New WMC Director: Meet Felicia Shaw

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In January, I joined the Women’s Museum of California as Interim Executive Director.

As a seasoned veteran of the nonprofit arts and culture community, I was happy to help lead this nearly 40-year old institution toward its next chapter of growth. I was hired to devise a plan that would strengthen the Museum’s ability to memorialize the accomplishments of remarkable and inspirational women.

While our facility has been temporarily closed since mid-March, our ”virtual doors” remain open. Through our growing digital resources, such as online exhibits, virtual programs, and more, we are undeterred –  extending our mission beyond our building and engaging directly with more audiences than ever, in the comfort of their homes.

It is this unshakeable ability to overcome obstacles, adapt, and reinvent ourselves that first attracted me to the Museum. It is also why I said “yes” when offered the opportunity to continue my work with the Museum as its full-time and permanent executive director, starting this month. 

Under my leadership and with the support of an incredibly hardworking board of directors, staff, and volunteers, we are reaching out to more people with the compelling and complex stories of diverse history-making women. To meet the challenges of the times, we are developing new and innovative ways to present an inclusive account of the accomplishments of women that has too often been ignored, distorted, or forgotten. 

This is why it is the perfect time to become a Member of the Women’s Museum of California if you haven’t already and support our “WMC on the Move” campaign. 

If you are already a member, thank you for your support!

Since the Museum’s early beginnings as the Women’s History Reclamation Project, we have never stood still. From the living room where WMC founder Mary Maschal, first displayed her collection of women-focused artifacts, to our first public space in Golden Hill, to our present home in Arts District Liberty Station, our Museum has always sought new ground. Each move has enabled us to grow bigger and better as a cultural hub for women in our region. 

Your membership donation of $40 or more will help expand our reach and relocate more than 20,000 historic artifacts in our collection to the San Diego History Center (SDHC) in Balboa Park. 

While we will retain our Gallery and Museum Store at Art District Liberty Station, the move to Balboa Park will help us cost-share an administrative office at the  SDHC and gain more space to store and grow our archives. 

Become a Member and you will benefit by receiving greater opportunities to engage with the Museum’s work at two exciting and accessible cultural destinations – Arts District Liberty Station in Point Loma and the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park. 

Your Membership also supports your favorite WMC programs

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With so many new experiences on the horizon, there is no better time to recommit to the Museum as a Member or join us for the first time.

Become a Member of the Women’s Museum of California for as little as $40 and help transform the way people understand and appreciate the contributions of women to our community’s history, culture, and values.

Your generous contribution matters. 

Stay tuned for more updates on our “WMC on the Move” campaign as we look to the future and the day when we can reopen our doors to the community at two sites: Arts District Liberty Station and Balboa Park.

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