Upcoming Events

October 26: EMP Boo-tacular Happy Hour

October 26 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Twisted Taps

Get in the Halloween spirit and join us for a BOO!-tacular Happy Hour at Twisted Taps!

Join fellow Emerging Museum Professionals for an evening of fun conversations and good laughs. Come dressed in your spookiest threads and be entered to win a SCARY prize. See you there!

Let Us Know You’ll Be There!


San Diego EMP



September 13: Craft (Wine) & Conversation: Keeping Up in a Changing Field

September 13| 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Negociant Winery

Museum folks are working from within their organizations to positively alter the historical spaces museums inhabit, from encouraging diverse hiring practices and more equitable pay, to creating more accessible programming and reaching out to work directly with communities. But how can we insure that we are in sustainable positions to continue this important work?

Join us at our September Craft (wine) & Conversation night to discuss how to keep up in a changing field. Through a roundtable-style discussion moderated by Emerging Museum Professional, Dia Bassett, guests will have the opportunity to share their views on this subject. We complied a list of articles to read to learn a little more about the subject matter, check them out below. Reading is encouraged but not required!

$5 Suggested Donation (Support EMP with a minimum donation that will help our volunteer-run organization to continue to offer free or low-cost professional development and networking opportunities for museum professionals at all levels.)


The Female Gaze: https://thefemalegaze.org/2017/06/28/its-brave-to-quit-the-museum-field/

The Contested Histories of Water: https://hyperallergic.com/384551/dna-of-water-newhouse-center-for-contemporary-art-commonwealth-water-all-all-queens-museum-2017/

Lessons from the ‘Scaffold’ Controversy: http://www.startribune.com/lessons-from-the-scaffold-controversy-museums-are-inherently-colonial-institutions/431623363/

Make Museums Great Again? Fear of Change in Museums: https://brilliantideastudio.com/art-museums/make-museums-great-again-fear-of-change-in-museums/

Ph.D. – Level Position, $28K Salary: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/07/18/outrage-over-position-would-pay-phd-28000-what-many-see-full-workload

Parking: There is limited lot parking but lots of street parking!

Let Us Know You’ll Be There!


San Diego EMP


September 6: Smith Leadership Symposium

September 6 | 9AM – 5:30PM | The San Diego Museum of Art / Fleet Science Center

San Diego Emerging Museum Professionals are invited to attend the 2017 Smith Leadership Symposium: Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement on Wednesday, September 6 in Balboa Park.

This year’s Smith Leadership Symposium will explore the connection between social responsibility and civic engagement. What is your organization’s social responsibility to the arts, culture, and science community, as well as, the community at large? How can organizations be more civically engaged? This professional development opportunity will bring together local and national speakers for a full day of learning opportunities focused on how individuals can be advocates for not only themselves, but for organizations as a whole through civil discourse and inclusive programming.

Speakers: Shamell Bell a dancer and Community Organizer and Arts & Culture liaison with Black Lives Matter LA, Milenko Matanovic founder of the Pomegranate Center in Seattle, Monica O. Montgomery founding Director and Curator of the Museum of Impact, and Mike Murawski Director of Education and Public Programs from the Portland Art Museum. Learn more about the program and what they’ll be sharing.

Registration is now open! ​San Diego Emerging Museum Professionals receive $5 off each ticket price ($20 in savings!) – enter promotional code Affiliate_Org. Register here!

**Planning to take a group of 10 or more? Email learning@bpcp.org for group rates!**