Oakland, CA, April 13, 2010 – A glittering, golden gala is slated to celebrate the reopening of the
Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) and benefit the Museum’s newly transformed and expanded
education programs Saturday, May 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Event Chair Jennifer Walker and
Honorary Chair John Lasseter, Director and Chief Creative Officer of Pixar, have announced.
Golden Gala 2010: A Golden State of Mind takes its thematic inspiration from OMCA’s new
identity, reinvented experience, and beautiful new galleries that will be revealed to the public
OMCA’s stunning gardens, terraces, and galleries will create the atmosphere for the black-tie evening
begins with a 6:30 p.m. champagne and Trader Vic’s mai tai reception
and entertainment by Times 4 to welcome guests followed by an elegant
dinner of California cuisine at 8 p.m. prepared by Barbara Llewellyn
Catering. A lively auction and dancing to Wall Street complete the
evening following dinner. Guests will have exclusive eaccess to the
transformed Galleries of California Art and History during the
Gala Chair Jennifer Walker says: “It’s truly a golden age at the Oakland Museum of California, and we are
thrilled to celebrate this transformation and reopening of the ‘museum of the people’ and raise funds for
our vital and award-winning education programs.”
The Oakland Museum of California has won recognition as one of the finest “teaching” museums in the
country. Program that stimulate creative and critical thinking and excite imaginations annually engage
thousands of Museum visitors. Now in a transformative moment, the Museum’s newly expanded and
restructured education programs incorporate an integrated and interdisciplinary learning experience to
encourage intuitive connections and critical analytical thinking. OMCA education programs for families, school children and adults impact the future of our state by connecting our communities to the cultural and environmental heritage of California.
and table sponsorships for the Oakland Museum of California Golden Gala
2010: A Golden State of Mind are priced at $500 and $1000, with table
sponsorships available for $5,000-$60,000. For more information, visit www.museumca.org.
About the Transformation of the Oakland Museum of California
Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) reopens Saturday, May 1, 2010 with
a dramatically different presentation of its collections, inviting
visitors to discover the many stories of California and to
explore their own contributions to the state’s social, artistic, and
environmental heritage. OMCA’s transformation is enhanced by the
renovation and expansion of its landmark Kevin Roche building.
will celebrate the reopening with a series of events and programs that
will underscore the Museum’s unique multidisciplinary mission, as well
as emphasize California’s distinctive characteristics. The opening
events will culminate with 31-hours of continuous free public programs
on May 1st and 2nd.
in 1969 as a “museum for the people,” OMCA is reviving its foundational
premise by developing innovative exhibition and programming strategies,
setting a new paradigm for the way a museum engages the public.
Visitors to the reinvented Museum will find multiple entry points for
exploring the state’s past; learn about the natural, artistic, and
social forces that continue to shape it; and investigate their own role
in both its history and its future.
are moving toward a more participatory museum experience that
encourages visitor contributions and feedback,” said Lori Fogarty,
OMCA’s executive director. “Just as California is not a ‘fixed’ place
but constantly evolving, our new galleries are designed to accommodate
change and new ideas.”
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Oakland Museum of California
Golden Gala 2010: A Golden State of Mind
May 8, 2010. Champagne and Trader Vic’s mai tai reception beginning at
6:30 p.m. with exclusive access to the galleries; dinner and auction at
8 p.m.; dancing until midnight.
WHERE: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street (at 10th Street), Oakland, CA 94608
TICKETS: $500-$1,000 with table sponsorships available for $5,000-$60,000