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Community History, But Make it Global WNP Event

Mar 16, 2023 6:00pm-8:30pm (Thursday) at The Global Museum 1600 Holloway, Fine Arts Building, Room 203

Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) and the San Francisco State University Museum Studies Program invite you to a special event at The Global Museum at SF State. Join us on March 16 for an evening all about the power, purpose, and process of community involvement in the work of our respective organizations. Plus, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to see the Museum’s exhibition after-hours and have unique access to artifacts not normally on view.

The Global Museum highlights the power of diverse communities in a globally-connected world. WNP shares the extraordinary stories of the ordinary San Franciscans that make our west side community so vibrant. Our shared focus on community voices means that we go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Event Schedule

6:00pm-7:00pm: light refreshments and mingling; guests are invited to chat with Museum Studies students and faculty while browsing the current exhibit, "Textures of Remembrance: Vietnamese Artists and Writers Reflect on the Vietnamese Diaspora."

7:00pm - 8:00pm: WNP Executive Director Nicole Meldahl in casual conversation with students Russell Nauman and Emma Gunst, and Christine Fogarty, Associate Director of The Global Museum. Together, they’ll chat about the importance of community involvement in collections care and curation, and how that approach is essential to both organizations. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and be part of the conversation.

8:00pm - 8:30pm: last chance to browse the exhibition and mingle.


Please register through Eventbrite. This event is limited to 50 people. Tickets are free for SFSU students and faculty who have the special promo code; $10 for WNP members; and $20 for non-members (but extra donations are always welcome). Proceeds from this event will evenly support both The Global Museum and WNP.

Pandemic-appropriate masks are recommended but not required. Doors open at 6:00pm and the main program will begin at 7:00pm.

This event will be held at The Global Museum, which is located on the San Francisco State University campus, in the Fine Arts Building, Room 203. Room 203 is just inside the main entrance to the Fine Arts building, up the 2nd floor outdoor ramp. See the Eventbrite listing for a map and more info on transit and parking.

About Our Partners

The Museum Studies Program at San Francisco State offers a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies and an undergraduate Minor. Through their classes in the program, students work together in the Global Museum as colleagues, developing exhibits and educational programs, caring for collections, and taking part in all daily operations of the museum.

The Global Museum acts as a teaching lab for the SF State Museum Studies Program, and also stewards several thousand permanent collections on behalf of the University, serving as a resource for the campus community and beyond.

Panelist Bios

Emma Gunst is a 2nd-year M.A. graduate student in the Museum Studies program, as well as a Curiosity Collaborator at the Museum of Science and Curiosity in Sacramento. Emma recently developed a field trip program for K-6 audiences using objects from the ancient Egyptian collections at the Global Museum that included exploring hieroglyph translations.

Russell Nauman is a 2nd-year M.A. graduate student in the Museum Studies program, as well as the Senior Manager of Operations and Exhibits at the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. Russell served as Curator in Spring 2022’s Exhibition Development class, collaborating with peers to create "Show & Tell: Ordinary Objects, Revealing Stories." This exhibit explored the hidden stories behind ordinary objects that were selected and installed by students in the class, provoking audiences to find meaning in the world around us. Russell is developing a capstone project with the USS Hornet Museum that explores Asian Americans in the military. His exhibit "Other Worlds: The Art of Storytelling" is currently on display in the Global Lab at the Global Museum.

Christine (Abadilla) Fogarty is the Associate Director of the Global Museum and a Faculty Lecturer in the Museum Studies program. Christine developed an original exhibit for the Global Museum between 2020 and 2022, entitled "Clearly Polluted: The Fight for Environmental Justice in the Bay Area." It investigates environmental racism and its ongoing, disproportionate impact on BIPOC communities through photographs and oral history recordings with local activists and advocates conducted between February-April 2021. Most recently, Christine facilitated the Global Museum’s current exhibit "Textures of Remembrance: Vietnamese Artists and Writers Reflect on the Vietnamese Diaspora" in collaboration with SF State student group Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN).

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