Graduate Student Reception at the Boston Athanaeum

Tufts Adjunct Professor Margherita Desy sent us this ringing endorsement of an upcoming event at the Boston Athanaeum:

I have been a member of the Athenaeum for many years and often bring my collections management in as a field trip.  The Athenaeum’s collections run from fine arts (including paintings, sculpture and photography) and decorative arts, to rare books and manuscripts, to a vast circulating collection.  Exhibitions and lectures are held frequently.  I would highly recommend that graduate students in the Tufts Museum Studies program attend the reception or one of the many public tours provided by the Boston Athenaeum so that they may become familiar with this local treasure.   I should also mention that the Athenaeum has also hosted one of our Museum Studies student as an intern.

Sounds fantastic, right? Here are the details, and if anyone from Tufts attends, drop us a line and let us know how it went!

Graduate Student Reception
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

The Development Office of the Boston Athenaeum has established a group of
current graduate students who are also interested in the collections and
educational programs of the Boston Athenaeum.  If you would like to know
more about the Athenaeum and its historic collection, please join us for
this reception on September 12th at 5.30.  Please RSPV to Karen Beach at
beach[at]bostonathenaeum[dot]org – reservations are required and space is filling
up fast.

The Art Economy

NPR did a really wonderful little story on the idea of art revitalizing a town’s struggling economy, using the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, MA, as an example.

Read the article here.

What do you think? Can art drive an economy? Does Mass MoCA just need a little more time? Do museums really drive as much revenue toward their communities as people claim, or should we be more realistic and talk more about intangible benefits?

Museums in the News

Sorry for the hiatus! We’ll begin again with some catch-up on our weekly articles about museums in the news.

Indiana museum finds previously unauthenticated glass Picasso piece in storage; plans to sell

[New York] State Museum will reopen on Sundays

Detroit Museum’s Attendance Soars Following Pro-Tax Vote

‘The Oatmeal’ Needs Your Help to Build Tesla Museum

Cape Cod Museum of Art trustees address financial woes

Spencer Museum of Art reopens after flooding

9/11 Museum Asks for Dismissal of Suit Over Cross

Marlins create own bobblehead museum

Museum educator’s on a mission to teach science to all

Any way you slice it, pizza museum is paradise for pie lovers

The Bible museum and the importance of appreciating religious textual history

Museum honors passionate Valley concertgoer

Art Museum Interns are ‘Great Ambassadors’

The Penn Museum’s Pepper Mill Cafe Serving Food Inspired By Its Maya. 2012 Exhibition, On View Now Through January 13

Artifacts from Virginia-area museums in running for top 10 ‘endangered’ designation

Fitzwilliam Museum appeals for £3.9m to buy Poussin masterpiece

[Cleveland] Museum Defends Antiquities Collecting

Weekly Jobs Listing

Here’s a roundup of jobs posted this week. As always, jobs go up immediately on their own page; always check there if you really want them fresh & hot!

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  • Student Trainee (Museum Curator) [Puget Sound Navy Museum] Job Title:STUDENT TRAINEE (MUSEUM CURATOR) – INTERNSHIP Department:Department of the Navy Agency:Immediate Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Job Announcement Number:NW21099-09-721736K1405846-P SALARY RANGE: $33,414…
  • Executive Director [Children’s Creativity Museum] Executive Director, Children’s Creativity Museum (CCM) – San Francisco, CA Position Title: Executive Director Reports To: Board of Directors Date Issued: April 2012 ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: The Children’s Creativity Museum (CCM) is San Francisco…
  • Manager of Tours and Gallery Interpretation [Montclair Art Museum] MANAGER OF TOURS & GALLERY INTERPRETATION Job Posting Position Title: Department: Education Supervisor: Director of Education Direct Reports: Education Admin Assistant ~ 30 volunteer docents and 6 freelance educators Full Time (Weekend and …
  • Bernsen Director of Education [Philbrook Museum of Art] Please download attached PDF for job description. Philbrook Director of Education Job Description…
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AAM Conference Opportunity for Graduate Students

From Greg Stevens at AAM, here’s a great opportunity for all current students and recent alums.

“For the upcoming AAM Annual Meeting 2013 in Baltimore (May 19-22, 2013), I’ve proposed a “Graduate Flash Showcase” session, and encourage you to share this opportunity with students and recent grads. We’ve held successful Graduate Flash Showcases for the past two years, and we anticipate this year to be great once again! If anyone is interested in joining this session, please comment on the proposal online, and contact me directly at  The deadline for all proposals is August 24. Proposal ID#125


Graduate Flash Showcase is a series of back-to-back mini-sessions (or 20-minute “Flashes”) on current programs, projects, or research presented by graduate students or recently-graduated emerging professionals with less than two years experience in the field. The showcase provides opportunities and benefits for both presenters and audience members.


After participating, presenters will be better able to:

  • Hone presentation skills in a professional setting
  • Share projects, papers, programs, or academic/professional experience
  • Receive invaluable feedback from colleagues in the field
  • Build professional presence/personal brand


After participating, attendees will be better able to:


  • Learn more about programs, projects, and research that may impact the future of the field
  • Gain exposure to skills and perspectives of students and emerging professionals


Guidelines for Presentations

Each “Flash” showcase will be timed, is limited to twenty minutes and will be divided into two segments:


  • Presentation of project, paper, research, program, etc. (<10 min.)
  • Audience interactivity or discussion (approx. 10 minutes)


Student projects, papers, or research should apply to museum practice and/or theory, or be based on topics from outside the field that impact museums (e.g.demographic trends, education theory, etc.).