Community Councils

Oakland Museum of California, 2012. Photo: Shaun Roberts.

The Museum’s advisory councils work with our Education Department and support us in our mission to stay connected to the Bay Area’s many diverse communities.

The members of the African American Advisory Council, Asian Pacific Advisory Council, Latino Advisory Council, and Native American Advisory Council provide counsel regarding museum-wide initiatives—such as our renovation and expansion project, temporary exhibitions, and educational programs—that reflect community needs and cultural interests.

The Teacher Advisory Council’s goals are to foster collaboration and learning among teachers and museum educators, to ensure that more Oakland teachers have access to our resources, and to improve museum resources for teachers and students.

The Días de los Muertos Committee works with our staff to design and implement the annual Días de los Muertos Community Celebration, as we seek to preserve the spirituality of the Days of the Dead through the teaching of the history and practices of this sacred celebration.

Founded in 1971, the Council on Architecture supports the Museum and celebrates its exceptional architecture. Its members are interested in promoting greater understanding and appreciation of the built environment through architectural tours, exhibits, and lectures.

For more information about the Museum’s advisory councils please contact the community programs manager at 510-318-8475 or