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2018 Annual Institute

  • Skirball Cultural Center 2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90049 United States (map)

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 Southern California’s museum landscape.

Registration required. $10 for MESC members, $25 for non-members.

About the Annual Institute

This year’s Annual Institute will feature:

Panel Conversation with Q&A
Radical leaders in practice and thought will discuss how museum educators take part in shaping the discourse surrounding the integral roles that race, ethnicity, and culture play in museums today. As a means to ground our work and promote active reflection, the panelists will consider what has been accomplished in the past, how inclusion initiatives might be falling short today, and where we still need to go.

Networking Opportunities
Connect with fellow educators and museum leaders between sessions while enjoying complimentary refreshments or exploring the Skirball’s galleries.

Live Podcast featuring the American Alliance of Museum’s “One Good Thing”
Join Paula Santos, creator and host of Cultura Conscious, for a very special anniversary episode with featured guest and fellow panelist Elena Muslar. During this inaugural live recording, Paula and Elena will break down the buzz versus the actual work of social justice work in arts and cultural organizations and how that manifests from our individual selves to the field at large. “One Good Thing” is a series of face-to-face professional development opportunities developed by AAM’s EdCom, in which participants learn about best practices for designing and implementing museum education-related programs.

Breakout Sessions and Maker Stations
Discuss key issues that arose during the panel and podcast during breakout sessions facilitated by discussion leaders. Prefer to get creative? Join a maker station for a guided hands-on activity.


Following the program, you’re invited to join the MESC Board for a no-host Happy Hour at Public School from 5–7pm. Skip traffic while continuing the conversation with colleagues!


2018 MESC Annual Institute Speakers

Anuradha Vikram - Moderator, Artistic Director, 18th Street Arts Center
Betty Avila, Co-Director, Advancement and Administration, Self-Help Graphics
Robyn Hetrick, Director of Programs and Public Events, Autry Museum of the American West
Elena Muslar, Assistant Director of Entertainment and Fine Arts Professions, Loyola Marymount University
Paula Santos, Creator and Host, Cultura Conscious



Am I a MESC member already? How do I find out?
Please email to inquire about your current membership status.

How do I purchase a MESC membership?
You may purchase a new membership or renew here.

Do you offer scholarships to attend the event?
Yes! We want anyone who wishes to attend the MESC Annual Institute to be present. If paying a fee to attend the conference is too great of a financial burden, please email us at for information on our scholarship program and volunteer opportunities.

What are my transportation/parking options nearby?
Parking is free at the Skirball Cultural Center. For more information on getting to the Skirball and parking, please visit
Where do I park? Where do we meet?

Once you arrive, please park in the North Parking lot (see map) and enter through the main entrance lobby. There you will find signage directing you to the Haas Conference Center (see map). A friendly MESC board member will greet you at the welcome table. 

Can I sign up for the program the day of the event?
Yes! We encourage you to reserve your ticket in advance, but you may purchase a ticket at the event. You may also purchase a new or renew your MESC membership at the event.

What kind of access services are available?
This MESC program is wheelchair accessible. All of the parking garages are wheelchair friendly. There is handicapped parking in both the North and South Garages (see map). The entrance ramp is located to the right of the staircase at the main entrance. Once inside, look for signage directing you to the Haas Conference Center (see map).

Assisted-listening devices or translation services are available for use by advanced request. Please email with any needs by Monday, May 21st.

May I visit the Skirball Cultural Center Galleries before or after the program?
Free general admission will be given to all MESC attendees which will include access to the Leonard Bernstein at 100 exhibition and Selections from Kehinde Wiley’s The World Stage: Israel. Noah’s Ark tickets will be first-come, first-served, subject to availability. The galleries are open from 12-5 pm. If you decide to arrive early, pick up general admission tickets at the MESC welcome table in front of the Haas Conference Center. Limited Noah’s Ark tickets will be first-come, first-served, subject to availability. There will also be time during the program to visit the exhibitions. 

How do I contact you if I have a question?
Please email We would love to hear from you! 




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 Skirball Cultural Center, who is providing both meeting space and recording services and in partnership with AAM/EdCom’s One Good Thing.