In this talk, Kelly McKinley, Deputy Director of the Oakland Museum of California, explores the ways in which museums are evolving in order to remain relevant and sustainable community resources in an increasingly divided and technology-driven world. At a time when masterpieces can be easily viewed on smartphones, how do we make the case for the importance of visiting museums, especially when creativity and culture are not placed at the core of society? McKinley draws on specific examples to illustrate how museums are reimagining their roles as educators and convenors, and developing their missions and programmes to be of greater service and value to the people in their communities.

13 December 2019 (Friday)

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Function Rooms, 2/F, Hotel Stage (1 Chi Wo Street, Jordan)

Kelly McKinley, Deputy Director, Oakland Museum of California (OMCA)

English with Cantonese simultaneous interpretation

Free admission. Limited capacity on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register in advance.


Enquiries: / (852) 2200 0374

Adverse Weather Arrangement:
Programme will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is still in force 3 hours before the event starts.

About the Speaker

Kelly McKinley

Kelly McKinley is the Deputy Director of the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), where she oversees collections, conservation, curatorial programmes, interpretation, exhibition design and production, and evaluation and visitor research. Before joining OMCA, she served as Executive Director of Education and Public Programming at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. She has also worked in senior roles at Bruce Mau Design in Toronto and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. She has taught in the Museum Studies graduate programme of the University of Toronto and the Criticism and Curatorial Practice graduate programme of OCAD University. She serves on the board of the American Alliance of Museums and the editorial board of Curator: The Museum Journal.

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