Museum Studies at Tufts University

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Month: October 2011 (page 3 of 5)

Weekly Jobs Listing

Welcome to our weekly jobs roundup. Check out the job announcements page to see these as they go up.

  • Education Coordinator [Highfield Hall]Education Coordinator Highfield Hall, an historic site and cultural center on Cape Cod, is looking for a creative and enthusiastic educator to serve as the next member of our growing staff. This is a two-year, IMLS funded position, 20 hours per wee…
  • Director of Education and Academic Affairs [Blanton Museum of Art]Dear museum educators, I am pleased to forward the following job opening for the newly announced position of Director of Education and Academic Affairs at the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin. Those interested in applyin…
  • Children’s Fine Art Program Coordinator [Palo Alto Art Center]Palo Alto Art Center, Children¹s Fine Art Program Coordinator (Theater/Arts Professional I) About the Palo Alto Art Center The Palo Alto Art Center provides an accessible and welcoming place where the community engages with art. The Center¹s mi…
  • Gallery Administrator/Volunteer [Belmont Gallery of Art]Gallery Administrator / Volunteer The Gallery Committee of the Belmont Gallery of Art seeks an enthusiastic and qualified volunteer for the position of Gallery Administrator.  The position offers valuable experience to be gained while managing a…
  • Associate Museum Educator [Metropolitan Museum of Art]ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE MUSEUM EDUCATOR Education Department The Metropolitan Museum of Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world’s finest museums, is seeking an Assistant/Associate Museum Educator in the Education Department. …
  • Exhibit Designer [Oregon Museum of Science and Industry]The Oregon Museum of Science & Industry in Portland, OR seeks an Exhibit Designer The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is seeking a full-time Exhibit Designer that will lead multi-disciplinary teams through the design process of major pr…
  • Arts Program Educator [Boston Children’s Museum]The Boston Children’s Museum in Boston, MA seeks an Arts Program Educator TITLE: EDUCATOR – ARTS PROGRAM MANAGER DATE: September 27, 2011 POSITION DESCRIPTION: Boston Children s Museum Educators are responsible for developing and delivering …

Introduction to Decorative Arts at Historic New England

Historic New England is opening up their collections storage area and giving a half-day class on decorative arts on October 29, 2011. It sounds terrific, and there’s an affordable special rate for students. If you attend, let us know!

Learn about decorative arts from Historic New England’s experts during an in-depth
workshop. Curators lecture on the history, craftsmanship, and changing methods of
production of furniture, textiles, ceramics, basketry, and wallpaper. Participants have the opportunity to closely examine original pieces from Historic New England’s extensive collection. The course concludes with a tour of the collections storage area.

$65 nonmembers (included Historic New England individual membership)
$35 students
$30 Historic New England members
A boxed lunch is available for $15 per person. Registration required.

Register on their website.

Museum Admission Fees

Over the summer, the Metropolitan Museum of Art raised its suggested admission donation to $25. The Museum of Modern Art and our own Boston Museum of Fine Arts have followed suit.

The moves have sparked a number of articles both for and against, and this one from the Art Newspaper website is by far the best, offering a good overview of the questions and challenges that surround the question of what a museum should charge for admission.

What do you think? Do some museums charge too much? Should all museums charge more? Should they all be free?

Tufts Internship Orientation Meeting

Tomorrow night, and don’t miss it if you want to get started on your internship and complete your Tufts degree! Details below.

Museum Studies Internship Orientation Session
Wednesday, October 12, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Tisch Library, Room 304

All students who plan to start internships in the spring or who want a jumpstart on summer internships must attend. Internship orientation is mandatory before applying to an internship, so please come to learn about what it is all about, even if your internship is several semesters away. You only need to attend an internship orientation once.

RSVP by to Cynthia Robinson at cynthia.robinson[at]tufts[dot]edu if you plan on attending (and haven’t already RSVP’d).

The next internship orientation session will take place in March. Unfortunately, there is no outside food allowed in Tisch 304. Please plan accordingly if you have class tomorrow evening and are attending the internship orientation.

The New Media Consortium Horizon Report

The New Media Consortium, which produces the Horizon Report, is compiling information for its 2011 Museum Edition.

If you’re not familiar with the report, you should be! The Horizon Report is a good, succinct overview of emerging technologies in various fields. They categorize innovations by their “horizon” – how soon it will be before a particular technology will become the next hot topic. Their predictions aren’t always 100% accurate, but they are always thoughtful explorations of how technology will impact our work.

Go, read the 2010 and other reports. They’re a good, well-organized, informative read.

Ed Rodley at the Boston Museum of Science and Thinking About Exhibits is part of the New Media Consortium Advisory Board for their museum report this year, and he wants to get the word out about how museum folk everywhere can help.

As part of the final information-gathering, they’re looking for innovative examples of technologies in museums for inclusion in the report.  See the note below and let them (or me) know of any cool examples you’ve encountered.

So go, check out his post, and find out how you can share what you’ve been learning and thinking about in the ways museums are using technology.

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