SOURCE: The Mexican Museum

The Mexican Museum

August 22, 2013 13:02 ET

The Mexican Museum Introduces New International Advisory Board

Leaders in Education, Government and Business Show Their Support for Museum Relocation and Expansion

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 22, 2013) - The Mexican Museum, the premier West Coast museum of Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano, Latin American, and Latino art, culture and heritage, announces its new International Advisory Board. The board, which currently includes 37 professional educators, government officials, business owners, and organization leaders found across the United States and Mexico, will provide guidance and support to The Mexican Museum as it plans for the design and construction of its new home. Being developed in partnership with Millennium Partners, The Mexican Museum will occupy the first four floors of the mixed-use project at 706 Mission Street in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens Arts District.

"Following the successful establishment of our Arts & Letters Council, as well as building approval by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, I am tremendously pleased to have so many other important individuals express their support by joining our International Advisory Board," said Andy Kluger, chairman of The Mexican Museum Board of Trustees. "We will be seeking their input as we develop plans for the new building, special exhibitions and permanent collection galleries, and museum activities for all Bay Area residents."

As of August 22, 2013, The Mexican Museum's new International Advisory Board includes:

Hon. Tom Ammiano, San Francisco Assemblyman, District 17

Rosario Anaya, Executive Director, Mission Language and Vocational School, San Francisco, CA

Hon. John Avalos, San Francisco Supervisor, District 11

Sara Bolaño Gonzalez, Advisor, Department of Cultural Affairs, México City, Mexico

Rena Bransten, Owner, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Hon. Willie L. Brown, Jr., Former Mayor of San Francisco

Elizabeth Burstein, Mexican mask collector, San Francisco, CA

John L. Burton, Chairman, California Democratic Party

Hon. David Campos, San Francisco Supervisor, District 9

Bea Carrillo Hocker, San Francisco Bay Area Museum Education Consultant

Susan Cervantes, Founding Executive Director, Precita Eyes Muralists, San Francisco, CA

Petra de Jesus, San Francisco Police Commissioner

Mario P. Diaz, Vice President, Wells Fargo Foundation, San Francisco Bay Area

Deborah Dorotinsky Alperstein, Ph.D., Chair of Art History Graduate Program, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico

Lariza Dugan-Cuadra, Executive Director, CARECEN, San Francisco, CA

Maria Echaveste, Policy and Program Development Director, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Georgiana Hernandez, Executive Director, Acción Latina, San Francisco, CA

Theron Kabrich, Co-Founder and creative director, San Francisco Art Exchange

Karen Kienzle, Director, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

Don Marcos, Executive Director, San Francisco Filipino Cultural Center

Lucy Medina Rivera, Architect, Former Councilwoman and Mayor of State of Mexico

Eduardo Morales, Ph.D., Executive Director, AGUILAS, San Francisco, CA

Robert J. Nava, Vice President of University Advancement, San Francisco State University

Stacie Powers-Cuellar, Executive Director, Brava Theater Center, San Francisco, CA

Hon. Cruz Reynoso, Retired Associate Justice, Supreme Court of California, Professor of Law Emeritus, University of California, Davis

Jennie Emire Rodriguez, Executive Director, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco, CA

Lupe Rodriguez Kindel, Philanthropist, Los Angeles, CA

Haydee Rodriguez Pastor, Founder, VIDA USA, San Francisco, CA and Lima, Peru

Sam Ruiz, Executive Director, Mission Neighborhood Centers, San Francisco, CA

Helen L. Sause, Former Deputy Executive Director, Program and Project Management at San Francisco Redevelopment Agency

Edward Sullivan, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor in the History of Art, Institute of Fine Arts and College of Arts and Sciences, New York University, New York City, New York

Olga Talamante, Executive Director, Chicana/Latina Foundation, San Francisco Bay Area

Carlos Tortolero, President and CEO, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

John Trasviña, Dean, University of San Francisco School of Law

Alejandro Vallejo, Director & Lead Counsel, Gas Operations, PG&E, San Francisco, CA

Mark Van Stone, Ph.D., G.F., Maya Expert, Professor of Art History, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA

Linda Waterfield, Museum Registrar and Collections Internship Advisor, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Berkeley, CA

"The groundswell of support from local, national and international leadership has been very encouraging," said Nora E. Wagner, vice-chair of The Mexican Museum Board of Trustees. "Moving forward, the input from our International Advisory Board will help fuel the museum's public education and community outreach programs. This, in turn, will help satisfy our goal of communicating the value of our exhibitions and cultural programs for people of every age and ethnic group while enhancing the importance of the Latino and Chicano identity in the San Francisco Bay Area."

The Mexican Museum, which is the only San Francisco museum to be named an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, continues to receive strong public support through its ¡Adelante! fundraising program. People are encouraged to support The Mexican Museum by becoming members or by upgrading their current membership levels to the new Builder's Society level, which enables individuals, businesses and organizations to support the museum for $1 a day.

About The Mexican Museum: Founded by San Francisco artist Peter Rodriguez in 1975 in the heart of the Mission District, The Mexican Museum is located at Fort Mason Center, is the realization of a vision to exhibit the aesthetic expression of the Mexican and Mexican American people. Today, the museum's vision has expanded to reflect the evolving scope of the Mexican, Chicano and Latino experience -- including art, culture, history and heritage. In 2012, The Mexican Museum became an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the nation's largest museum network. The museum currently has a permanent collection of more than 14,000 objects reflecting Pre-Hispanic, Colonial, Popular, Modern and Contemporary Mexican, Mexican-American, Latin American, Latino, and Chicano art. For more information, please visit:  or call (415) 202-9700.

The Mexican Museum is open Wednesday - Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., located at Fort Mason Center, Building D, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, in San Francisco. FREE Admission. The Museum offers a wide variety of programs, including Family Sundays, exhibitions, special events, lectures and public programming throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Spanish classes for all levels are currently being offered for children and adults. For current class schedules and registration information go to 

The Museum is currently preparing for the completion of its permanent home, which will be built in downtown San Francisco's Yerba Buena Garden Arts District and is expected to open in 2018. 

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