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Boston Event: Drinking About Museums at the Well-B Innovation Center

If you don’t yet have Galentine’s Day plans (or Palentine’s Day, gender aside), the Drinking About Museums: Boston group will gather at the Well-B Innovation Center for a tour of their exhibit space and then go for dinner and drinks this Thursday, February 13.

What: Well-B Innovation Center D(rinking) A(bout) M(useums) at the Prudential Center

Where: 800 Boylston Street, Prudential Center, Back Bay Arcade

When: Thursday, February 13, 6-9 p.m. (tour begins at 6; dinner/drinks at 7)

The Well-B Innovation Center in the Pru is a series of rotating exhibits about the future of healthcare. Lots of interesting questions to explore here like, what does a museum funded by a business with a social agenda look like? What does a museum that doesn’t have the same budgetary restrictions as an institution look like?

You can find more information on the event’s Facebook page.

Jobs Round-Up

Here are the museum jobs posted within the last two weeks. Happy hunting!

Northeast

Director of Education / New Art Center in Newton (Newton, MA)
Digital Communications Coordinator / MIT Museum (Cambridge, MA)
Chief Preparator / Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA)
Exhibition Designer / Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA)
Education Program Manager / The Umbrella Arts Center (Concord, MA)
Manager of Museum Security & Visitor Experience / Davis Museum at Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)
Development Manager / Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton, MA)
Marketing/Communications Assistant / Berkshire Botanical Garden (Stockbridge, MA)
Senior Accountant / Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA)
Senior Grants Manager / Historic New England (Boston, MA)
Museum Technology Specialist / Historic New England (Boston, MA)
Public Space Enhancement Specialist / City of Chelsea/Chelsea Prospers (Chelsea, MA)
Director of Visitor Services and Operations / Discovery Museum (Acton, MA)
Manager of Learning Experiences / Discovery Museum (Acton, MA)
da Vinci Workshop Educator / Discovery Museum (Acton, MA)
Development Coordinator / Mosesian Center for the Arts (Watertown, MA)
Customer Success Associate / Cuseum (Boston, MA)
Museum Partnerships Growth Associate / Cuseum (Boston, MA)
Part-Time Outreach Associate / Cuseum (Boston, MA)
Programming and Communications Coordinator / Armenian Museum of America (Watertown, MA)
School Programs Museum Educator / Concord Museum (Concord, MA)
Museum Development Director / Somerville Museum (Somerville, MA)
Art Conservation Assistant / Oliver Brothers LLC (Beverly, MA)
Stewardship Manager, Boston Community Gardens / The Trustees of Reservations (Boston, MA)
Vice President, Finance / Connecticut Science Center (Hartford, CT)
Director of Development / MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA)
Ellyn McColgan Assistant Curator of Native American Art / MFA Boston (Boston, MA)
Visitor Experience Associate / Well-B Innovation Center (Boston, MA)
Public Relations and Sales Coordinator / Vermont Historical Society (Montpelier, VT)

Mid-Atlantic

Curator, African Art / Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY)
Museum Director / Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (Washington, D.C.)
Managing Editor / Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY)
Director of Donor and Member Engagement / Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square, PA)
Fine Arts Program Collections Assistant / Federal Reserve Board (Washington, D.C.)
Associate Director of Operations / MoMA PS1 (Long Island City, NY)
Executive Director / Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust (Philadelphia, PA)
Cole Fellowship 2020-2021 / Thomas Cole National Historic Site (Catskill, NY)
Patron Services and Exhibitions Manager / Ford’s Theatre Society (Washington, D.C.)
Designer / Albright-Knox (Buffalo, NY)
Senior Officer, Individual Giving / Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY)
Museum Collections Manager and Registrar / Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, D.C.)
Director of Development Operations / Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY)
Vice President for Historic Sites / National Trust for Historic Preservation (Washington, D.C.)
Assistant Educator, Family and Teen Programs, Education / Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Associate Administrator, Directors Office / Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Director of Facilities and Sustainability / Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Pittsburgh, PA)
Director of Marketing and Communications / Penn Museum (Philadelphia, PA)
Guide, Emerging Professionals Program / Glenstone Museum (Potomac, MD)
Deputy Director of Advancement and Director of Individual Giving / Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (Washington, D.C.)

Southeast

Membership Manager / Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (Nashville, TN)
Chief Education Officer / North Carolina Museum of History (Raleigh, NC)
Associate Director of Exhibitions / North Carolina Museum of History (Raleigh, NC)
State Museum of History Associate Director / North Caroline Museum of History (Raleigh, NC)
Museum Curator Supervisor / North Carolina Museum of History (Raleigh, NC)
Chief Registrar / Speed Art Museum (Louisville, KY)
Director of Library and Archival Collections / Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (Nashville, TN)

Midwest

Curator of Clothing and Textiles / Missouri Historical Society (St. Louis, MO)
Registrar / Art Bridges (Bentonville, AR)
Postdoctoral Fellow in Islamic Art or 20th-Century African-American Art / Saint Louis Art Museum (St. Louis, MO)
Associate Curator of American Art / Chazen Museum of Art (Madison, WI)
Museum Manager / 21c Museum Hotels (Bentonville, AR)
Hirsch Glass Curatorial Fellow / The Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, OH)
Associate Director / South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (Rapid City, SD)
Executive Director / The History Center of Washington County (West Bend, WI)
Executive Director / McLean County Museum of History (Bloomington, IL)
Humanities Curator / Mid-America Arts Alliance (Kansas City, MO)
Business Development Manager / Jackson Hole Art Museum (Jackson, WY)
Department Exhibitions Manager / The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Director of Public & Family Engagement / Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites (Indianapolis, IN)
Curator / Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (Boulder, CO)
Campaign Gifts Manager / Grand Rapids Art Museum (Grand Rapids, MI)
Director and Curator for The College of Wooster Art Museum / College of Wooster (Wooster, OH)
Director of Curatorial Affairs / Eskenazi Museum of Art (Bloomington, IN)
Head of Exhibits (Associate Curator) / Prehistoric Museum, Utah State University (Price, UT)

South Central

Vice President of Business Operations and Guest Experience / The DoSeum (San Antonio, TX)
Manager of Interpretive Planning / Houston Zoo (Houston, TX)

West

Rights Coordinator / Getty Publications (Los Angeles, CA)
Associate Curator Digital Presentations / Museum of Motion Pictures and Academy Awards (Los Angeles, CA)
Curator Exhibitions / Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (Los Angeles, CA)
Vice President of Collections and Research / Bishop Museum (Honolulu, HI)
Cultural Services Program Manager / City of Modesto (Modesto, CA)
Digital Engagement Manager / Anchorage Museum (Anchorage, AK)
Curator of Indigenous Art & Community Initiatives / Anchorage Museum (Anchorage, AK)
Exhibit Content Developer/Writer / California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco, CA)
Assistant Director of Marketing – Advertising & Promotions / SFMOMA (San Francisco, CA)

 

BCM Collection Cataloger Job Post

BOSTON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM-JOB POSTING 

COLLECTIONS CATALOGER 

REGULAR, FULL TIME HOURLY/ 35 HOURS PER WK 

Boston Children’s Museum is one of the most influential children’s museums in the world. It was founded in 1913 by the Science Teachers’ Bureau and for over 100 years has been engaging children in joyful discovery experiences that help to instill a lifelong love of learning. The Museum is also one of the few children’s museums in the world to maintain a diverse collection. The Museum’s collections of Americana, Natural History, Global Culture, Native American, Dolls and Dollhouses, and Japanese artifacts encompass more than 50,000 items. 

POSITION SUMMARY 

Boston Children’s Museum Collections team is seeking a very organized, detail-orientated and highly motivated individual with a strong interest in Museum studies, Cultural studies and or History to assist with digitizing Boston Children’s Museum’s artifact collections. The ideal candidate possess a strong background in Microsoft office, familiarity with digital imaging, databases and scanning, experience with online document sharing, such as google docs and drop box and proficiency or high interest in using social media platforms is a plus. The Collections Cataloger will be primarily responsible for, but are not limited to: cataloging, documenting, and inventorying museum artifacts; taking digital images and scans; and preparing and entering catalog records into the PastPerfect database. The Cataloger will be part of the inventory team, working alongside other collections staff to complete a systematic inventory of the cultural collection. Each physical collections item in storage and on exhibit will be identified and digital catalog records will be added or updated accordingly. Additional responsibilities may include rehousing and cleaning items in storage. 

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES 

• Create or update object-level catalog records with brief descriptions and locations. 

• Evaluate artifacts’ general physical condition and create reference image. 

• Rehouse objects in storage and clean as needed. 

• Reconcile digital catalog records with any physical records for donor information, provenance, or any other associated documentation. 

• Attend department and other related meetings. 

• Other tasks as assigned by Curator of Collections 

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS 

• High school diploma required; college degree/experience preferred 

• Strong interest in or course work in Museum Studies, Cultural Studies, History, or Public History 

• Working knowledge of office procedures and equipment 

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and Windows applications 

• Strong organization skills; detail oriented 

• Ability to interact positively with diverse staff and visitors 

• Ability to react positively to a rapidly changing environment and make good decisions under pressure 

• Familiarity with digital imaging, databases, and scanning a plus 

• Familiarity with online document sharing sites (e.g. Google Docs, Drop Box) a plus 

• Proficiency or interest in social media a plus 

WORKING CONDITIONS 

Physical Demands: must be able to lift, push, or pull up to 40 pounds. Use a step ladder, sit, stand, and walk for extended periods of time. Normal office environment with varying exposure to office equipment, i.e. printer, fax, shredder, phone and desktop computer. 

BOSTON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM MISSION STATEMENT 

Boston Children’s Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning. 

VISION STATEMENT 

Boston Children’s Museum is a welcoming, imaginative, child-centered learning environment that supports diverse families in nurturing their children’s creativity and curiosity. We promote the healthy development of all children so they will fulfil their potential and contribute to our collective well-being and future prosperity. 

VALUES 

• We believe in the intrinsic value of play and provide opportunities for experiential learning, and multi-sensory, object-based exploration. 

• We connect children and families to transformational experiences and ideas in science, technology, health and wellness, arts and humanities, and global cultures. 

• We support parents, caregivers, educators, scientific researchers, civic leaders, and health professionals in addressing critical issues facing children. 

• We embrace change and innovation in order to address the changing landscape of childhood. 

We introduce children and families to the diverse cultural life of the city and are a vibrant urban meeting place for all in Boston and beyond 

HOW TO APPLY: Send a copy of your resume and letter of interest to jobs@bostonchildrensmuseum.org, application closing date is 2/16/2020. 

Tragedy Strikes in the Lunar New Year

With the Lunar New Year ringing in just yesterday, it is a tragedy that the Museum of Chinese in America in Manhattan lost most of its collection in a fire the day before what should have been a celebration. The archive caught fire not far from the actual museum, and the 85,000-piece collection was likely completely destroyed, whether from fire or water damage. Any pieces that did survive are inaccessible at this time due to building damage. There was one man critically injured and several firefighters with minor injuries, but no deaths reported. There is no criminal activity linked to the fire, and the case is being investigated.

The building itself is historic, having once been used as a public school for immigrant children. The collection included donated items like family albums, clothing, newspapers and other artifacts owned by immigrants. Their loss in the fire is irreparable. The good news is that 35,000 documents had been digitized prior to the fire, and some of the collection is safe because it is on display at the museum.

This museum and its community are mourning the loss of the precious collection. They did have some digital copies of documents, and storage was separate from the museum; however, the damage is done to the collection and to the trust of those who lent their property to the museum.

To prevent such catastrophes, museums should start with the basics: having an emergency/disaster-preparedness plan. Museums and archives alike should assess their collection and its housing for risks to human and collection safety. Also, for collections housed in historic buildings, there needs to be a balance between preservation needs of the structure and mitigating risk to people and the collection. Sometimes that balance calls into question the use of an automated fire suppression system. Hopefully, as more news about this horrific event is revealed, the museum will stay transparent about its prevention measures and how it will be able to improve in the future.

Jobs Round-up

Northeast:

Director of Donor and Member Engagement (Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA)

Curator, African Art (Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY)

Gallery Registrar (Alexander Gray Associates, New York, NY)

South:

Membership Manager (Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville, TN)

Exhibition Designer (High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA)

Midwest:

Registrar (Art Bridges, Bentonville, AR)

Curator of Clothing and Textiles (Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis)

Curator of Anthropology–Dickson Mounds (Illinois State Museum, Lewiston, IL)

Associate Curator of Exhibitions (Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn, Iowa)

Mid-Atlantic:

Fine Arts Program Collections Assistant (Federal Reserve Board, Washington, D.C.)

Public Programs Coordinator (Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Charlottesville, VA)

West:

Rights Coordinator (Getty Publications, Los Angeles, CA)

Exhibit Fabricator (Ideum, Corrales, NM)

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