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Autry Classroom Curators:
The Museum as Public Resource and Research Facility

Friday, June 13
10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Autry National Center of the American West
Los Angeles

An Alliance "One Good Thing" workshop

Join colleagues in examining the Autry National Center’s new outreach program, Autry Classroom Curators (ACC) as we explore, think about and suggest ways that museums in general, and our museums in particular, can provide resources to a broad public for the purpose of research and exhibition, advancing the goal of the 21st century museum to become a site of pubic engagement and discourse.

In the 2013–2014 academic year, the education department of the Autry National Center launched ACC, a project which empowers students from middle and high schools to research and curate their own exhibitions both at the Autry and in their schools. Calling on the expertise of museum professionals and a circle of scholars and others associated with the museum, ACC has enabled students and teachers to meet with top university professors, access valuable primary resources, visit historic sites and access other critical resources. The Autry’s work provides a model of the museum as a democratic site of research and cultural production.

Who Should Attend

We encourage you to bring a colleague! Cross-departmental teams are encouraged to attend, including museum educators, exhibitions planners, curators, audience research and evaluation professionals, development staff, public programs staff, PR and marketing professionals, visitor services/experience staff and museum directors or senior staff looking to develop or revise education-related programming pan-institutionally.

How Will I Benefit?

All Alliance “One Good Thing” programs feature practical information, local facilitators, skills-building activities and opportunities for discussion and networking. By participating in this program, attendees will be better able to:

  • Consider effective models of outreach programming
  • Advance the goal of  the 21st century museum to become a site of pubic engagement and discourse
  • Advocate for museums as agents of change both locally and globally.


  • Erik Greenberg, director of education and visitor engagement, Autry National Center, Los Angeles
  • Rebekah Harding, outreach specialist, Autry National Cente, Los Angeles
  • Merry Ovnick, professor of history, California State University, Northridge
  • Michael Levy, teacher, Culver City Middle School, California

Agenda (subject to change)

10 a.m.
Check in, coffee and view ACC exhibition, Our West
11 a.m.
Classroom Curators: Reconceiving Research, Interpretation and Learning
12 noon
Lunch and time to explore the museum
(lunch not provided)
1 p.m.
Breakout Activity
Create model ACC projects in small groups
2 p.m.
Sharing, discussion and recap
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You will a receive registration confirmation e-mail within 24 hours and further instructions via e-mail closer to the live event. 

For more program-related information, contact Greg Stevens.


Autry National Center of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462

About the Autry National Center

The Autry National Center of the American West is a museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West. Located in Griffith Park, the Autry’s collection of over 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts, which includes the collection of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, is one of the largest and most significant in the United States.

About “One Good Thing”

 “One Good Thing” is a series of face-to-face professional development opportunities developed by EdCom, in which participants explore a single specific education-related program/topic at various host institutions. In each session, participants will be able to learn about best practices for designing and implementing museum education-related programs (e.g. onsite education programs, exhibitions, public programs, outreach programs, virtual programs) through discussion and participation. Participants will:

  • Learn about the programs from conceptualization to implementation from a range of perspectives
  • Actively engage in the program experience
  • Explore, discuss and analyze related research-based best practices, and brainstorming strategies for implementation or adaptation at their own institutions.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests for Alliance professional development programs must be received in writing no later than one week prior to the event date to receive a full refund of your registration fees. Refund requests will not be accepted after that date. The Alliance reserves the right to cancel any program at any time, for any reason. In the event of a program cancellation by the Alliance, attendees will receive a full refund of their registration fees.  For face-to-face programs, the Alliance is not responsible for any travel or hotel expenses incurred as a result of your participation or cancellation of an event.