CAJM 2015: Open Source

JEWISH MUSEUMS AND COLLABORATIVE CULTURE

The 2015 CAJM Conference, Open Source: Jewish Museums and Collaborative Culture, will convene in San Francisco, March 8-10, 2015. Taking our inspiration from the Bay Area's leadership in technology, we have planned a program that focuses on the process of open collaboration in which a variety of contributors (each with agendas and needs) work in parallel to develop a new service or product. "Open Source" thus becomes a metaphor for our field, responsive both to our local communities and global trends.

The 2015 conference will explore how, in a hyper-connected world, audience expectations for maximum participation and shared authority impact our exhibitions, programs, collections, fund-raising, marketing, personnel skills, and strategies. An array of pace-setting thinkers and practitioners will discuss new models of participatory programming, civic engagement, and strategic collaboration, punctuated by presentations from artists, writers, and performers.

The conference will provide an opportunity to explore resources and collections at several CAJM museums in the San Francisco Bay Area, plus other notable cultural institutions and landmarks.

KassofCAJM Board members Anita Kassof (left) and Marsha Semmel (below left) are Co-Chairs for the three-day gathering.  Kassof, Deputy Director at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York and former Associate Director of the Jewish Museum of Maryland, co-chaired our 2013 NYC conference. (Photo credit: Melanie Einzig)

SemmelSemmel, Senior Advisor at the Noyce Leadership Institute, previously directed numerous programs at the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was President and CEO of the Women of the West Museum and Conner Prairie.

Host institutions for the conference are the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco and the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the University of California, Berkeley.