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Making Museums Matter: Nina Simon’s TEDxSantaCruz Talk

Posted by on November 19, 2012


In September, I got the chance to share our vision at the MAH with the world through the TEDxSantaCruz conference. This inspiring event brought together hundreds of people for electrifying talks on the theme of openness. We heard about everything from open space to open government to open minds. It was an energizing, powerful opportunity to learn and share the ways that we can make our communities more vibrant through inclusivity.

I shared the MAH story: how we have transformed our museum into a thriving cultural center by opening up to our community. By collaborating with diverse groups, celebrating the unique forms of culture in Santa Cruz, and honoring the participation of all our visitors, we’ve been able to make more museum more popular, more dynamic, more financially stable, and ultimately, more successful. I hope you will enjoy watching this fifteen minute video, which is full of stories of how our visitors are changing both the MAH and Santa Cruz County. From comment cards to memory jars, poetry nights to fire festivals, YOU have made this museum thrive. THANK YOU for inspiring me and making this story possible.

  • Wooo, you are all wired up! At the public library here, I am unable to hear what you were talking about….but it’s better than at home for I cannot watch internet video because I am still using dial-up to get onto the internet ! Mother does not know how and won’t authorize me to make changes and I don’t have a work income….etc….

  • Laurie Phillips

    Thank you for your passion about this. I heard you were just in Minneapolis speaking to the Arts Learning Exchange to a crowd that was very enthusiastic about your message — I’m sorry I missed it, but glad you had this video I could watch.