Museums in the News – The Spring Thaw Roundup

Welcome to the museums in the news roundup.

Deeply scientific – but not completely rational (interview with director of the Charles Hayden Planetarium) (Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts)
Summoning the heavens: Malden man at helm of revamped planetarium (ditto)

Hello out there: anyone want to help a museum? (Kern County Museum Authority, California)

Historic railway museum stays on track (Mid-Continent Railway Museum, North Freedom, Wisconsin)

Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum in danger (Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum, Baltimore, Maryland)

J. Edgar Hoover’s name on museum draws fire (proposed national museum research center)

12 best relics in the Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Museum, China)

Lowe Art Museum exhibits art and politics from Times Square to Cuba (Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, Miami, Florida)

Ken doll turns 50 at Boynton museum’s Barbie exhibit (Museum of Lifestyle and Fashion History, Boynton Beach, Florida)

Valuable artifacts missing from Egyptian Museum (Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt)

London Street Photography at the Museum of London (Museum of London, London, England)

St. Louis Art Museum and AAMD Guidelines (St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri)

Wilder insists slavery museum will be built (proposed museum of slavery, Fredericksburg, Virginia)

State closer to having a civil rights museum, but location still an issue (proposed civil rights museum, Jackson, Mississippi)

Trailside museum receives $175k state grant (Blue Hills Trailside Museum, Milton, Massachusetts)

Weekly Jobs Listings

Welcome to the weekly job announcements post. As always, all job announcements can be found on their own page.

  • Digital Archive Fellow [Rhizome]Call for Applications: RHIZOME Digital Archive Fellow (part-time, unpaid) Rhizome is a leading arts organization dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology. Through op…
  • Exhibits Manager [Children’s Museum of Denver]The Children’s Museum of Denver is seeking an Exhibits Manager to join us in realizing some ambitious plans- please distribute! Full Time Exhibits Manager with demonstrated and effective personnel and project management abilities with a variety of t…
  • Curator of Interpretation and Visitor Services [Hagley Museum and Library]Curator of Interpretation & Visitor Services Hagley seeks a creative, dynamic, highly organized individual to lead the interpretive programs produced by the museum.  This position is a key leadership position within the Museum Division and is …
  • Gallery Director/Instructor [Baum Gallery, University of Central Arkansas]The Position: Gallery Director/Lecturer. Full-time, ten-month position starting August 2011. Responsibilities include planning and preparing, in collaboration with art faculty, a series of diverse and innovative exhibitions and programs that serve the …
  • Director of Education & Programming [Waukesha County Museum]The Waukesha County Museum is currently seeking a Director of Education & Programming to lead, develop, and grow its educational and programming initiatives as we implement a new strategic plan over the next few years. This exciting position will p…
  • Managing Museum Educator [Metropolitan Museum of Art]Managing Museum Educator The Metropolitan Museum of Art seeks a Managing Museum Educator in the Education Department.  This position oversees gallery and studio experiences across audiences in a newly created division of the Education Department, r…
  • Cultural Programs Educator [Brooklyn Children’s Museum]POSITION/TITLE: CULTURAL PROGRAMS EDUCATOR (P/T) DEPARTMENT: EDUCATION SUPERVISOR: MANAGER OF CULTURE AND ACCESS PROGRAMS REQUIREMENTS: ·         BA in Education, Museum Studies, Performance Studies, Cultural Anthropology, or other relev…
  • Manager of Teacher Programs and Partnerships [Museum of Fine Arts, Boston]Manager of Teacher Programs and School Partnerships Education Under the direction of the Head of School Programs and Teacher Resources, the Manager of Teacher Programs and School Partnerships will be responsible for maintaining and enhancing the MF…

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Know Your Professional Organizations: National Art Education Association

For the art historians among us: the National Art Education Association.

Here’s what the NAEA has to say about itself:

Founded in 1947, The National Art Education Association is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators. Members include elementary, middle and high school visual arts educators, college and university professors, researchers and scholars, teaching artists, administrators and supervisors, and art museum educators, as well as more than 45,000 students who are members of the National Art Honor Society or are university students preparing to be art educators.

We represent members in all fifty states plus the District of Columbia, U.S. Possessions, most Canadian Provinces, U.S. military bases around the world, and twenty-five foreign countries.

The National Art Education Association (NAEA) advances visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding.

Core Values
NAEA staff and members work to support professional growth, change, and leadership through:

Networking and collaborating
Participating in art education conferences
Developing and disseminating exemplary resources on art education
Building a professional community by contributing our time and talents to others
Valuing our diversity and committing ourselves to equity

They have a fairly complicated grid of membership costs by state; for Massachusetts, it’s $70 for full, active membership and $30 for a student membership. For those joining us from other states, you can navigate this PDF to find out your dues. In terms of benefits, you get a fairly robust series of publications, access to a members-only section of the website that includes lesson plans and gallery activities, discounts on all sorts of things, and access to grants and other funding opportunities.

The professional development section of their website is really fantastic: access to lesson plans, all sorts of resources for the practice of art education, book and material reviews, and a mentor program. They also maintain a robust “Research” section, with reports and tools for the thoughtful analysis of art education. Like AAM, NAEA is involved in advocacy for its professional interests, and they have some good advice that goes way beyond art education and is applicable to anyone speaking for a cultural cause.

So go, check them out!

(editor’s note: we’ve made a small correction to our previous post on the AASLH; student members aren’t mailed a paper copy of History News, but they can access back issues online.)

Museums and Historic Preservation in FY 2012

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is live-blogging their analysis of President Obama’s proposed budget for next year. They’ll be updating throughout the day as they discuss areas of the budget that relate to historic preservation and public funding for the arts. If you want to do your own research, there’s an interactive breakdown of the budget on the White House website.

For those who have been following the buzz about the budget through other news sources, this budget is an attempt to drastically scale back federal spending in the face of an escalating deficit. Not twenty minutes ago on NPR I heard what seemed like a good summary of where it will go next: essentially, Democrats think it’s way over the top and Republicans think it doesn’t go far enough. Which is to say, this document is still due for a lot of debate and revision.

Either way things shape up, it probably doesn’t look good for federal funding for museums. We’ll be posting wrap-ups this week, as well as some interesting thinking about new business models for museums. The future isn’t looking so bright for the traditional public money dependence that got a lot of museums through the 20th century.