In January 2010, Sam Downie (Volunteer Producer/Assistant Station manager) took a vacation to San Francisco, USA to visit friends and company’s in Silicon Valley. During his visit, Sam had the opportunity in meeting with the CEO of The Contemporary Jewish Museum in the city. Listen to this exclusive podcast interview about this amazing popular museum in downtown San Francisco.
Listen to SAM DOWNIE talking to CONNIE WOLF, CEO, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco:
The Museum and its Mission
Since its founding in 1984, the Contemporary Jewish Museum has engaged audiences of all ages and backgrounds through dynamic exhibitions and programs that explore contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas.
To find out more about this fascinating museum in San Francisco, visit their website at:
Throughout its history, the Museum has distinguished itself as a welcoming place where visitors can connect with one another through dialogue and shared experiences with the arts.
In 1990, the success of the Museum prompted its leadership to plan for a more expansive facility to meet the growing interests of the local community. The Museum began formally exploring real estate options when the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (1994-1995) invited the Museum to develop the historic Jessie Street Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Power Substation, a 1907 landmark designed by architect Willis Polk.
In 1998, the Museum selected architect Daniel Libeskind to design its new home. Envisioned as a dynamic and welcoming space, the new 63,000-square-foot facility was planned to be a place to experience art, music, film, literature, debate, and — most importantly — other people. Daniel Libeskind’s design for the Museum does not simply house this programmatic vision; it enables and inspires it.