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Nina Simon The Art of Relevance

Thu, Feb 23, 2017, 5:30 pm
Historic Hay Barn UC Santa Cruz

You’re invited to an evening with

Nina Simon

Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

on The Art of Relevance

Free Talk & Book Signing 

Where: UC Santa Cruz's Historic Cowell Ranch Hay Barn 

When: Thursday, February 23, 2017

5:30- Reception

6:30-7:30 Presentation/Q&A

Book signing to follow

Organized by the Sesnon Art Gallery and Co-sponsored by the Arts Division of UC Santa Cruz and the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS)

RSVP: Heidi Harris <>

We all want our institutions to be "relevant." But what does that word really mean? In this talk and book signing, author and museum director Nina Simon will share inspiring examples and practical theories on how to make your work more vital and valuable to diverse communities. 

As the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems celebrates its 50th year anniversary, and with the support of the Arts Division at UC Santa Cruz, please join us for a thought-provoking presentation given by Nina Simon as she explores how forward-thinking organizations maintain relevance in a shifting culture.

Nina Simon has been described as a “museum visionary” by Smithsonian Magazine for her audience-centered approach to design. She is the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, and has consulted with hundreds of international museums, libraries, parks, historic sites, art and cultural centers on issues of relevance, community engagement, and participatory design. Nina is the author of The Participatory Museum, The Art of Relevance, and the popular Museum 2.0 blog. Her work has been shared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NPR, and TEDx.

Location: UC Santa Cruz's Historic Cowell Ranch Hay Barn is located at the intersection of Coolidge Drive and Ranch View Road near the main entrance of UCSC. Follow signs for parking.