Lunch and Learn is a new, free program created by the California Association of Museum that brings relevant content to you at your desk. Join us for live webinars and explore dynamic ideas and strategies for your museum.



Past Lunch and Learns

"Off the Shelf" and Scrappy Technology Solutions

This webinar was recorded LIVE on August 15, 2019. CLICK HERE to watch the recording.

Led by CAM's 2019–2020 Technology Fellow David Canfield, this webinar demonstrates how museums can utilize inexpensive, commercially available products in both traditional and non-traditional ways to address technology needs such as ambient audio, video displays, wayfinding, digital signage and more. Canfield will present options such as the Raspberry Pi platform, off the shelf video solutions, and how to repurpose “obsolete” tech. Additionally, he will also address some of the concerns, pitfalls, and experiences of building and deploying these solutions.

Presenter: David Canfield has been the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the Pacific Battleship Center since 2012, where he gets to "tinker" and apply his deep-seated experience in technology. David left a 20+ year career in Silicon Valley to serve on the ship that he grew up on. His passion and dogged leadership have attracted a robust crew of volunteer IT specialists from all over the country to put the Battleship IOWA at the forefront of technology innovation.

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Decolonizing the Narrative of Native American Museum Interpretations

This webinar was recorded LIVE on June 12, 2019. CLICK HERE to watch the recording.

This webinar builds awareness and understanding for interpreting Native American history and cultures in museums. Examine the impacts of colonization on existing narratives and strategies for integrating native perspectives into civic discourse. Explore multimedia, curricular, and professional development resources, as well as collaborative partnerships for expanding your knowledge of Native American interpretations to foster diversity and cultural intelligence in your exhibitions, collections, and programming.


Nicole Lim, Executive Director, California Indian Museum & Cultural Center; Moderator

Joely Proudfit, Executive Director, The California Culture and Sovereignty Center; Speaker

Kouslaa Kessler-Mata, Professor, University of San Francisco; Speaker

Alexis Bunten, Co-Director, Bioneers Indigeneity Program; Speaker

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CAM 2019 Fellows Part 2, Public Programs

This webinar was recorded LIVE on May 23, 2019. CLICK HERE to watch the recording.

Part 2 of our 2019 CAM Fellowship program webinar series includes case studies with a Public Programs discipline, focusing on creating responsive spaces through exhibitions and incorporating native voice through museum education programs.


Sara Smallhouse, Board Member, Museum of Northern California Art; 2019 CAM Fellow
The Santa Cruz MAH's Community Issue Exhibitions as a Model for the Inclusive Museum: At the core of changing museum narratives is inviting underrepresented communities and letting them tell their own stories. This case study explores this idea through the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History community issue exhibitions. These issue-driven exhibitions not only give underrepresented communities a voice and welcome them into the museum space, they also promote advocacy.

Jamie Nord, Anthropology Curator Intern, San Bernardino County Museum; 2019 CAM Fellow
Incorporating Native Voice in Museum Education: This case study of the Barona Cultural Center & Museum presents a discussion of how tribal museums are developing hands-on educational programming that can be incorporated into other museum institutions for alternative methods of educating youth about Native culture. Tribal museums can influence education within the public school system by retelling the history of California through Native voice.

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The CAM Fellowship program is funded by The Getty Foundation.


CAM 2019 Fellows Part 1, External Affairs

This webinar was recorded LIVE on May 22, 2019. CLICK HERE to watch the recording.

Part 1 of our 2019 CAM Fellowship program webinar series includes case studies with an External Affairs discipline, focusing on equitable practices in public relations and creating cultural memory through ethnic-specific institutions.


Emily Butts, MA Candidate, The University of Texas at Austin; 2019 CAM Fellow
The Role of Ethnic-Specific Museums in Creating Cultural Memory: Who is included, who is excluded, and why? This question is pertinent to all museums—especially when it comes to collecting and exhibition practices—but it is especially relevant when the museum is a restored immigration station. This article explores the history of Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and how the island’s history as the “Ellis Island of the Pacific” relates to other gatekeeping practices in the United States, specifically along the United States-Mexico border.

Angela Medrano, Communications Assistant, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; 2019 CAM Fellow
in conversation with Nancy Lee, Senior Manager of Public Relations, Hammer Museum
Communicating the Hammer Museum's Made In L.A. 2018: This case study delves in to the Hammer Museum’s PR strategy for the Made in L.A. 2018 exhibition as a model for incorporating equity into one’s everyday work life.

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The CAM Fellowship program is funded by The Getty Foundation.


Change is Inevitable: The Essentials of Succession Planning

This webinar was recorded LIVE on May 2, 2019. CLICK HERE to watch the recording.

Succession planning keeps your organization moving forward during the inevitable changes that come with running a nonprofit. Not only do they help navigate leadership transitions, they can also serve as an excellent tool for retaining your strongest performers, who often tend to be the type of employees who need to know where their career is headed. CAM and presenter Anne W. Ackerson explore succession planning essentials and why it might be better to call it talent planning.

Presenter: Anne W. Ackerson has written and promoted dialogue about many of the challenging issues facing museums, including succession planning. As Director of the Museums Association of New York, Ackerson initiated Report to the Field: The Status of Succession Planning in New York State Museums, which addresses the unique challenges around succession planning in museums. Ackerson is the former executive director of the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) and currently serves as their Communications Coordinator. Her work on these and related issues resulted in the books, Leadership Matters and Women in the Museum: Lessons from the Workplace, which she co-authored with Joan Baldwin. She is also an independent museum consultant specializing in organizational development.

This activity is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.


Cybersecurity for All

This webinar was recorded LIVE on August 16, 2018.  CLICK HERE to watch the recording.

Whatever your technical comfort or responsibility, there are some easy things you can do to keep your museum safe from cyber threats.  Join us for Lunch and Learn program focused on practical tips for all skill levels and resources, that can help keep your museum safe. 



Julia Falkowski, Project and Production Specialist, Balboa Park Online Collaborative and CAM Technology Fellow

Ryan Prindiville, Leader of Strategy & Practice Transformation at Armanino LLP


This program is supported in part by Associated Foundations, Inc. in memory of Barry Herlihy.


 Empathy as a New Lens for Learning

This webinar was recorded LIVE on November 7th, 2017. CLICK HERE to watch the recording.

Speakers: Ami Davis, Principal, Ami Davis Consulting; Wendy Abelmann, Director of Education and Public Programs, Oceanside Museum of Art, Katherine Herman, Education Outreach Manager, Autry Museum of the American West 
There is a recent groundswell of interest in empathy; international leaders identify empathy as one of the most important leadership skills of the 21st century. Join this lunch and learn webinar to hear how museums are purposefully designing education programs and exhibits to explore and teach empathy in an effort to promote civic engagement.