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Vincent Price Art Museum

1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez

Monterey Park, CA 91754

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2019 MESC Annual Institute

Racial Equity and Museums: Creating Structures of Sustained Support for People of Color

***SOLD OUT****

****Unfortunately we are sold out and tickets will not be sold at the door****

The Annual Institute is MESC’s largest annual professional development event. This year, we invite educators and museum professionals from all backgrounds and career levels to examine the spaces we create within the field as we dialogue on how to create additional opportunities and structures of sustained support for people of color. Over the course of the half-day program, we will hear from distinguished speakers, work in small groups to imagine new practices, and make connections within the SoCal museum community. Morning snacks and pastries will be provided.

Registration required. $20 for MESC members, $35 for non-members, and scholarships available (see FAQs for more information).

About the Annual Institute

The program will begin promptly at 9:00AM. Please plan to arrive early to check-in before this time. Check-in and onsite registration open at 8:30AM.

This year’s Annual Institute will feature:

Panel Conversation with Q&A

Leaders in the museum field will discuss the current state of racial equity in the field and how they are working to advance it in their practice. This program is a continuation of last year's Annual Institute where we discussed Race, Ethnicity, and Cultural Hegemony in Museum Education. As inequity persists, so will the conversation and the action to disrupt it.

2019 MESC Annual Institute Speakers

Tyree Boyd-Pates, Curator of History at California African American Museum

Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Director at Vincent Price Art Museum

Kai Monet, Education Program Manager at Museum of Contemporary Art

Networking Opportunities

Connect with fellow educators and museum leaders between sessions while enjoying complimentary refreshments and exploring the The Vincent Price Art Museum galleries

Current VPAM exhibitions on view until July 20th:

York Chang: The Signal and The Noise

Edgar Fabián Frías; Perpetual Flowering

Breakout Sessions

Discuss key issues that arose during the panel and learn about what other educators in the area are doing to continue this work. Conversations facilitated by discussion leaders.

Wrap up

Contribute to MESC’s forthcoming Cultural Equity Statement and hear about next steps from MESC’s Cultural Equity Statement Committee.


Following the program, you’re invited to join the MESC Board for a no-host network lunch. Please email mescbiz@gmail.com to add your name to the list by June 21st if you wish to attend.



Am I a MESC member already? How do I find out?

Please email mescbiz@gmail.com to inquire about your current membership status.

How do I purchase a MESC membership?

You may purchase a new membership or renew here.

Do you offer scholarships to attend the event?

Yes! We want anyone who wishes to attend the MESC Annual Institute to be present. If paying a fee to attend the conference is too great of a financial burden, please email us at mescbiz@gmail.com for information on our scholarship program and volunteer opportunities.

How do I purchase multiple tickets in the same transaction?

Email mescbiz@gmail.com for more information.

What are my transportation/parking options nearby?

Although parking at the Vincent Price Art Museum is $2 exact cash, MESC participants will be able to park for free.

Where do I park? Where do we meet?

VPAM is located directly on the corner of Avenida Cesar Chavez and Collegian Avenue. Please park in Parking Structure 4 (see campus map and this image for reference).

Can I sign up for the program the day of the event?

No, unfortunately we are sold out and will no longer be selling tickets at the door.

What kind of access services are available?

Assisted-listening devices or translation services are available for use by advanced request. Please email mescbiz@gmail.com with any needs by June 21st.

May I visit the Vincent Price Art Museum before or after the program?

Free general admission will be given to all MESC attendees. The galleries are open from 12-5pm. There will also be time during the program to visit the exhibitions.

How do I contact you if I have a question?

Please email mescbiz@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you!


This program is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

MESC is proud to present this program with generous support from the Vincent Price Art Museum.

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