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Build a Better World: Examining Museum-Community Partnerships

Friday, Dec. 6
12–3 p.m.
Skirball Cultural Center
Los Angeles

An Alliance "One Good Thing" workshop

Join staff from the Skirball Cultural Center and Skirball Build a Better World (BABW) partners to explore the development of the BABW initiative, a program that partners the Skirball with local organizations, such as TreePeople, Habitat for Humanity and Heaven on Earth Society for Animals that are making positive differences in the Los Angeles community. Learn how to take this model and apply it to your institution as a tool for expanding programming, audience engagment and return visitorship.

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?

By participating in this program, attendees will be better able to: 
  • Consider effective models of museum-local community organization partnerships
  • Discuss the broader implications of the synergy between non-profit and for-profit organizations
  • Promote museums as essential education institutions
  • Advocate for museums as agents of change both locally and globally

All Alliance “One Good Thing” programs feature practical information, local facilitators, skills-building activities and opportunities for discussion and networking.


  • Cheryl Bookout, public art project manager, A Window Between Worlds, Encino, CA
  • Michael Fritzen, head of family programs, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles
  • Rachel Bernstein, head of school and teacher programs, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles
  • Pamela Gisel, director of programs, Heaven on Earth Society for Animals, Van Nuys, CA

Agenda (subject to change)

12 noon
Introductions and Background
12:15 p.m.
Opportunity to explore Noah's Ark
1 p.m.
Experience the Build a Better World Project (the culminating experience for Noah's Ark)
1:15 p.m.
Debrief, discuss school/non-profit/ and for-profit partnerships
1:45 p.m.
Group exploration and discussion with activity to generate ideas on cultivating community partnerships
2:30 p.m.
Discussion and Q&A
2:45 p.m. Wrap Up
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You will a receive registration confirmation email within 24 hours and further instructions via email closer to the live event. 

For more program-related information, contact Greg Stevens.


Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda
Los Angeles, CA 90049

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.