May 30: Craft & Conversation: Representation in Museums

May 30 | 6 – 8 PM | San Diego Art Institute

Drinks and deep conversation with fellow museum lovers – what could be better?

San Diego Emerging Museum Professionals brings you our next installment of Craft & Conversation, focusing on Representation in Museums. Whose works and perspectives are being represented -not just in exhibits but among the ranks of the museum staff? What can we do together to promote a harmony of diverse voices?
Our friends at the San Diego Art Institute will guide us through this conversation. Come as early as 6pm to walk through their ABOUT-FACE exhibit, then grab a drink and settle in as a featured artist, Alanna Airitam, and Deputy Director, Sarah Trujillo-Porter, kick off the discussion. Suggested $10 Donation

To help prepare for this dialogue, attend one (or both!) of the FREE San Diego Art Institute events below, or read a selection of these provided articles:
  • ABOUT-FACE VIP Reception: Cocktails, Curator Talk, & Film Screening Wednesday, May 23, 5pm-8pm
    • Be our guest at ABOUT-FACE for a curator talk and walkthrough with the artists at 6PM. The short documentary film, “From Haarlem to Harlem,” will be screened every half hour starting at 5:15PM in our private screening room. This short film by The Artist Odyssey documents Alanna Airitam’s time working on “The Golden Age” series, currently on view at SDAI.
    • **Free Admission with RSVP to Jacqueline Marino at Jmarino@sandiego-art.org
    • Cash Bar (SDAI members receive a complimentary drink ticket)

ARTICLES


MORE ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS

Alanna Airitam | Fine Art Portrait Photographer and Artist

Alanna Airitam is a fine art portrait photographer. A major theme in her work is representation and she uses art as a platform to lift marginalized voices. Born in New York, she grew up in Dallas and currently resides in San Diego. The Golden Age series grew from Alanna’s desire to see people like herself represented in art history. The photographic portraits, staged with Rembrandt-like lighting, evoke Dutch Realism painting of the 17th century. Each title is a nod to the Harlem Renaissance: streets and landmarks in Harlem, NY, whose namesake came from the Dutch city of Harlem. Both were known for their wealth and outpouring of art during their respective Renaissances.

Sarah Trujillo-Porter | San Diego Art Institute | Deputy Director

Sarah Trujillo-Porter is SDAI’s Deputy Director and project manager for projects including the MJM Artist in Residence Program and the CAC grant funded Little Saigon project. Sarah is working with the fine team at the art center to bring exciting programming to our region and develop interesting experiences for all age groups. Sarah has a background in contemporary art, with an MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art and a BA in Art History with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. In her past role as Associate Director at Quint Gallery, Sarah worked on a number of projects including exhibition management, GSA contracts and other artwork commissions. She simultaneously worked at MCASD as a Gallery Educator.

 

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April 18: Workshop: Perfect Your Elevator Pitch

April 18 | 6 – 8 PM | The New Children’s Museum

It takes seven seconds to make a first impression, so why not start off on the right foot with an elevator pitch that is professional, memorable and confident? San Diego EMP is here to help you craft a 30-second pitch to help you ride the elevator all the way to the top!

Alison Urban, long time education specialist for organizations such as the San Diego Zoo and La Jolla Playhouse and Michael Warburton, Director of Parkwide Communications at the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership will facilitate.

Come prepared to practice your elevator pitch in a supportive, collaborative environment!

Suggested donation: $10
Includes free elevator pitch resource, snacks, and parking

The New Children’s Museum
200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Free Parking!
The parking garage is located directly behind the museum and is accessible from either Front or Union Street. Park only in GREEN museum spots. Please arrive between 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm for parking. Parking is only available during the event. The garage is not accessible after the event. Any cars parked outside of a museum spot or left after the event are subject to towing.


Learn More About Our Presenters!

Michael Warburton: Director, Parkwide Marketing, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

Michael is currently the Director, Parkwide Communications for the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, a non-profit supporting 30 organizations residing on the 1,200 acre Balboa Park campus. In this role, he is focused on building the Balboa Park brand and positioning the Park as a must-visit destination. Michael was formerly the Associate Director of Communications for the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, among other leadership roles held during his 20+ years with the non-profit San Diego Zoo Global.

Alison Urban, PhD Student, UC San Diego

Alison Urban is a second-year PhD student. She holds a B.A.Honors in Drama in Education & Community from University of Windsor and a M.A. in Drama with a specialization in Theatre for Social Action from University of Alberta. Prior to studying at UC San Diego, Alison was the Associate Director of Education & Outreach at La Jolla Playhouse working with schools to bring drama based cross-curricular arts integration into classrooms. Areas of interest include theatre with youth at-risk, Theatre of the Oppressed, cultural memory, and informal education. Based on her nine years as an educator at the San Diego Zoo, Alison is focusing her research on theatre in museum spaces. Career highlights include joker training with Augusto Boal, handling endangered species, and learning to drive a double-decker bus!

March 14: Behind-the-Scenes: Unshelved at the NAT

March 14 | 6 – 8 PM | San Diego Natural History Museum

Have you ever wondered how many hidden specimens lie in the storage of the San Diego Natural History Museum? Wonder no more as they unpack, unshelve, and share the 8 million specimens they have collected over the last 143 years in their newest exhibit, “Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage.”

Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour designed for San Diego EMP members guided by Bradley Tsalyuk, Exhibits Project Manager, and Michael Field, Director of Experience Design. They will share their experiences with taking on this large-scale project along with the challenges and successes of making this exhibit come to life.

Suggested donation – up to $10! ADVANCED TICKET IS REQUIRED! Space is limited, so make sure to reserve your spot today! 

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Learn more about our guides:
Bradley Tsalyuk – Exhibits Project Manager
Bradley Tsalyuk is an emerging museum professional who utilizes his background as an artist to connect art, science, and natural history. He joined the San Diego Natural History Museum as the Public Programs Project Coordinator in 2015, and now holds the position of Exhibits Project Manager. As Project Manager, he collaborates with colleagues within the exhibits department and across the institution to conceptualize, develop, and construct permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Michael Field – Director of Experience Design
Michael Field has been designing, fabricating and evaluating museum exhibitions in Balboa Park for 33 years. He has been involved in the planning and creation of hundreds of exhibitions and several historic building restoration and modernization projects with an emphasis on sustainability. His lifelong passion for art, history, and science help him translate ideas into engaging experiences for visitors of all types. He is currently the Director of Experience Design at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Please meet us on the north side of the San Diego Natural History Museum building near the fig tree.

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See you there!

San Diego EMP