Agua Caliente Cultural Museum Appoints Gardenia Cunningham to board of Directors
The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum announces the appointment of Gardenia Cunningham to its Board of Directors. Cunningham, who has served on the Tribal Gaming Commission and the Tribal Building Commission of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, is a M•A•C Cosmetics consultant at The River in Rancho Mirage. Cunningham is an enrolled member of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.
“I joined the Museum’s Board because I want to help build something for my people, something that’s new,” said Cunningham. As the mother of three, “I’m particularly interested in education; and I see the Museum as a vehicle for building learning opportunities for the entire community. My grandmother, Priscilla Patencio Gonzales, was always involved in and particularly supportive of the Museum. It’s just a natural that I also wanted to be part of.”
Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit institution, inspires people to learn about the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and other Native cultures. It keeps the Native spirit alive through exhibitions, collections, research, and educational programs. The Smithsonian Institution has designated the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum a member of the prestigious Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program, in recognition of the Museum’s role as a regional and national resource. This status provides access to the rich resources of
Smithsonian educational programs and technical expertise, and entitles the Museum to bring world-acclaimed Smithsonian exhibitions to the Coachella Valley.