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Exciting News! Marin Community Foundation Day of Community Service Prepares Museum for Grand Reopening!

February 2024 Newsletter

“We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren, and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish, and trees.”

– Qwatsias (Edward Moody)

Greetings Friends and Allies,

As we embark on this exciting month of February, we're delighted to share the latest updates and events at the Museum of the American Indian. One highlight that has significantly enhanced our museum is the recent foundation-sponsored volunteer day, where dedicated individuals from the Marin Community Foundation generously lent their skills that brought positive energy and transformation to our beloved museum.

A Day of Community Spirit

Thank you Marin Community Foundation!

This remarkable day saw enthusiastic volunteers from the Marin Community Foundation who generously contributed their time, energy, and expertise to enhance the beauty and functionality of our museum. The MCF team joined hands to revitalize and prepare the museum for our grand reopening on April 27th.

Transformation in Action: Painting, Gardening, IT and Cleanup

The volunteers rolled up their sleeves and dove into various tasks to ensure the museum looks its absolute best for the grand reopening. The painting crew gave our exhibition spaces a fresh coat, breathing new life into the spaces that will hold captivating displays that showcase the rich history, culture, and current context of the Coast Miwok and Native American Peoples. Simultaneously, the gardening team worked diligently to create a welcoming outdoor environment.

The IT team from the Marin Community Foundation put their expertise to work by assembling and setting up computers, ensuring that our museum is equipped with the latest technology. In addition to setting up computers, the team took on the task of organizing and cleaning up the cables. The result is not only a more aesthetically pleasing environment but also a more efficient and streamlined network with optimized internet connectivity.

Additionally, another group focused on cleanup tasks, ensuring every nook and cranny of the museum was spick and span. From cleaning out and organizing the shed to tending carefully to the stones and shells that had been muddied by the rains. Their hard work has not only made the museum more visually appealing but also created a clean and inviting atmosphere for everyone who walks through our doors.

Counting Down to the Grand Reopening

The Museum of the American Indian is gearing up for an unforgettable grand reopening, thanks to the tremendous support from our community and the dedicated volunteers from the Marin Community Foundation. The revitalized spaces, enhanced exhibits, and improved spaces will provide a captivating experience for all visitors.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Marin Community Foundation for its commitment to community engagement and social responsibility. Their support has played a vital role in ensuring the success of this volunteer day and the continued growth of our museum.

Get Ready for the Celebration!

Mark your calendars for the grand reopening of the Museum of the American Indian on April 27th! Join us in celebrating the culmination of hard work, community spirit, and the vibrant stories of Native America.

We extend our sincerest gratitude to our valued donors and sponsors for their unwavering support of the Museum of the American Indian. Your generosity and commitment have been instrumental in preserving and sharing the rich Native American traditions.

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to welcoming you to our transformed museum soon!

Support Community Access


We need your help to re-open and to continue making learning experiences at the Museum accessible to all! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today to support our efforts!

The Museum of the American Indian recognizes that it sits on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Coast Miwok. The Museum extends its respect and gratitude to the Coast Miwok peoples who have lived here for millennia. They continue to care for and maintain connection to their ancestral homeland.

Dean Hoaglin, MAI Board President, and

Kirk Hylan, MAI Treasurer

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