The Hawai`i Museums Association’s Professional Networking Committee strives to bring Hawai`i’s (often disparate) museum professionals together to network, share ideas, and spark conversations. They are responsible for orchestrating our quarterly #Drinkingaboutmuseums events, designed to draw in our community to confabulate over drinks and generally have a great time. The Hawai`i Museums Association believes that together our heritage organizations are stronger, and so we welcome you to join us for our next gathering! The best way of keeping on top of our growing number of social events is to follow us on FaceBook here. If you are interested in creating a #Drinkingaboutmuseums event on an outer island, we’d love to help! Please contact Nicholas Griffith for more information: nicholasg[at]hawaiimuseums.org. In the meantime, meet our committee!
In addition to pursuing her master’s degree in Museum Studies, Patricia Floyd serves as Volunteer and Human Resources Coordinator at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. She sees museums as a vital part of our local community, and feels sincerely honored to work in such a unique place. Where else can you walk through a native garden, visit Duke Kahanamoku’s surfboard and view a lava pour on your lunch break? Patricia is currently focused on connecting Emerging Museum Professionals in Hawai’i through a regular networking group.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kim Hutchison graduated from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa with degrees in art history and english literature. She has had a vested interest in art and museums since high school, and has studied and worked in Sao Paulo, Paris, and Florence. She started as a volunteer with the Honolulu Museum of Art before being hired for her current position in volunteer and visitor services, where she has been now for three years. She lives in Kaimuki with her dachshund, Jack.
Lauren Oh is the Donor Database Manager at the Honolulu Museum of Art, where she supervises, analyzes and maintains the donor database program. She graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, with a bachelors degree in Art History in 2010. After graduation, she decided to move to sunny Hawaii rather than stay in New York City. Before working as the Donor Database Manager, she held the Data Entry position and before that, got her foot in the door by working part-time as a Theatre Attendant for the museum’s theatre. She was recently accepted into the Master of Arts in Museum Studies program within the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Advanced Academic Programs.
Scott Whelden is the social media associate at the Honolulu Museum of Art. He received degrees in international business and management from the University of Hawai`i, where as an undergrad, he spent years studying language in both Japan and Korea. He now speaks both Japanese and Korean fluently. Scott manages the Honolulu Museum of Art’s official Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, tumblr, Periscope, and Snapchat accounts. In addition to managing and generating content for these platforms, he also manages the museum’s weekly enewsletter, regularly contributes to the Honolulu Museum of Art blog, writes press releases for special events, and is head of public relations for the Doris Duke Theatre.