In Margaret Kadoyama’s vision, cultural organizations are vital members of their communities and are actively involved in community revitalization. Margaret works collaboratively with museums and cultural organizations to create strategic community involvement and audience development plans, assess programs, and plan for sustainability. Her thirty-five years in the museum profession embrace extensive experience in community involvement, audience development, and education programming.
Margaret works with organizations that are interested in more extensive and deeper relationships with their communities. When museums are deeply engaged with their communities, community members support and embrace museums as their own.
As an example, the Sing Me Your Story Community Connections Project for Exhibit Envoy provided professional development and consultation services to sixteen small museums that hosted the traveling exhibition Sing Me Your Story, Dance Me Home: Art & Poetry from Native California. Margaret served as the Community Project Consultant, and staff members from each host museum learned core community engagement strategies. Assessing the impact of the project on the museums indicated that every host museum developed and deepened connections with their local Native communities.
Margaret opened her consulting practice in 1996, and has worked with organizations as diverse as the Aquarium of the Bay, Oakland Museum of California, National Japanese American Historical Society, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, and the Crocker Art Museum. Since 1997, she has taught Museums and Communities in the graduate department of museum studies at John F. Kennedy University. Before she opened her consulting practice, Margaret held positions as director at the Museum of Oriental Cultures in Corpus Christi, Texas; new audience developer at the California Academy of Sciences; educator at the Art Museum of South Texas; and associate curator at the Navajo Tribal Museum in Window Rock, Arizona. She has authored articles in professional journals, including Museums & Social Issues and Current Trends in Audience Research and Evaluation, chaired sessions at national and regional museum conferences, and served as program chair for national and regional museum educator groups.