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Jobs Round-up!

 Here are the jobs for the week of January 12th. Happy hunting! 

Northeast: 

Executive Director (Royall House & Slave Quarters, Medford, MA) 

Group Outreach Coordinator (Zoo New England, Boston, MA) 

Freedom Trail Office Coordinator (Freedom Trail Foundation, Boston, MA) 

Collections Photographer (Northeast Document Conservation Center, Andover, MA) 

 Project Assistant for the Summer Institute for Technical Studies (Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA) 

Seasonal Assistant Education Manager – Edgartown (The Trustees of Reservations, Martha’s Vineyard, MA) 

Director of Digital Marketing – Boston (The Trustees of Reservations, Boston, MA) 

Gift Shop Supervisor (Old North Church & Historic Site, Boston, MA) 

Education Assistant, Studio Programs (The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA) 

 

 South: 

Director of Digital Programming (The National WWII Museum, New Orleans, LA) 

Curator (San Jacinto Museum of History, Harris County, TX) 

SEMC Executive Director (Southeastern Museums Conference, Atlanta, GA) 

Associate Director (NC African American Heritage Commission, Raleigh, NC) 

 

Midwest: 

Director of Development (Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL) 

Shop Manager (Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL) 

Museum and Library Specialist (Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology (WLM), Schaumburg, IL) 

Operations Manager (Ellwood House Association, DeKalb, IL) 

Executive Director (Ephraim Historical Foundation, Ephraim, WI) 

Chief Program Officer (Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, WI) 

Director of Education (Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, MO) 

Museum Director (Johnson County Museum, Overland Park, KS) 

 

Mid-Atlantic: 

Administrator (Association of Art Museum Curators, New York, NY) 

Director of Education & Public Programs (The Olana Partnership, Hudson, NY) 

 

West: 

Senior Museum Technician (Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA) 

Senior Philanthropy Office (San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA) 

Museum Executive Director (Yellowstone Gateway Museum, Livingston, MT) 

Executive Director (World of Speed Motorsports Museum, Portland, OR) 

Exhibit Designer (Oregon Historical Society, Portland, OR) 

Registrar (Idaho State Historical Society, Boise, ID) 

Assistant Curator (The Brinton Museum, Big Horn, WY) 

Museum Coordinator (City and County of Broomfield, Broomfield, CO) 

A Few Events to Brighten Your Winter

John Singleton Copley, Paul Revere, 1768, Oil on canvas, Gift of Joseph W. Revere, William B. Revere and Edward H. R. Revere, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 30.781, photograph © 2019 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Despite the fact that the cold of New England lifted this past weekend, we’ve already returned to the more realistic January weather. Unfortunately, this is the time of year that most museums and historic sites start to see a big drop in numbers. The holiday season is over and with little visitation, some institutions need to close for the season or at least cut back on hours. However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel with these dreary days. Here are some exciting things happening in the area in the next few weeks: 

  • The Institute of Contemporary Art:  
    • Tschabalala Self: Out of Body is an upcoming art exhibition that will open on January 20th. This is Tschabalala’s biggest exhibition yet, featuring her “large-scale figurative paintings” that mesh a variety of techniques.  
    • Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere was organized by the American Antiquarian Society, and it goes into detail about the life of Paul Revere beyond just the famous ride he is known for. The exhibition will be split between the both museums listed here. It opens at the Concord Museum on February 14th and at the Worcester Art Museum on February 15th 
  • Museum of Science 
    • Dogs! A Science Tail opens on February 9thVisitors can investigate why humans and dogs have such a close bond and what it’s like to be in the life of a dog through hands-on activities 
  • In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 20th), several Boston cultural institutions are offering free admission. They include: 
    • The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 
    • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 
    • Zoo New England 
    • The Institute of Contemporary Art 

Building belonging at the MFA with free memberships

When I went to the MFA Boston Hanukkah party this past Wednesday, I wasn’t expecting to walk away with a free membership.

I have an MFA membership now. Go figure.

I didn’t complete a scavenger hunt for the privilege or win any sort of raffle. As it turns out, the MFA is launching a free first-year membership program in celebration of the 150th anniversary of its founding. The only way to enroll is onsite at 14 cultural and Late Nite events held throughout 2020, so it looks like I got lucky with an early opportunity.

Just by the numbers, giving out free memberships is a huge move – even for only one year. An entry-level Supporter membership can cost $75-$114 for one person. Multiply that by one or two hundred visitors (conservatively) signing up at each of the 14 events and you have a six-figure sum that the MFA could theoretically make otherwise. Why is the MFA undertaking such a colossal initiative when even the The Met’s 150-year celebration will comprise mostly a few events and exhibitions?

I wonder if the free first-year memberships were thought of before or after the school group incident in May. In short, a class of seventh graders reported being targeted by racist speech from MFA staff and visitors and racial profiling by security. The MFA was criticized for its handling of the report and communication in the days afterwards; even Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey opened an investigation into the event. In (ongoing) response, the MFA began a “Toward a More Inclusive MFA” initiative involving staff and volunteer trainings, community roundtables, new executive positions dedicated to inclusion and working with the community, and other endeavors.

Reading over the 150th anniversary press release again, it looks like the bulk of the related celebrations will champion diversity and inclusion. The release mentions “community” 16 times, “diversity” 4 times, and “inclusion” 3 times. The focus on community does relate to the strategic plan released in 2017, but I suspect the MFA is also still trying to make up for the events in May and move forward.

The MFA has been working hard to position itself as a place of belonging for the community – something many museums grapple with. We know free admission doesn’t bring in new or more diverse members on its own; however, the slate of cultural events with free admission planned for 2020, including celebrations for Nowruz, Juneteenth, and an ASL night, may attract such a crowd. By providing free first-year memberships at these events, the MFA incentivizes return visits by audience segments it desperately seeks to connect with. In theory, this will give the Museum more opportunities to build and rebuild relationships with the community.

I haven’t heard of other museums offering free memberships like this, so I’m curious to see how the next year unfolds for the MFA. What do you think of the plan – will you be going to get your free membership?

Weekly Jobs Round-Up

Quite a few internships posted among the jobs this week. Happy hunting!

Northeast:

Native Plant Horticulture Internship / Native Plant Trust (Framingham, MA)
Curatorial Intern / Concord Museum (Concord, MA)
Program Coordinator, Research & Academic Program / The Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA)
Executive Coordinator, Director’s Office / The Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA)
Spring Education Intern / EcoTarium (Worcester, MA)
Events Coordinator / Hancock Shaker Village (Pittsfield, MA)
Farm Camp Educators / Berkshire Botanical Garden (Stockbridge, MA)
Marketing & Design Internship / Fitchburg Art Museum (Fitchburg, MA)
Development Communications and Operations Manager / Heritage Museums & Gardens (Sandwich, MA)
Stage Tech/Performing Arts Production Intern / MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA)
Early Childhood Education Specialist / Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield, MA)
Senior Project Manager, Buildings and Structures / The Trustees of Reservations (Boston, MA)
Associate Director of Development Operations – Boston / The Trustees of Reservations (Boston, MA)
Information Technology Support Assistant – Intern / Mass Audobon (Lincoln, MA)
Curator of Russian and European Art / Amherst College (Amherst, MA)
Fellowship Program Project Manager / Yale University (New Haven, CT)
The Dangremond Museum Studies Internship / Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library (Hartford, CT)
Curator / Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME)

Mid-Atlantic:

Associate Development Officer for Foundation and Government Giving, Developent / Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Registrar/Collections Database Manager / Hagley Museum and Library (Wilmington, DE)
Executive Director / Teiger Foundation (New York, NY)
Chief Preparator / Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State (University Park, PA)
Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowships / Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA)
Exhibitions Coordinator / The Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.)
Executive Director / Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center (Pennsburg, PA)
Associate Director of Visitor Experience / Ford’s Theatre Society (Washington, D.C.)
Outreach Scientist / Space Telescope Science Institute (Baltimore, MD)
Departmental Technician, AAOA / Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Belle da Costa Green Curatorial Fellowships / The Morgan Library & Museum (New York, NY)
Guest Experience Internship / Mt. Cuba Center (Hockessin, DE)
Executive Director / Museum of Fine Arts – Washington County (Hagerstown, MD)
Chief Conservator/ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.)
Education Manager / Historic Hudson Valley (Sleepy Hollow, NY)
Major Gift Officer, Intermittent / Smithsonian Institution, Office of Advancement (Washington, D.C.)
Chief of Staff / The Jewish Museum (New York, NY)
Senior Exhibition Manager / International Arts & Artists (Washington, D.C.)
Security Operations Manager / The Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.)
Museum Director / Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (Washington, D.C.)

Southeast:

Director, Bo Bartlett Center / Columbus State University (Columbus, GA)
Director of Finance and Administration / Gibbes Museum of Art (Charleston, SC)
Director of Marketing & Sales / Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (Jacksonville, FL)

Midwest:

Head of Paper Conservation / Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Executive Director / Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer (Grand Island, NE)
Andrew W. Mellon Visual Arts Curatorial Assistant / National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago, IL)
Andrew W. Mellon Permanent Collection Curatorial Assistant / National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago, IL)
Historic Agriculture Specialist / Wood County Park District (Bowling Green, OH)
Exhibit Fabricator/Carpenter / The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN)
Humanities Curator / Mid-America Arts Alliance (Kansas City, MO)
Collections Manager/Registrar / Grinnell College Museum of Art (Grinnell, IA)
Interpretive Planner / The Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH)
Curator of Art and Social Practice / Obama Foundation (Chicago, IL)

South Central:

Vice President of Development / Witte Museum (San Antonio, TX)
Registrar / Art Bridges (Bentonville, AR)
Protection Services Manager / Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR)
Individual Giving Manager / Scott Family Amazeum (Bentonville, AR)
Manager of Interpretive Planning / Houston Zoo (Houston, TX)
Director of Digital Programming / The National WWII Museum (New Orleans, LA)
Travel Exhibitions Manager / Art Bridges Foundation (Bentonville, AR)
Director of Development / Clinton Presidential Center (Little Rock, AR)

West:

Sybil Harrington Director and CEO / Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, AZ)
Director of Individual and Major Giving / Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
Institutional Partnership Associate / Asian Art Museum (San Francisco, CA)
Curatorial Internship and Education Internship / National Museum of Wildlife Art (Jackson, WY)
Director of Exhibition Design / Monterey Bay Aquarium (Monterey, CA)
School Programs Coordinator / The J Paul Getty Trust (Los Angeles, CA)
Associate Registrar, Exhibitions / Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA)
Exhibit Director / Oregon Historical Society (Portland, OR)

Weekly Jobs Roundup

West:

Interpretation Manager (Filoli Center, Woodside, CA)

Education Specialist (Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, Palm Springs, CA)

Public Programs Coordinator (Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, Palm Springs, CA)

Curator Exhibitions (Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Los Angeles, CA)

Midwest:

Curator (Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA)

Northeast:

Visitor Services Associate (Sterling and Francine Clark Art institute, Williamstown, MA)

Senior Manager, Production and Venue Operations, Education (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York)

Education and Youth Program Manager (The Preservation Society of Newport County, Newport, Rhode Island)

Mid-Atlantic :

Supervisory Visual Information Specialist (Smithsonian Exhibits, Landover, MD)

Advancement Assistant (Smithsonian Science and Education Center, Washington, D.C.)

South:

Associate Registrar (Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL)

Visitor Services Manager (Sarasota Art Museum, Sarasota, FL)

KHS Curator (Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, KY)

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