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Month: April 2011 (page 1 of 3)

Weekly Jobs Listing

Here’s our listing of all the jobs posted this week – quite a few as I play catch-up. As always, jobs are kept current on their own announcements page.

  • Adult Programs Manager [Brooklyn Museum]BROOKLYN MUSEUM POSITION Description: Adult Programs Manager DEPARTMENT: Education Division, Brooklyn Museum RESPONSIBILITIES: The manager of Adult Programs develops and implements creative interpretive programs for adult museum visitors. Progra…
  • Seasonal Urban Park Ranger [New York City Department of Parks and Recreation]*Position: Seasonal Urban Park Ranger * * * *Title: Urban Park Ranger (CSA) (Seasonal: June-August 2010)* * * *Agency Description:* As stewards of nearly 14 percent of New York City¹s land, the Department of Parks & Recreation build…
  • Collections Manager [International Spy Museum]The International Spy Museum seeks a part-time Collections Manger (16 hours/week) to develop, manage, and oversee the collection of 2,000+ artifacts. Responsible for maintaining all records, communicating with potential donors, responding to requests f…
  • Senior Professional Development and Curriculum Associate [Museum of Science]Senior Professional Development and Curriculum Associate – ACTIVELY ACCEPTING RESUMES Salary: Exempt (Salaried). Commensurate with experience. Classification: Grant-funded, full-time Division: Engineering is Elementary / Education Description:…
  • Collections Manager [The Bostonian Society]The Bostonian Society seeks an experienced Collections Manager, to be the primary caretaker responsible for the long-term care and strategic planning of its extensive artifact collection. In cooperation with the Society’s Archivist, the Collection…
  • Inclusive Cultural Arts Specialist [Port Discovery Children’s Museum]Port Discovery Children’s Museum We are looking for a creative, child-centered, high-energy, and detail-oriented team player to manage and implement the visual and performing arts initiatives at Port Discovery Children¹s Museum. Knowledge of early …
  • Executive Director [Thoreau Farm Trust]Thoreau Farm Trust Executive Director Job Description The Thoreau Farm Trust seeks a part-time (25 – 30 hrs/wk) Executive Director. The Trust recently completed an extensive restoration and rehabilitation of the Henry Davi…
  • Arts Education Associate [Dia: Beacon, Riggio Galleries]Arts Education Associate Dia:Beacon Riggio Galleries 3 Beekman Street Beacon, NY 12508 Dia Art Foundation is expanding its arts education and public engagement initiatives at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, and is seeking an experienced museum e…
  • Museum Educator [Albany Institute of History and Art]Museum Educator Full Time with Benefits Seasonal Schedule: October – May: Tues – Sat June – September: Mon – Fri Additional weekend and evening work required Compensation commensurate with education and experience This position reports to …
  • Director [DiMenna Children’s History Museum]Director of the DiMenna Children’s History Museum Job Summary The Director of the DiMenna Children’s History Museum (DCHM) at the New York Historical Society will provide direction and leadership for the development and implementation of programs…

Cleanup Day at Chesterwood

I can’t be the only person who thinks this sounds like a ton of fun, right? If anyone is interested in going, comment here or email me and I’ll coordinate rides.

Volunteers Needed!

Chesterwood photo by Paul Rocheleau(27)edited.jpg

Please join us for a Volunteer Clean Up Day at Chesterwood in Stockbridge, MA on Saturday, May 21st , 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (rain date Sunday, May 22nd).

Space is limited so please register early!  Click here to RSVP today.

Projects include gardening, light landscaping, cleaning and repairs to the French-designed outdoor space called the “Circle” and the Woodlands Walks. Volunteers should be willing to work, able-bodied and over 18 years of age. Tools and gloves provided.

Volunteer Day is free, and volunteers will be treated to a tour of the property, lunch and a thank you reception on the Studio Piazza.  Volunteer Day is sponsored by Chesterwood and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Northeast Office.

Chesterwood, a Historic Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and National Historic Landmark located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is the country home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). Best known as the sculptor of the Minute Man in Concord, MA, and Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, French lived and worked at Chesterwood nearly every summer for over thirty years. Chesterwood is the home of one of the largest collections of works by a single American sculptor.  For more information, please visit or call us at 413.298.3579 ext. 25210.


Volunteers should come dressed to work outside and prepared for the weather on May 21st.  Proper clothing to prevent sun and tick exposure is recommended.  Sturdy footwear is encouraged.


Volunteers interested in coming and staying in the Stockbridge area, consider our nearest National Trust Historic Hotel of America, The Red Lion Inn. Special Chesterwood volunteer discount! Reserve a room at the published rate on Saturday, May 21st, and add Friday or Sunday night for 20% off.  To take advantage of this special offer, please call 413.298.1690 or email and ask for the “Volunteer Special.”  For more information on the Inn, visit

Click here to RSVP

Celebrate the Royal Wedding at the Spellman Museum

The Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History in Weston, Massachusetts is celebrating the royal wedding with a special exhibit of stamps commemorating British royal weddings.

The museum will also be toasting the royal couple on their wedding day, April 29, with sparkling grape juice and free British stamps for all young visitors.

The exhibit runs through the end of May, and features stamps from many different countries who have chosen to celebrate royal weddings for over sixty years.

The Boston Globe recently covered the exhibit and celebrations in a great article.

Tufts alum Henry Lukas is the Director of Education at the Spellman Museum; thanks to him for bringing our attention to this very well-timed exhibit!

Upcoming NEMA Workshops

Direct from NEMA and hot off the presses:

NEMA’s Professional Affinity Groups provide you with timely, valuable workshops that address the challenges you face. Take charge of your professional development and join your New England colleagues at one of NEMA’s upcoming workshops or networking events. Register today as space is limited. Workshops are open to everyone.

Monday, May 9
Archives 101
USS Constitution Museum, Boston, MA
Libraries & Archives PAG
Whether you’re new to the profession, have taken on additional collections responsibilities, or just want to brush up on some archival theory and practice, “Archives 101” can give you the skills to approach the seeming chaos of a new collection, make it easier for researchers and staff to access information, identify basic preservation issues, and not lose your sanity in the process!

Tuesday, May 17
From Paintings to Pitchers: A Material Approach to Understanding and Preserving Historic Collections
Moffatt-Ladd House, Portsmouth, NH
Curators PAG
This workshop will explore the physical properties of various classes of objects, and basic strategies for studying and preserving historic collections.

Networking Event!

Tuesday, May 17
Meet up of museum colleagues in Portsmouth!
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Portsmouth Museum of Art
NEMA is hosting an informal reception at Portsmouth Museum of Art. Join your friends and colleagues to relax, catch up on the latest news, and mingle over drinks and light refreshments. Free!

Wednesday, May 18
20 Direct Response Strategies to Win Back Your Lapsed Donors and Members
Is your lapsed donor file shrinking? Are your overall membership retention numbers not what they used to be? Re-capturing lapsed donors and members is a key initiative in every organization’s annual plan, and WIDGB would like to offer you and your fellow members some insight that you can incorporate into your fundraising and/or membership programs.

Thursday, June 9
Managing Projects: How to Keep One Step Ahead of Your Project
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA
Conservators PAG
This workshop will provide an overview of definitions, an introduction of essential Project Management skills and practices, and case studies of projects that participants can relate to.
Co-sponsored by the New England Conservation Association

Tuesday, June 14
Tech Workshop II: Using Technology to Reach a Wider Audience
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord, NH
Independent Museum Professional PAG
We all know that there are vast potential audiences outside of our museum walls. Join the IMPs for a day of exploring how technology can help reach them.

Networking Event!

Tuesday, June 14
Independent Museum Professionals Networking Lunch
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord, NH
Join the IMP PAG for a 90-minute networking brown bag lunch. $10 if you order lunch; free if you bring your own lunch. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Thursday, June 16
Back to Basics and Beyond: Fine Art Insurance
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Registrars PAG
Sponsored in part by Willis Fine Art, Jewelry & Specie
This workshop will provide an overview of fine art insurance. Discussions will include who needs it, how it differs from other types of insurance coverage, how to assess your institution’s specific needs, and how to obtain the right coverage and policy for your institution. In depth discussions will address the topics of: submitting a claim and understanding the claim process, exhibition and loan coverage, deductibles, catastrophic coverage, policy exclusions and conditions, subrogation, and other current hot topics.

Tuesday, June 21
A Fresh Look: Gallery Interpretation and the MFA’s New Art of the Americas Wing
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Education PAG
Join us for a day spent exploring a theme central to what we do-gallery interpretation-in a fabulous space, the new Art of the Americas Wing at the MFA.

Space is limited. Please visit and sign up today!

Exhibit Opening: Capturing Community

The exhibit opening for Capturing Community: Farming, Fishing, and Canning in New England is just two weeks from today!

So the answer to the question, hm, I wonder what I’m doing on Tuesday, May 10, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. is “I’ll be at the Tufts University Art Gallery, eating good food, listening to a great gallery talk by artist Markham Starr, and generally admiring all the brilliant work by my friends in the Exhibition Design class.”

Not that you need any more reasons to celebrate the end of the semester!

PS – More info about the Tufts Art Gallery here.

PPS – Follow along at the exhibit’s Facebook page, too.

PPPS – Just in case you’re the kind of museum geek who likes to come prepared, you can read about artist Markham Starr ahead of time.

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