Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Women's History Reclamation Project Inc. (dba Women's History Museum and Educational Center)

  • San Diego, CA
  • www.Womensmuseumca.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire and educate present and future generations about the experiences and contributions of women by collecting, preserving and interpreting the evidence of that experience.

Main Programs

  1. Educational Progamming
  2. Community Events
  3. Community Educational Outreach
  4. Research Archives and Library
  5. Permanent and Temporary Museum Exhibits

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Service Areas

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California

The museum serves the entire County of San Diego with our headquarters located at the NCT Promenade at Liberty Station in the city of San Diego, 92106. We outreach throughout the county with exhibits at city and county libraries, schools and community-based organizations.

ruling year

1984

Principal Officer since 2007

Self-reported

Ashley Gardner

Keywords

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museum, women's museum, women's center, feminist library, Women's Hall of Fame, Suffrage, Right to vote, Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Festival, Suffrage Parade, the Muse, History Museum, Reclamation Project, feminism, women's work, women's issues,

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Also Known As

Women's Museum of California

EIN

95-3893212

 Number

8074903036

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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PAST YEAR ACCOMPLISHMENTS1. Increased our annual visitor attendance from 1200 to 12,000.2. Established public awareness of the museum as a vital part of NTC Liberty Station Arts and Culture Zone through increased educational programming, additions to library and archival collection and enhanced focus on reaching wider, and more diverse communities.3. Partnered with 65 community organizations in the exploration of women's history, issues and accomplishments.4. Produced a record number of original and creative exhibits in the Gallery Space and a record number of community programming events. 5. Invited and managed 95 student volunteer interns from high schools, colleges and iniversitites offering project based learning within a museum environment.CURRENT YEAR GOALS:1. Establish a strategy to increase financial sustainability for long term financial health2. Build capacity by increasing staff positions to support increased demand both in programming and operations.3. Preserve, protect and develop the Museum's library and archival collections by continued cataloging, management and organization of the museum collection.4. Establish the museum as the regional repository and resource for programming and education about the history of women in San Diego and California through community outreach in the region and state.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Educational Progamming

In 2013, we fulfilled our vision to flourish as a genuine women's educational center as well as an outstanding museum. Throughout the year, our space buzzed with visitors, arriving to attend a meeting, event, tour, concert, or the current exhibit. Not shy about controversy, we sponsored workshops on sexual harassment, human trafficking, sexual assaults in the military, and other intense subjects. Many of these events and meetings were co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women, National Council of Negro Women, League of Women Voters, Older Women's League, Soroptimists, National Council of Jewish Women, etc. Poetry and writing workshops; Circles of Conversation; performance and creative art classes are some of the formats of our educational programming which to appeal to a broad audience. Since moving to Liberty Station, our annual attendance jumped from 1,200 to 12,000. We strive to make our educational programming reflective of issues of concern to today's women.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

$15,000.00

Program 2

Community Events

Our main community event is the annual production of the San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner, now in its 13th year in partnership with the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women, SDSU and UCSD's Women's Center. Each year 5 local women are selected for induction into the Hall of Fame in recognition of her life's work and contributions to the community of San Diego. The Induction Ceremony is held in the community and attended by a wide and diverse audience including many school students who assist in production of the event. The event pays for itself through sponsors and sales of dinner tickets. In addition, we produce the annual Suffrage Parade in Balboa Park as a way to acknowledge Women's Suffrage Day each August. Public concerts which promote and support women artists draw between 500 and 1000 visitors. We participate with other museums in Dia de los Museos bringing arts and cultural education to under-served parts of our community.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$40,000.00

Program 3

Community Educational Outreach

We offer two traveling exhibits to the community: "Women Who Dare", 11 pillars highlighting the lives of 22 women from the Americas from 1600 to the present who made contributions to their community despite societal pressures upon their gender and "A Moral Earthquake" an eight panel exhibit illustrating the role San Diego women played in winning the vote for women in California. These exhibits are installed in city and school libraries for 2 to 4 accompanied by written material in both English and Spanish. We also offer academic speakers to present to students at no charge to the school.Part of our historic clothing collection includes replicas of fashions from 1600 to 1970. We offer to the community an hour clothing presentation which describes the social impact of women's clothing and what the fashion tells us about women's lives of the time. The program utilizes student volunteer as models who experience working with the public and understanding how history can be interpreted.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 4

Research Archives and Library

Our library of over 5000 books is a unique collection of books, journals and magazines which focus entirely on the history and experience of women's work, lives and experiences in America. It includes rare books as well as a contemporary selection written by, for and about women. The library is available to members for reading and research and is a prime resource in much of our programming. We have utilized the library for curriculum for many student projects. The titles of our current collection is available on-line to the public through our website. We are able to fulfill requests for information from researchers and students both locally and beyond San Diego. In addition, our archive collection which was begun in 1983 is a rich, broad and deep resource both both exhibit material and research demands. Students often have the opportunity to work in the archives both in assessment and in cataloging.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Adults

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 5

Permanent and Temporary Museum Exhibits

With our exhibition space now three times as large as our previous location, we have been striving to balance the installation of both permanent exhibits and temporary exhibits which change every 2 to three months. Our current permanent exhibits include: Origins of the Women's Museum 1983 to 2012; The March Toward Empowerment: the US Suffrage Movement; Women Trailblazers of California; and the San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Interactive Exhibit. Next we will install the Second Wave of Feminism: 1969 to 1979 as a permanent part of the exhibition space. This allows us to mount 6 rotating exhibitions in the Gallery every year. Our immediate past exhibits included: a juried art show "Capturing the Wonder of Women"; "Women of the Issei Generation: 1942; a one woman Show "Francine Filsinger"; "Wonder Woman: On paper and off"; "Viva el Mariachi Feminil - 1903 - 2013"; "The Guts Behind the Glamour: 1920 - 1930. In 2014, the Women Artists of the West annual exhibition and paint off.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$15,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

The museum serves the entire County of San Diego with our headquarters located at the NCT Promenade at Liberty Station in the city of San Diego, 92106. We outreach throughout the county with exhibits at city and county libraries, schools and community-based organizations.

Funding Needs

1. Additional operating funds to hire staff in the following areas: Educational Programming Coordinator; Operations Manager; Volunteer Coordinator and Marketing and Development Director and to increase hours for Collection Manager from one day a week to three days. Approximate annual cost: $125,000 - $150,000 2) Develop additional Board Members with expertise in the following areas: legal, business operations and management, public relations and marketing and to increase fund raising skills of the entire Board. Cost of materials: $2500 3. Raise enough funds to purchase a comprehensive digital database of our library and archival materials allowing for more comprehensive understanding and utilization of our collection. $3500 4. Raise monies to complete capital improvements which include permanent exterior signage ($7000) Additional Gallery walls ($6000) Portable stage units ($1500) Energy Efficient Gallery and Store Lighting ($5000)

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

American Association of Museums - Member

National Organization of Women (NOW)

United Way Member Agency

World Affairs Councils of America - Member

Soroptimist International

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Women's History Reclamation Project Inc. (dba Women's History Museum and Educational Center)

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ashley Gardner

BIO

Born in England and raised on the shores of Lake Ontario, Canada, Ms. Gardner has been involved in the San Diego community since 1975 when she began her broadcast career as morning news anchor at KOWN-AM radio station in Escondido. Trained and educated in California in radio and television production Ashley is best known for her work in television at NBC Channel 39 as host of their popular Saturday night entertainment show ""Weekend Magazine"" and as part of the popular, early morning radio team with ""Jeff and Jer"", at one time, San Diego's most successful morning radio show. 1986 Ms. Gardner founded a video, film and multi-media production company, known as Downtown Productions which she operated until 2002. As well, she co-founded and still operates a not-for-profit company, Earth Visions, to produce documentaries examining the social and environmental issues of her community. Much of her work can be seen on San Diego County Cable Television and the educational channels.Her volunteerism in the community includes the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women Board Member for 11 years; Board Member of the Liaison League assisting women to re-enter society upon release from Las Colinas Women's Jail; Board Member, Camp Minnow Lake, providing nurturing experiences in nature for low-income and at-risk families; Global Energy Network Institute working on renewable energy strategies; Polinsky Children's Center; County Foster Youth Mentor Program; and the San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame.Having sold her production company in 2002, Ms Gardner is committed to managing and building the Women's Museum of California now located in NTC Liberty Station. She has served on the Board of the museum since 2002 and became the Director in September of 2007. She brings her skills of small business management, marketing and public relations, visual production and public speaking to the job of operating and growing the Women's Museum.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Women's Museum of California is unique in many ways. Surviving beyond the death of the founder in 1998 is one. Many small grassroots organizations pass on when the founder, who is the driver, dies. This museum survived because many women, especially women from the Women's Studies Department at San Diego State, felt it was important and kept it alive. Now our support comes from a very broad base of women and men. We are a special organization and one of only a handful in the entire country."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Anne Hoiberg

Retired

Term: June 2009 - Dec 2013

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