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August 18: Newcomer Happy Hour


Thursday, August 18 | 5:30 PM – 8 PM | Panama 66

Are you new to the arts and culture field or new to that scene in San Diego? Do you want to meet peers in your field and have access to professional development opportunities?

Then San Diego Emerging Museum Professionals is the group for you!

We’re hosting a special happy hour to welcome new members to EMP on Thursday, August 18, at 5:30 p.m. at Panama 66 so you can discover what we’re all about!

It’s the perfect opportunity to mix and mingle with our board and current members, and to learn about San Diego EMP’s mission, programming initiatives, and available resources that will help you get established in San Diego’s growing arts and culture industry.

Current members: be sure to come with all the newbies on your staff and introduce them to EMP!

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July 19: Flash Conference – Making Sense of Organizations in Flux

Flash Conference

Tuesday, July 19 | 6 PM – 8 PM | Monarch Arredon Contemporary Art Gallery

Haven’t made it to a conference or workshop lately? Hear San Diego arts and culture industry peers’ recent conference presentations right here in San Diego!

Join san Diego EMP and Rising Arts Leaders for a flash-style conference all about how to navigate challenging, but exciting changes and opportunities in your day-to-day duties and your organization as a whole.

This event will feature three speakers from different professional backgrounds to give you some perspective and advice on the work you may currently be involved in or future projects.

Our speakers include:

Robert Rutherford | Audience Engagement Manager, San Diego Natural History Museum

Legitimizing Irreverence in the Museum

Reverently, this session will analyze audience response to the juxtaposition of discordant manifestations of museum identities. Irreverently, this session will explore how some museums have thrown centuries of time-tested techniques of interpretation out the window to appeal to the lowest common denominator through humor and irreverence. The humor, relatability, and legitimate news that come from sources such as The Daily Show have proven that people can appreciate both a well-timed joke about flatulence and a logical argument. Modern museums have many tools at their disposal to use irreverence and humor as a legitimate interpretive tool, so what’s stopping them?

Kelly Revak | Archivist, San Diego Museum of Man

Managing Unmanaged Collections

Many museum collections house objects that lack proper identification, accession numbers, and registration documentation. Knowing where to start to rectify the situation can be extremely daunting. Too often these collections remain undocumented, effectively hidden from the community, inaccessible for research, and unable to benefit their institution’s exhibitions and programming needs. Join this session to learn about successful strategies for managing unmanaged collections.

Matt Carney | Executive Director, San Diego Dance Theatre

Communication During Change: Creating Sustainability in the Arts Through a Mixed Strategy Approach

Communication During Change investigates the role of communication during organizational change and development. The project focuses on mid-size non-profit organizations going through structural and/or staffing changes and provides case studies for qualitative data analysis with real world implications. For true sustainability in the arts there needs to be a mixed strategy approach in implementing a strategic plan outside of the usual concentration on the creation of new works. By studying military strategy and public administrative policy, the project takes a different perspective than what is traditionally seen in the non-profit field by focusing on problem solving and action planning. Specifically in the field of dance, studying the flow of communication between all key stakeholders makes change and development a team experience. Rather than a top-down directive approach, involving artistic and administrative staff, volunteers, and the Board of Directors in the process of implementing a new strategic plan creates a solid infrastructure for an organization to grow economically, politically, and artistically.

Also, San Diego EMP will lead a leadership activity that will get you networking and thinking about these bigger issues!

Enjoy good conversation with your peers, light snacks, and adult beverages all in a beautiful gallery space in La Jolla.

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Monarch Gallery


Events Meet Ups Networking

June 16: Behind-the-Scenes at the Tinkering Studio


June 16 | 5 PM – 7 PM | Rueben H. Fleet Science Center

Get hands-on with San Diego EMP at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s Tinkering Studio!

With the expert help of Ashanti Davis, the Fleet’s Lead Tinkering Studio Coordinator, you’ll have a chance to design your own stomp rocket out of paper and recycled materials and then launch it with the Studio’s rocket launchers.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Tinkering Studio, and have fun with your arts and culture industry peers!