Museum Studies at Tufts University

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Month: December 2011 (page 3 of 5)

How to make a great museum? Make your staff happy.

The Happy Museum Project, which is putting together a really interesting assortment of studies, thinking, and initiatives (if you’re not getting their newsletter, go sign up!), just published an interesting article from Steve Gardam, Head of Live Programmes at the London Transport Museum.

Gardam went to an event called “Action for Happiness” at the Cass Business School in London, all about increasing happiness among employees at work. Economists have presented some pretty compelling evidence that workplaces with higher employee satisfaction are more productive and more successful. Gardam wonders if these same principles can be applied to museums: can we really substantially improve the quality of our programming and services by making sure that employees are fulfilled?

Read his entire article here, and don’t forget to sign up for The Happy Museum Project’s newsletter.

Upcoming Boston EMP Events

Quoting this one directly from the Boston EMPs email:

Hello Boston EMPers!

This Thursday December 15th we will be having an informal happy hour at Meadhall in Cambridge.  The gastropub is near the Kendall/MIT stop on the Red Line.  We will start to gather around 5:30 pm.  Bring some business cards and get to know some fellow EMPs!

4 Cambridge Center
Cambridge MA 02142
Parking is limited – there are some meters and some permit parking on nearby streets.  There is a hotel garage nearby, fees unknown.

Please RSVP on Facebook ( and hope to see you there!
Save the Dates

In January we are planning a Session Proposal workshop.  Explore the possibilities of presenting at a conference and learn some of the “how tos” associated with submitting.

And on February 1st we have our second National EMP Event.  EMPs across the country with gather for a national workshop to build interviewing skills, learn how to interview well, and explore the interview process.  After getting your foot in the door with your resume and cover letter, learn how to impress and seal the deal with spectacular interview skills.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Here and There: Mixing Business with Pleasure

Here: First, sign up for Drawing in Pubs, a ten week session hosted by the MFA that meets in a different pub each Thursday and covers basic drawing skills in pencil and ink. Open to all levels over age 21.

Next: Get your tickets for the Gardner’s After Hours Opening Bash on January 19. Be one of the first to explore the new wing and revisit the historic galleries. There will be drinks, snacks, a concert in the concert hall, a band in the courtyard, art activities and more.

Visit the MFA for more information about Drawing in Pubs. January 5-March 15. $285.

Visit the Gardner for details, ticket options and to purchase tickets. January 19, 7pm. $40-60.

Museums in the News

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news articles about museums.

The museum website as a newspaper – an interview with Walker Art Center

Museum treads careful line in ‘God(s)’ exhibit

What’s in a museum’s name? Everything

‘Please touch,’ says new Utah natural history museum

Maintaining a Museum Ship: ex-USS SLATER (DE 766)

Touring Valentino’s Museum, Virtually

Museum as Node: What to Love About the Walker Art Center’s New Website

Museum Wades Into Politics With a Fund-Raiser

Museum Opens for a Jewelry and Glass Master

Occupy Museums Takes Part in Foreclosure Defense at Alexander Hamilton’s Former Estate

Resisting Renaming of Miami Museum

NYC design museum begins $54 million redesign

NYC museum offers master’s for science teachers

Museums club together for future

Coca-Cola moves formula from bank for 1st time in 86 years to new vault at Atlanta museum

National Hellenic Museum debuts with plenty of Greek heritage

Springfield Art Museum board tweaks director’s job description

Museum officials make ‘cry from the heart’

Weekly Jobs Listing

Welcome to our weekly jobs listing! As always, job announcements go up immediately on their own page.

  • Director for Learning and Interpretation [DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum]Director for Learning and Interpretation, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is seeking a Director of, or Deputy Director for Learning and Interpretation (DLI). The exact title will be dependent on experience …
  • Archaeology Dig Facilitator [Skirball Cultural Center]Archaeology Dig Facilitator, Skirball Cultural Center, LA The Skirball Cultural Center seeks an Archaeology Dig Facilitator to staff the Skirball’s outdoor simulated Bronze Age dig site and field lab. The drop-in archaeological dig provides family…
  • Education & Garden Internships [Codman Community Farm]Internships (unpaid positions, except where noted) Education Intern: Currently, the Farm is seeking an Educational Intern for this upcoming 2012 school tour season. The farm is committed to offering interns a wide variety of experiences from deve…
  • Education Assistant [The Noguchi Museum]Education Assistant The Noguchi Museum The Noguchi Museum is seeking a full-time Education Assistant. The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum is devoted to the preservation, documentation, presentation, and interpretation of the work of …
  • Museum Educator [Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center]Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center full & P-T positions The Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) is a unique museum-based early childhood program located on the Smithsonian Mall in Washington, DC. We are seeking enthusiastic, experience…
  • Volunteer Positions [Waterworks Museum]The Waterworks Museum, which showcases the engineering, public health, and architectural history involved in the Chestnut Hill Reservoir and pumping station, seeks volunteers for a variety of positions. Volunteers are crucial to the success of th…
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