OMCA RECEIVES EXHIBITION OF SPECIAL DISTINCTION AWARD FROM THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF MUSEUMS
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."
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