Director's Message

Lori Fogarty, Director & CEO. Oakland Museum of California. Photo: Terry Lorant

Greetings for 2014!

We launch the new year at the Oakland Museum of California with a sense of excitement and renewal. We recently completed our strategic plan, “Inspiring California’s Future,” which provides a roadmap for the Museum’s growth and development over the next five years.  Much more than an operational blue print, the plan is a call to action for the Museum’s role in inspiring a more vibrant future for California and our local communities. While our exhibitions, collections, and programs explore California’s heritage and the connection between the state’s natural environment, cultural history and the artistic expression, these efforts are in the service of inspiring our future stewards, citizens, innovators and creators – a purpose that gives our work meaning each and every day.

Fulfilling this mission, however, can only be done in partnership with a network of individuals and organizations that are also dedicated to the health and vibrancy of this community. Thanks to a current “Exploring Engagement” grant from the James Irvine Foundation – and a just-announced Irvine grant beginning this year through its “New California Arts Fund” program – OMCA is extending beyond our own walls to work with key partners in neighborhoods throughout Oakland. We are deeply grateful to our partners – the Eastside Arts Alliance, the YMCA of the East Bay and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center – for joining with us in fueling the creativity of Oakland families. You can learn more about our connections with these vital resources and join us in celebrating our OMCA Connects initiative with the unveiling of the “We Dream in Art” mural project on February 28. The unveiling will take place as part of our Friday Nights @ OMCA program which we’re delighted will continue throughout 2014.
We are also ringing in the new year with some of our most beloved events, from our annual Lunar New Year Celebration to the White Elephant Sale preview in January and public sale in March. In addition, we’re looking forward to this year’s Leader Lunch, welcoming the new UC President, Janet Napolitano, who will share her vision of public education in California and how cultural institutions, such as OMCA, can support learning throughout the state.  
We thank you for supporting OMCA’s future and we wish you an inspiring 2014!
Lori Fogarty
Director & CEO