The Japanese Garden celebrates Japanese cars of the past and present, set to take place on Sunday, August 4th. Check out cars of Socal’s finest street, show, and track cars, from Civics to Skylines and everything in between. After car-gazing, stroll and enjoy the beauty of one of the 10 best Japanese gardens in the Nation.
Join MESC friends new and old alike for another night of Tuesday Trivia. This time, we will be at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles. Meet new and past board members as we put our trivia skills to the test!
2019 Annual Institute | Racial Equity and Museums: Creating Structures of Sustained Support for People of Color
The Annual Institute, MESC’s largest annual professional development event, is a gathering of museum professionals from across the field. This year, we will dialogue on how to create additional opportunities and structures of sustained support for people of color in the museum field. Over the course of this half-day program, we will hear from distinguished speakers, work in small groups to imagine new practices, and make connections within the SoCal museum community. Morning snacks and pastries will be provided. For more information, visit our eventbrite page.
****Registration required. Unfortunately this program is sold out and tickets will not be sold at the door.***
This program is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. MESC is proud to present this program with generous support from the Vincent Price Art Museum, who is providing meeting space for this event.
#MESCFeatures: Digital Inclusivity
Is being digitally literate now required in the field of education? How do we embody inclusivity from programming to marketing? How can we as museum educators be more responsive in all of our practices to the audiences we serve? Tune in to this Digital Program (conducted via Zoom call!), where we will explore social media basics, best practices, Alternative Text and Inclusive Digital Marketing Strategies as they relate to Education Departments in a variety of institutions.
This program will be facilitated by Nina Dubinsky. A little bit about her: Nina is a Seattle native with a passion for all things internet. She is currently the Seattle Art Museum's social media coordinator, a position where her two loves and degrees—art and communication—meet in the middle. When she's not 'gramming about art she's making it—she also enjoys traveling, naps, and a strong cup of tea!
Tune in Thursday, May 30th, and join the conversation! (Access to the Zoom call will be sent out to participant's emails!) All are welcome to participate, regardless of amount of prior experience in the field of social media practices.
Write to us at email@example.com with any questions you may have.
Join MESC as we cheer on pie makers at the Fowler Museum while they compete side-by-side in KCRW's Good Food Pie Contest. Try some pies and join MESCEducators at 2:00pm as we explore the Fowler’s new exhibit, Dressed with Distinction: Garments from Ottoman Syria. Check out the exhibition here
Call for Nominations
Are you committed the the field of museum education? Are you enlivened by working collaboratively with people who have different perspectives, backgrounds, and expertise than you? Do you have the time to commit to serving your community on a non-profit board? Then we want you!
We are excited to announce that MESC’s Election Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2019-2021 board term. We welcome applicants from across Southern California, and strongly encourage nominees at all career levels and from diverse academic, professional, and cultural backgrounds to apply. The Election Committee consists of three current board members, none of whom are running for re-election…
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…
Saturday, January 26, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
$10 MESC Members | $20 Non-Members
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.
#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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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…