The Oakland Museum of California's Gallery of California History is the
winner of the Special Distinction for
"Exemplary Inclusion of Community Voices" Award-one of the four awards
presented at the 2012 Excellence in
Exhibitions Awards at the American Association of Museum conference in
Minneapolis on May 1.
The peer-review competition chose
the "Coming to California" Exhibit and History Gallery for this prestigious award
due to its strong commitment to addressing community
needs and including community
voices. The award announcement states: "This permanent exhibition
provides a history of California's people from pre-contact Native cultures to
today. The overall goal of the exhibition is to provide a new type of public
space within the museum-an inclusive place of inquiry, reflection, and public
conversation about the history of California, with room for ongoing
contributions by the museum's communities over time."