When Museums Close - Why Communities Matter

  • Friday, October 6, 2023
  • 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
  • Hilton Pasadena, San Marino Ballroom


Natalie Moreno-Cason, Deputy Director, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Mark Stenroos, Director of Community Advancement, California Center for the Arts
Emily Hopkins, Executive Director, Side Street Projects


Susana Bautista, Associate VP & Chief Curator, AltaMed Art Collection, AltaMed


  • Community Engagement

Learning Format: Passive Learning

Museums are often at the risk of closing, and they do close for numerous reasons. How a community supports its museums and how deep is that engagement, can play a pivotal role in saving museums and also in easing the pain of closure to actually provide benefit. This session discusses the real-life example of the Pasadena Museum of Art closure in 2018 with former employees, and also other museum case studies.