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Studio Educator [Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum]

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 17, 1971 in job announcements |

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is looking for a studio educator to plan and implement programs for the studio space in the museum’s new Renzo Piano-designed addition scheduled to open in January 2012.  You’ll find the job description below; it is also posted on the Gardner’s website (recently redesigned — check it out!) here: http://www.gardnermuseum.org/resources/employment/positions#studio

Peggy Burchenal, Curator of Education and Public Programs
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Things to know:  the Gardner Museum is an equal opportunity employer and encourages qualified minorities, women, people with disabilities, and military veterans to apply. To apply for a position, please send your cover letter and resume to hr@isgm.org. E-mail is the preferred method of applying, with all attachments in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Applications not submitted via e-mail can be mailed to:
Human Resources Department
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
280 The Fenway
Boston MA 02115

We receive many resumes and kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

STUDIO EDUCATOR
ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM
TITLE:   Studio Educator
DEPARTMENT: Education
REPORTS TO:  Director of Community Programs
TYPE OF POSITION: Part-time /30 hours per week; hourly/non-exempt
Regular schedule includes Saturdays and Sundays, school vacation weeks, and third Thursday evening of each month

Scope of Position
The Studio Educator plans and implements studio projects to engage general visitors (adults and children) in the creative process. By experimenting with art materials, visitors will learn about art past and present and make their own connections to art in the museum’s collection and special exhibitions. Making use of the museum’s new studio space — currently scheduled to be open to the public on weekends and during school vacation weeks — the Studio Educator will develop drop-in
projects for both children and adults, and will prepare self-guided materials linking studio projects to the art or architecture of the historic building or to a current special exhibition.

The Studio Educator will work closely with the Director of Community Programs on school vacation weeks and other community-based programs (Neighborhood Nights, Open Our Doors Day, Frank Hatch Day). In addition, the Studio Educator will collaborate with other education staff to develop projects for a variety of events, including Gardner After Hours, volunteer training, and teacher workshops.

Responsibilities
* Develop year-long schedule of studio-based projects for families and general visitors
* Develop and design gallery materials to accompany projects when necessary
* Work with curatorial departments and artists-in-residence to develop projects based on the museum’s buildings, collection, and special exhibitions
* Create assessment tools to help gauge the success of the programs
* Develop appropriate staffing plan using volunteers and interns
* Collaborate with other staff on family gallery materials
* Create an engaging and lively atmosphere during studio open hours
* Be a welcoming and friendly presence in the studio while guiding activities for visitors
* Along with other education staff, help maintain the studio space, keeping it organized and accessible

Qualifications
* B.F.A. in studio art or related field; M.A. or M.F.A. preferred
* Experience teaching adults and children; experience with VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies) a plus
* 2-5 years experience creating studio projects connected to museum collections
* Excellent planning and organizational skills
* Ability to work collaboratively with other museum staff and contemporary artists
* Excellent oral and written communication skills
* Ability to produce simple yet imaginative gallery materials
* Experience managing volunteer and intern staff

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