Supporting Documentaries and Dreams at SDCHM

This Saturday, April 19, the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum will host a fundraiser to help support a new documentary by National Geographic Explorer and filmmaker, Ricky Qi. The documentary, titled Under One Roof, highlights the lives of the Moso people, one of the last remaining matriarchal societies in China. And on Saturday, Qi and the film's Executive Producer, Ankur Proseria, will be at SDCHM for an evening of cocktails and clips and Q&A.

Now how cool does that sound?

General admission tickets are $20. But I heard from a secret source that the Museum has only a limited number of tickets remaining. So if you'd like to go, you'll need to hustle. (As usual.)

For more information on Saturday's event, head to the Museum's website.

Image courtesy of Ricky Qi and San Diego Chinese Historical Museum.


A Blogiversary and Why Even Bad Jobs May Be Worthwhile

Time flies.

One year ago today, I hit publish on my very first post. Happy Blogiversary to me! To celebrate, I put together some photos of my favorite blog and museum-related moments from this first year. Moving clockwise starting in the upper lefthand corner: spaghetti at LACMA, the business card wall at Alt Summit NYC, interning with Mingei International Museum, inside the Rain Room at MoMA, the National Air and Space Museum in DC, Liza Lou's Color Field at MCASD, DVF exhibit at the Wilshire Building near to LAMCA, attending an Improv Workshop at the Hammer, James Turrell at LACMA, Isabelle de Borchgrave at Bellevue Arts Museum, enjoying the umbrellas out on the Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park, and exploring FEAST at New's Children's Museum.

I've learned a lot over the past year about blogging and teaching and coding and composting and social media. And boy, do I have a long way to go! Probably the most important lesson, however, I discovered only recently. It was this: This little blog is proof that even not so great (or even bad) jobs may be worthwhile. Because even if a job turns out to be a dead-end, you will learn something during your time there. Now, some of these lessons or skills you glean will be more valuable to you than others. You may learn what to do or what not to do. You may learn that you hate that industry and decide to run in the other direction. But the point is that a meh, bad, or even a very disappointing job could open doors you never thought possible. At least that's what happened to me. And I have this space and all of you because of it.

Let me explain.

About a year and a half ago, we moved to a new city. I tried (and failed) to find a full-time teaching position, so I was forced to pursue another interest and find a different kind of job. Shortly after I started, I was asked to start contributing to the organization's blog. Now, I had been a blog reader for years. (This one was my favorite.) But it never occurred to me that I could write a blog until I started working there. Contributing to that blog soon became one of my favorite parts of my position. That job also enabled me to attend this conference, which helped me to decide that I wanted to intern here. Ultimately, the job wasn't right for me and I moved on. But my enthusiasm for blogging led me to start THE MUSEUM SCOUT. And that decision helped me get to this conference, which introduced me to a wonderful community of blogging folks. Then, frustration about my technological limitations motivated me to sign up to take a class on coding and another on Photoshop. (And another on knife skills, but that's another post.) So basically that one ill-fated job opened up a door that I had never considered before and because of it, I have had a year's worth of interesting (growth) opportunities. And so I am very grateful to that organization, to my boss for taking a chance on me, and to my co-workers for helping me figure everything out.

Of course I also have you, my friends, and my family to thank as well. So thank you thank you thank you thank you. Thank you for your support and encouragement over the past year. I could not and would not do this without you.

The next step for me is up in the air once again. But I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. And I have to remind myself (daily) that sooner or later everything will work itself out. In the meantime, I am enjoying some time in the California sunshine and all of the wonderful arts and cultural opportunities this area has to offer.

One year down, hopefully many more to go.

P.S. Given that this is (mostly) a museum blog, I just have to mention three exhibits closing this week: XTO+J-C at MCASD (a must see), Guitar at the Fleet (go if you're musically inclined), and James Turrell at LACMA (go if you can get a ticket).


Calling All Teachers! Gallery Teaching Marathon Tomorrow

Calling all teachers! Calling all teachers! Tomorrow, Sunday, March 30, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will host a Gallery Teaching Marathon at its downtown campus. This event is FREE and open to the public. 

Now, I know you may be asking yourself why should I care? What does Museum Education have to do with me? 

Well quality, free professional development is rare, rare bird these days. And also, I think you may find it to be more relevant (and fun) than you think. Because from 11:00am until 4:00pm, some of the best, most dynamic art museum educators from across the country will take turns demonstrating techniques, which you can use to develop your students' visual and critical thinking skills. And I don't know about you, but I always like learning new tips and tricks to store in my (teaching) back pocket.

And honestly, what do you have to lose?

For more information on tomorrow's event and a schedule, head here.


Where Will You Go On Slow Art Day?

There are so many things I could talk about this week. There are loads of fun/cool/interesting post-worthy things happening in museums, especially in Southern California. But what I really want to talk about is Slow Art Day.

Indulge me in a little visualization exercise, will you? 

Fast forward almost a month from now. It's Saturday, April 12 and we are spending the day in a museum slowly looking at art. And you know we never do this. Usually, we whiz through museums looking for pieces of interest, things we can photograph, things we wish we could photograph. You know, rush rush rush. Anyway, this museum experience is different because it's Slow Art Day. So we aren't doing our "usual." We are doing opposite. We are spending a very long time looking at just a handful of pieces. We aren't up to our ears in technology. And it feels awesome. 

If this appeals to you, there are over 180 galleries and museums worldwide that have signed up to host events for Slow Art Day this year. You can even find one of these institutions in your area and sign up to participate ahead of time. LACMA, Laguna Art Museum, Lux Art Institute, and MOPA are just a handful of the options here in Southern California. But how fun would it be to go here or here or here?

I like to use events like this as an excuse to check out places I haven't visited before. But tell me, where will you go for Slow Art Day 2014?


Calling All Teachers! Annual Educators' Art Fair at SDMA

Calling all teachers! Calling all teachers!

Do you have plans this Saturday? Not yet? Then I have the event for you.

This Saturday, March 15, The San Diego Museum of Art will host its Annual Educators' Art Fair. From 8:30am until 1:00pm, the Museum will offer docent-led tours, artist demonstrations, and workshops led by local art educators and inspired by the Chinese, Korean, and Japanese works in the Art of East Asia

Now how cool does that sound?

The event costs just $15. For more information or to register, head here.

Image credit: Monster drawing by Teddy, who was inspired by this tutorial.


The Who & The What at La Jolla Playhouse

"The theatre, the theatre, what's happened to the theatre?"
                                                                             - Danny Kaye, White Christmas

Have you been to La Jolla Playhouse lately? I hadn't been in ages. But last weekend my husband and I went to see The Who & The What, a new play from Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Ayad Akhtar. And I must say that Bernard White, who played the father, was fantastic.

This going-to-see-a-play thing was a new for us. I grew up watching musicals and I can probably sing/hum a song from any musical score, but I usually shy away from plays. However, a few weeks ago I came across an offer to check out The Who & The What which was too good to refuse and I jumped at the chance. Then I tricked my husband into going with me and placated him with food trucks and beer. (By the way, I highly recommend the veggie burger from Green Truck, pictured above.)

The Who & The What closes this Sunday, March 9, so if you'd like to see it, now is the time. For more information on upcoming performances at La Jolla Playhouse, head here.

Speaking of shows, The Book of Mormon has arrived in Southern California! It's here now and it's heading here soon. Have you seen it? Will you see it?


DVF Celebrates 40 Years With an Exhibit Near LACMA

In this post, I will share two ways to go see Diane von Furstenberg: Journey of a Dress near Los Angeles County Museum of Art for free.

But first I would like to tell why you should go see this exhibit. In the interest of full disclosure, I must tell you that fashion exhibits are my favorite exhibits. And the majority of my party dresses are DVF. So my review of this exhibit is pretty predictable: It's pretty. It's fun. It's easy. You'll walk away lighter than when you came. And you can't say that about every exhibit you see because some exhibits force you to think a lot. (Sometimes too much!) Going to see this DVF exhibit is like watching a beautiful, romantic comedy. And I mean that as a compliment. (Speaking of beautiful movies, have you seen The American with George Clooney?)

Moving on to the good stuff.

This weekend is the first full weekend of a new month (March! Ack!), which means it's a Museums On Us weekend. If you don't know, Museums on Us is a trademarked promotion by B of A. If you happen to have a B of A or Merrill Lynch card, you can use it to get into over 150 museums nationwide this weekend for free. (LACMA included.) The promotion only includes general admission so it won't grant you access to special exhibits (like James Turrell), but it is still a very nice promotion.

Also, I just noticed on Twitter that LA residents can get free general admission to LACMA on weekdays after 3:00pm! How did I not know about this when I lived in LA?!? But now you know, so you should go and take advantage of it and I will live vicariously through you.

Diane von Furstenberg: Journey of a Dress will be on view through April 1. For more information on this exhibit head here and here.

And speaking of fashion icons, have you heard about the mother/daughter duo behind this blog?