Art, Exhibits

CauseConnect has organized and/or managed more than 100 museum exhibitions since 1993. For the Los Angeles Public Library, Melissa Richardson Banks changed how exhibitions were produced and presented in the Getty Gallery and First Floor Galleries of the Central Library — increasing library visitation and transforming what were formerly chance encounters by library patrons into purposeful visits by gallery visitors. There, she managed project teams for nearly 40 major shows over four years and provided necessary services for each exhibition such as fundraising, corporate sponsorship, marketing, community outreach, special events, public programs, volunteer recruitment, contract negotiation, and/or budget management. CauseConnect raised nearly $1 million, managed extensive community outreach, and handled marketing and production for “American Originals: Treasures from the National Archives,” which broke national attendance records for the exhibition during its multi-year tour and for its special 48-hour viewing in Los Angeles of the Emancipation Proclamation. Independently, she led a community project team to produce a museum exhibition about David Alfaro Siqueiros and his censored murals in Los Angeles.