Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

Real Places 2019: Deep Dive into OFBYFOR ALL

Breakout 3E

Day/Time: Thursday, January 17, 2:15–3:30 p.m.
Location: Capitol Salon FGH, 3rd Floor
Speakers: Nina Simon, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

In this interactive session, we’ll dive into the nuts and bolts of becoming OFBYFOR ALL, a framework organizations can use to become OF, BY, and FOR their communities. We’ll discuss how to define communities of interest. We’ll unpack the opportunities and challenges involved in changing to become more representative OF them, more co-created BY them, and more welcoming FOR them. We’ll share some of the most pernicious obstacles to doing this work well, and we’ll tackle your toughest questions about how to make inclusive change at your institution. You will leave with a clearer sense of who you want to involve and how to do so. We will also provide you with resources to tap into the community of professionals striving to build OFBYFOR ALL organizations across the world.


Nina Simon has been called a “museum visionary” by Smithsonian Magazine, a Silicon Valley Business Journal “40 under 40,” and Santa Cruz County Woman of the Year for her innovative community leadership. She is executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, where she led an institutional turnaround based on grassroots participation. Currently, she is leading the development of OFBYFOR ALL, a global initiative to increase community relevance and financial sustainability. Simon is the bestselling author of The Participatory Museum, The Art of Relevance, and the popular Museum 2.0 blog. She previously worked as an independent consultant and exhibition designer with over 100 museums and cultural centers across the world.