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The San Diego Museum of Man

Ben Garcia, MS

The San Diego Museum of Man is San Diego's oldest museum, founded in 1916 at the close of the 1915 exposition. Housing collections from around the world, numbering in the hundreds of thousands of artifacts, the Museum has set a new course for the future. Two years ago it re-opened the California Tower to visitors, and planning is underway for further capital projects. Revamped exhibits, educational and collecting strategies, and a new mission make this a time of change at the Museum. This lecture will explore the remarkable turnaround that has resulted in a 60-percent increase in visitors over the past six years, and will present the museum's plans for the future. Tours of the tower and collections will be offered on Saturday, October 14, as part of this Osher class.

Instructor: Ben Garcia, Deputy Director of the Museum of Man, received a BA in Art History at the University of Massachusetts, and an MS Ed in Educational Leadership in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education. Garcia worked for 16 years in various roles as an art educator, museum educator, exhibit developer, and administrator at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Skirball Cultural Center, and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkley. In 2010 he was named Pacific Region Museum Educator of the Year.

Coordinator: Carol Roberts

Course Number: OSHR-70069   Credit: 0 units

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