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Month: May 2012 (page 1 of 3)

Reminder! John Falk Book Discussion & Drinking About Museum

This is your reminder that the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is hosting not one but two fantastic professional development events next week. Everyone should try to make at least one of them!

First up is on Wednesday, June 6. The NEMA Young and Emerging Professionals and the Greater Boston Museum Educators’ Roundtable are co-sponsoring a book discussion group of Identity and the Museum Visitor Experience, by John Falk, and – most excitingly – Falk himself will be joining in by Skype.

Networking for the event is from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., and the discussion group itself is from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. To RSVP, email Emily Silet – esilet[at]decordova[dot]org.

Then on Thursday, June 7 is the next installment of the fabulous Drinking About Museums series. I’ve copied the text right over from Ed Rodley’s blog:

We’re continuing our ambitious agenda of museum visits followed by drinking, and this month, we’re moving out into the ‘burbs, this time to Lincoln, MA, and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.  Their new Gary Webb show will be up and our hostess, Jennifer Schmitt  is hoping we might do a bit of  brainstorming about how deCordova might employ digital technologies in their future plans. Bring your thinking caps!

We’ll be at deCordova at 4:30PM looking for you.  DM me (@erodley) or Jenn (@bantryhill) if you get lost or delayed.

Afterwards, we will adjourn to The Colonial Inn in Concord for refreshments. It’s a short drive from deCordova, so leave yourself transit time. If you can’t join us for the museum part, come meet us in Concord! Burgers and beer will be had and more conversation will follow!

June 7th, 4:30PM
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
51 Sandy Pond Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

drinks following at 6PM 
Concord’s Colonial Inn
48 Monument Sq.
Concord, MA 01742

Boston EMP Event: Working for the Government

Copied right over from the Boston EMP announcement:

Hello Boston EMPers!

Interested in working for the government but daunted by all the paperwork, grade levels, and bureaucracy that goes into applying?  Come attend our June workshop – learn the basics of the application process and some of the reasons working for the government may or may not be for you!

Alicia Paresi has worked with the Northeast Museum Services Center, a part of the National Park Services, for over 15 years.  She is the Curator of Archeology Collections and will talk about working for museums and programs operated by the government, some of the pros and cons of government work, and how to apply for your first government job.

The workshop will be at 6pm on June 27th at the Northeast Museum Services Center in the Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown MA, near the USS Constitution Museum.  Parking is available but needs to be arranged prior to arrival.  The discussion will be from 6 – 7pm, followed by a brief tour of the building, some of the current archaeological projects, and the archives from 7 – 7:30pm.  If there is interest after the workshop we can get dinner or drinks and continue the conversation!

RSVPs are required for attendance.  Please RSVP by responding to this email by June 18th and note if you will be driving.

See you there!

For those not on the Boston EMP mailing list, shoot an email to join or to RSVP for this event to bostonemps[at]gmail[dot]com.

YEP Book Club & Networking

Heads up – the NEMA Young and Emerging Professionals and the Greater Boston Museum Educators Roundtable are teaming up to present a great night of discussion and networking at the DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum.

Greater Boston Museum Educators’ Roundtable and the New England Museum Association Young and Emerging Museum Professionals bring you a discussion and question and answer session with John Falk, author of “Identity and the Museum Visitor Experience”.

Mr Falk will be joining the book club via Skype.

Join us for networking from 4:00pm-6:00pm and for Book Club with John Falk from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Please RSVP to both/either event by emailing Emily Silet at

Interested in carpooling to the event? The New England Museum Association is helping to arrange carpooling to the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park for the event. Please contact Leslie Howard at if you are interested in carpooling. Please be mindful that NEMA cannot guarantee carpool arrangements.

Museums in the News

Welcome to our weekly roundup of museums in the news.

First things first: congratulations to all the  MA students in Museum Education, History and Museum Studies, and Art History and Museum Studies who are graduating today, and congratulations to all the certificate students who completed their requirements this semester!

As proof that you can’t please everyone, here are a few reviews of the new Barnes Foundation museum in downtown Philadelphia.

Review: Barnes Foundation museum a bland shadow of once great self

New Barnes museum can’t replicate an idea

A Museum, Reborn, Remains True to Its Old Self, Only Better

(For anyone interested, the 2009 documentary about the fight to move the Barnes Foundation, The Art of the Steal, is streaming on Netflix.)

Bozeman Museum Awarded $2.3M in Donation Lawsuit

Australian art museum lures visitors with ‘poop machine’

This Week in the Museum’s History (Saving Art from Boston’s MFA during World War II)

No sex, please — it’s Ottawa: museum raises age limit for racy exhibition

Helium shortage has NY museum scrambling to fill replica of Civil War reconnaissance balloon

USGA museum in New Jersey burglarized

Taylor Swift gives $4M to Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum for children’s education center

Weekly Jobs Roundup

As always, jobs go up immediately on their own page, here. Keep in mind that there are additional job posting websites listed at the top of that page – we don’t claim a monopoly on this game!


  • Assistant/Associate Curator of Museum Education [American Philosophical Society Museum] AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY (APS) MUSEUM Assistant/Associate Curator of Museum Education *AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY (APS) MUSEUM* *Assistant/Associate Curator of Museum Education* The APS Museum seeks a highly creative and energetic muse…
  • Curator [Fairfield Museum and History Center] Curator, Fairfield Museum and History Center Position Title: Curator Reports To: Executive Director FLSA Status: Full time, salaried, Exempt Hours: 35 hours / week. Some evening…
  • Curator of Collections and Exhibitions [Stamford Museum & Nature Center] *Curator of Collections & Exhibitions* *Stamford Museum & Nature Center* *Stamford, CT* * <>* ** Serving as the creative and visionary voice of all exhibitions and the profe…
  • Education Coordinator [Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland] EDUCATION COORDINATOR, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland *JOB POSTING ­ EDUCATION COORDINATOR* * * *COMPANY: Museum of Contemporary Art* DEADLINE: 2012.05.25** WEB ADDRESS: **** *SCHEDULE: Part time, 24 hours per we…
  • Curator of Education, Interpretation and Visitor Experience [Greensboro Historical Museum] Curator of Education, Interpretation and Visitor Experience, Greensboro Historical Museum, NC Primary job function and duties: The Greensboro Historical Museum is seeking an energetic, creative, community-minded person to head the section of Educati…
  • Executive Director [E. Stanley Wright Museum] Executive Director E. Stanley Wright Museum, Inc. Wolfeboro, NH The Wright Museum ( seeks a full-time Executive Director to advance the museum through successful fundraising and development, and to oversee the day-to-day operat…
  • Educator [Hickory Hill] Educator, Hickory Hill, Thomson, GA The Watson-Brown Foundation seeks a professional to manage its history and environmental science education programs.  The *Educator* serves as the lead for all educational services at Hickory Hill and the Tom Wats…
  • Director of Education [Queens Museum of Art] Director of Education Queens Museum of Art *Position Posting * *Director of Education * Queens Museum of Art is seeking a Director of Education to lead a team, of nine staff members and fifteen educators, responsible for engaging the public in …
  • Education Fellowship [Westport Arts Center] The Westport Arts Center is a non-profit visual and performing arts organization dedicated to creating arts experiences that enrich the lives of area residents and the entire community. For information, go to the website at <h…
  • Manager, Volunteer and Internship Programs [New England Aquarium] Manager, Volunteer and Internship Programs Posted Date: 03-May-2012 (EST) Closing Date: 31-May-2012 (EST) Department: Volunteers Location: MA, US Pay Type: Salary Employment Type: Full Time…
  • Program Coordinator, School Visits [Page Museum] Program Coordinator, School Visits at Page Museum The *Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits *is seeking a Program Coordinator, School Visits. As part of the Education & Exhibits Division, the Program Coo…
  • Associate Director of Education, Student and Teacher Programs [Adler Planetarium] *Associate Director of Education, Student and Teacher Programs* *at the Adler Planetarium, Chicago* *A full-time position.* The Adler Planetarium, (Chicago, IL), has an opportunity available in the Education Department. Department.  This senior mem…
  • Community Initiatives Coordinator [Golisano Children’s Museum] Community Initiatives Coordinator Summary: The Community Initiatives Coordinator is responsible for developing, leading, and overseeing the Museum¹s Community Initiatives (Set for School, Shelter Safe Play, and Breaking the Barriers programs) as wel…
  • Director [Fitchburg Art Museum] Museum Search & Reference announces the national search for the Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum (FAM) in Fitchburg, MA. FAM seeks a Director for its healthy, growing, AAM-accredited art museum. The Director will lead an institution with an …
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