Learning Collaboratives Professional Development: June – November 2015

  Imagine the impact on museum practice if professional networks within California – the most populous state in the nation – collaborated and leveraged their resources to address the most critical issues facing California museums…   With a National Leadership grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the California Association of Museums is spearheading an ambitious collaborative learning project to do just this!   The California Networks for Collaboration (CNfC) will offer free professional development opportunities over a period of six months (June – November 2015). Three unique Learning Collaboratives will take place under the project’s overarching topic of expanding public engagement and accessibility:   Accessibility Learning Collaborative – Gain sensitivity and practical tools to intentionally design for diverse audiences’ experiences inside and outside of the museum.   Audience Research Learning Collaborative – Learn to think “evaluatively” to design small, practical audience research studies and collect meaningful data.   Engagement Strategies Learning Collaborative – Deepen your insights and practices to effectively align institutional goals and directly engage the communities you serve.    Each course of study will provide a baseline understanding of the topic under investigation by reviewing best practices and offering access to national content experts. During the six months of study, participants will:  

  • Meet in person once a month
  • Participate in online discussions and activities with fellow collaborators
  • Read and review recommended resources curated by national experts
  • Attend webinars
  • Visit a local case study institution
  • Co-create a final knowledge product

  Click on the region nearest you to apply for this free professional opportunity!  

Central Coast 
Central Valley 
Gold Country
High Sierra 
Inland Empire
Los Angeles 
North Coast 
Orange County 
San Diego 
San Francisco 
Shasta Cascade    

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 11:59pm  

Project partners across the state include:  

Santa Barbara Educators’ Roundtable

Solano County Museum Consortium

Sunnylands Center & Gardens

Sacramento Association of Museums

Eastern Sierra Cultural Heritage Alliance

Riverside Art Museum

Museum Educators of Southern California
Exhibit Envoy
Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
Cultural Connections
Turtle Bay Exploration Park
California Arts Council
Cal Humanities  

For more information about the California Networks for Collaboration project:  

CNfC 12 Regions of California

CNfC All Project Staff

CNfC Phase 1 Executive Summary

CNfC Findings on Collaborative Learning Networks  

For questions or to gain more information about this project, please contact:  

Ivy Young Project Director,

California Networks for Collaboration

California Association of Museums

[email protected]

831/471.9970 x106  


Christina Alberti Program Coordinator,

California Association of Museums

[email protected]

831/471.9970 x103