OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA REOPENS IN CELEBRATION AND STYLE WITH GOLDEN GALA 2010: A Golden State of Mind Sat., May 8
|For Immediate Release|
|April 13, 2010|
OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA REOPENS IN CELEBRATION AND STYLE WITH
GOLDEN GALA 2010: A Golden State of Mind Sat., May 8
Event Chairs Jennifer Walker and John Lasseter
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
that 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 reception.
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.”
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.
The 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.
OMCA 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.
Created 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.
“We 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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Golden Gala 2010: A Golden State of Mind
WHEN: Saturday, 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-$60,000INFORMATION: www.museumca.org