a behind the scenes peek at the professional development opportunities that exist by serving on the MESC Board. Meet current board members and hear their story of how they came to serve in their role. MESC is a great space to cultivate your passions, ideas, and career. Register

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2018 Annual Institute
May
29
1:00 PM13:00

2018 Annual Institute

Not There Yet: Race, Ethnicity, and Cultural Hegemony in Museum Education

How do we design welcoming and engaging learning experiences that honor the histories and lives of our diverse communities? We invite individuals, educators, and museum professionals from all backgrounds and career levels to examine equity within the broader context of…

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