Museums in the News – The Spring is on the Way Roundup

Welcome to our weekly museums in the news roundup!

Restoration work begins on damaged Egyptian artifacts (Egyptian National Museum, Cairo, Egypt)

Philly museum makes replicas for China mummies (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Followed by: China, Philly museum resolve dispute over mummies (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Auschwitz fund-raising effort grows (Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and Memorial, Poland)

Tacoma logging museum on the brink of closure (Camp 6 Logging Museum, Tacoma, Washington)

Natural History Museum opens as usual after fire (National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.)

National immigration museum officially opens doors at Pier 21 in Halifax (Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax, Canada)

Lincoln students dance for museum anniversary (University of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska)

An Economist at a Museum (various museums) [Editor’s Note: Don’t be put off by the title; this raises a really interesting question. It also needs more comments to really get the discussion going – go forth and share your knowledge!]

Seattle Pinball Museum staying for good (Seattle Pinball Museum, Seattle, Washington)

How the Museum of Flight restores their aircraft (Museum of Flight at Boeing Field, Seattle, Washington)

After planning exhibition on the mob, a Naples museum director seeks asylum in Germany (Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples, Italy)

Dozens plan “nurse-in” at Hirshhorn to highlight right to breast-feed in public (Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.)

Group calls for new DC Museum of American People (proposed museum, Washington, D.C.)

Van Gogh museum hit by Facebook scammers (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands)

State sues over assets of defunct Peace Museum (Chicago Peace Museum, Chicago, Illinois)

The Met’s plans for virtual expansion (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York)

Bill would force UI to sell $140m Pollock painting (University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, Iowa)

Valentine’s promotion at crime museum criticized (National Museum of Crime and Punishment, Washington, D.C.)

NJ Museum of Agriculture to cease operations, possibly forever (New Jersey Museum of Agriculture, New Brunswick, New Jersey)

Weekly Jobs Report

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

  • 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 …
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Education Center Coordinator [Rubin Museum of Art]Education Center Coordinator Reports to: Manager, School Programs Summary: The Rubin Museum of Art is a nonprofit cultural and educational institution dedicated to the art of the Himalayas. Its mission is to establish, present, preserve, and doc…
  • Curator Position/Producer, Arts [Palo Alto Art Center]Curator Position/Producer, Arts The Palo Alto Art Center seeks a dynamic, visionary, and energetic arts professional to serve as Curator (Producer Arts or Science Programs) during a pivotal point in our organizations history. Since 1971, the Palo Al…

NEMA YEP Workshops – More Information

A few days ago we announced the NEMA spring workshop lined up, with special mini-workshops aimed directly at young and emerging museum professionals. Here’s more information on those workshops, the fun networking events taking place afterward, and how you can register. All information is courtesy of NEMA’s workshops page.

The NEMA Young and Emerging Museum Professionals (YEPs) PAG understands that new and emerging museum professionals have limited budgets to attend workshops, and frequently are unable to miss work for professional development and/or networking events. To break down these barriers faced by those with less than ten years in the field, and those who wish to network with new and emerging professionals, the YEP PAG Chairs have planned a series of workshops that break the mold. Learn, Laugh, Love brings together numerous individuals from various professional positions and levels of seniority, both of local and national stature, to encourage those who are just entering the field, especially career changers, students, and those who are seeking to further their current position, in three informal learning situations, where networking at peer to peer and peer to mentor level are key components. Register for all three and save!

All workshops will be held at Historic New England’s Otis House Auditorium.

LEARN: How to Interview “Big Wig” Speed Dating Style (March 23, 2011)
There’s no better way to learn but trial and error. Using the speed dating format, participants will have the opportunity to “interview” with seasoned museum professionals, including Directors, Curators, Educators, Board of Trustee members, and other senior ranking individuals. Each seasoned professional will be armed with a mixture of “favorite” interview questions collected from those who hire in the museum field; workshop participants will rotate between professionals, thus opening the door to meet and learn from those who have immense advice to share on the interviewing process, making the best first impression, and creating a lasting mark with interviewers that leads to a new position.

LAUGH: How to Break into a Tricky Field in a Tough Economy (April 20, 2011)
Sometimes laughter is the best medicine, but how does an emerging museum professional break into a tricky field when museums are facing budget cuts and staff reductions? What does a museum want from a new hire? What skills are needed to be successful in the museum field in 2011? Should you go back to school, attend workshops, and learn how to post to Facebook? When is a job a great fit, and when should you run away if it isn’t perfect? These questions and more will be discussed, with an emphasis on making your current skills and abilities appealing to employers. Hear stories from seasoned professionals on starting off in the field, surviving layoffs, and transitioning to new positions. Translating job descriptions into inspiring cover letters and highlighting key resume accomplishments will also be discussed.

LOVE: How to Build Your Resume through Internships, Articles, Conferences, and Presentations (May 11, 2011)
Climbing the museum ladder is definitely labor intensive, but it is a labor of love. Learn how to build your resume by gaining experience beyond traditional nine to five positions. Publishing, presenting, and volunteering are ways to uncover unknown or new museum positions, make contacts, and build a strong resume (and a strong museum professional!). Discover the strategic steps you can take to make yourself more appealing to future employers, and find the best route to positioning yourself for promotions and opportunities throughout the field.

Directions to the Otis House will be emailed with your registration confirmation two weeks prior to the workshop.

Questions? Call NEMA, 781-641-0013.

After each event, the YEPs are holding a fun networking event at a local eatery. Here’s the list:

LEARN Networking Event, Wednesday, March 23
8:00 p.m., The Liberty Hotel

LAUGH Networking Event, Wednesday, April 20
8:00 p.m., The Red Hat

LOVE Networking Event, Wednesday, May 11
8:00 p.m. The Fours

You can register for the YEP events on the NEMA workshop website, and you can RSVP for the networking events on the YEPS Facebook page. (Or just click on the links for the events themselves to RSVP individually.)

Know Your Professional Organizations: National Association for Museum Exhibition

Going with our specialization theme, here’s one for the aspiring exhibit designers out there: the National Association for Museum Exhibition.

NAME is actually sort of part of AAM; it describes itself as “one of the Standing Professional Committees of the American Association of Museums.”

For more from them:

Our mission

NAME seeks to enhance the cultural landscape by advancing the value and relevance of exhibitions through dialogue among individuals, museum leaders and the public. We promote excellence and best practices, identify trends and recent innovations, provide access to resources, promote professional development and cultivate leadership.

What we offer

NAME offers professional development opportunities through conference sessions and workshops at national and regional levels. We offer dialogue with exhibits colleagues through our professional journal Exhibitionist, other publications and this website. We offer networking through our Members Directory and social events. We are also the nationwide voice of the exhibits profession.

Who we represent

NAME represents over 800 museum staff and independent professionals. The membership includes designers, content developers, fabricators, evaluators, and others engaged in public programming and museums.

Because it’s part of AAM, if you’re already an AAM member, you can be a member of NAME. It’s that simple. There are some additional dues, which cover publications and a few other opportunities, but it’s only $25 for individuals and $15 for students.

NAME has one of the coolest professional journal names out there: The Exhibitionist. In keeping with that title, this is a great publication. Each issue is themed (last spring’s was about “Exhibition Frictions”) and then explores exhibitions or techniques that address that theme. Every article I’ve read – and you can read a lot of them, because many back issues are online – has been creative, thoughtful, and even if not directly useful or applicable to me at that moment, has given me something to think about. I would strongly urge spending some time reading through these articles.

They have a great collection of links to further resources, and a great lineup of awards and fellowships.

NAME makes a great case, in their comprehensive and creative thinking, for why everyone who works in museums should know about planning and producing an exhibition. So go check them out!

Upcoming NEMA Workshops

There are some really great workshops coming up this spring, and if you’re a NEMA member, they’re only $40 each. Scroll down to check out a series of workshops sponsored by the NEMA Young Emerging Professionals – $15 each, 6-8pm, and focused on interviewing and building your resume.

Exhibitions & Conservators PAGs Workshop
Best Practices in Exhibit Lighting
Friday, March 4, 2011
deCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
The Exhibitions and Conservators PAGs are teaming up this year to bring you a workshop on exhibit lighting — by popular demand!
Sponsored in part by Gaylord-Your Trusted Source®
Register

Historic Sites PAG Workshop
From Docents to Smart Phones: Creating a Compelling Interpretive Experience at Historic Sites
Friday, March 25, 2011
Gore Place, Waltham, MA
The ultimate goal of any historic site is not only to engage the visitor but to make their visit so memorable that they will return, support, and promote by word of mouth. This workshop will explore how historic sites create a compelling visitor experience.
Sponsored in part by Gaylord-Your Trusted Source®
Register

Children’s Museums & Exhibitions PAGs Workshop
Especially for Me: Innovative Ways Museums Can Support Visitors of All Abilities
Monday, March 28, 2011
Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke, MA
With an estimated 19% of Americans classified as disabled, how can museums be responsive to this segment of the population? Join us at Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke, MA, as we explore innovative ways to design exhibits and programs that promote inclusion and disability awareness.
Register

Membership, Development, PR and Marketing PAG Workshop
Best of Times, Worst of Times: Making the Most of What You Have
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Fitchburg Art Museum
This year’s workshop sessions will demonstrate strategies for getting a lot accomplished with small staffs and small budgets. Learn to effectively promote and execute fundraising events; discover ways to prosper as a development department of one; and share ways to get the best publicity possible for your institution.
Register

New This Year!!

Learn, Laugh, Live: A New Series of Mini-Workshops with Maxi-Impact
A series of mini-workshops*
Presented by the Young and Emerging Museum Professionals (YEP) PAG
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on March 23, April 20, May 11, 2011
Otis House, Historic New England, Boston, MA
Co-sponsored by Historic New England
LEARN — How to Interview “Big Wig” Speed Dating Style
LAUGH — How to Break into a Tricky Field in a Tough Economy
LOVE — How to Build Your Resume Through Internships, Articles, Conferences, and Presentations
* Each mini-workshop is $15 for NEMA Members, $25 for Non-Members. Members can register for all three mini-workshops for $40.
Register

Space is limited. Please visit www.nemanet.org and sign up today!

Registration Fee (includes lunch): $50 NEMA members / $60 non-members / $40 students