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Free Workshop for EMPS next Thursday

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 29, 2014 in boston emps, conferences, free resources, professional development |
It’s exactly as it sounds: a FREE workshop with one of our favorite Tufts professors with no registration fee.
Creativity in Museum Practice
Thursday, June 5, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
USS Constitution Museum
Join Rainey Tisdale and Linda Norris, authors of the new book Creativity in Museum Practice, for a fun, useful, and informative workshop about creativity, both for yourself and for your museum.
Let us know the YEPs know that you’re coming by signing up on Eventbrite.

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A walking tour of New England at home…

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 24, 2014 in events |

If you’re looking for something outdoors yet educational to do on Sunday, June 1, consider joining the Lexington Historical Society’s event! Here’s the extra info they sent in… The Lexington Historical Society is hosting its sixth annual house tour Homes in the Heart of Lexington which includes a dozen homes within walking distance of Lexington Center on […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 23, 2014 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Public Programs Presenter [California Academy of Sciences] Exhibit Content Developer [NC Museum of Natural Sciences] Curatorial Assistant III [Peabody Museum] Museum Specialist [National Archives and Records Administration] Museum Exhibit Specialist 1 [Albany Office of Cultural Education] Director of […]

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Museum Next Scholarships!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 22, 2014 in conferences, free resources, professional development |

If you haven’t heard of Museum Next… you should! It’s Europe’s major conference on museums and technology AND they’re offering incredibly simple-to-apply-to scholarships for student EMPs. Find out more here.  

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Time-sensitive Job Listing

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 15, 2014 in jobs listings |

The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is looking for an Executive Assistant (EA) to the Director, to start immediately. This part time position provides administrative and project-based support to deCordova’s Interim Director and Board with occasional work in donor relations, event support, and assistance to the Development program as required. It is temporary with a possibility of becoming permanent. […]

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Tonight — Snapshots Opening Reception!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 6, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Don’t forget that tonight is the opening reception for the Museum Studies curated exhibition Snapshots: 15 Takes on an Exhibition.  You’ve been reading their blog entries about their progress, now see for yourself what they’ve put together. Join them tonight from 5:30-8 at the Tufts University Art Gallery, 40 Talbot Ave, Medford MA 02155. Congratulations, students! […]

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The Importance of Collections Access on the Web

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 23, 2014 in Uncategorized |

by guest columnist Elyse Werling Students in this year’s Exhibition Planning class were given a challenge: choose an image that inspires you from the photographs in Historic New England’s exhibition, “The Camera’s Coast,” and use it as a jumping-off point for a full-blown exhibition plan. Snapshots: 15 Takes on an Exhibition is to take place at […]

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Snapshots: 15 Takes on an Exhibition: “Bull” Halsey

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 22, 2014 in Uncategorized |

by guest columnist Brian Miskell Students in this year’s Exhibition Planning class were given a challenge: choose an image that inspires you from the photographs in Historic New England’s exhibition, “The Camera’s Coast,” and use it as a jumping-off point for a full-blown exhibition plan. Snapshots: 15 Takes on an Exhibition is to take place at […]

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My Journey on the Piscataqua

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 19, 2014 in Uncategorized |

by guest columnist Amanda Breen Students in this year’s Exhibition Planning class were given a challenge: choose an image that inspires you from the photographs in Historic New England’s exhibition, “The Camera’s Coast,” and use it as a jumping-off point for a full-blown exhibition plan. Snapshots: 15 Takes on an Exhibition is to take place […]

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Snapshots: 15 Takes on an Exhibition

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 8, 2014 in Uncategorized |

by guest columnist Barbara Palmer Students in this year’s Exhibition Planning class were given a challenge: choose an image that inspires you from the photographs in Historic New England’s exhibition, “The Camera’s Coast,” and use it as a jumping-off point for a full-blown exhibition plan. Snapshots: 15 Takes on an Exhibition is to take place […]

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Snapshots: 15 Takes on an Exhibition

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 7, 2014 in Uncategorized |

by guest columnist Sarah McDonough Students in this year’s Exhibition Planning class were given a challenge: choose an image that inspires you from the photographs in Historic New England’s exhibition, “The Camera’s Coast,” and use it as a jumping-off point for a full-blown exhibition plan. Snapshots: 15 Takes on an Exhibition is to take place […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-Up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 6, 2014 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Exhibitions Manager [Blanton Museum of Art] Development Associate, Corporate Relations [Museum of Fine Arts, Boston] Youth & Family Programs Manager [John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art] Manager of Research and Evaluation [Asian Art Museum] Development Assistant [Peabody […]

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Snapshots: 15 Takes on an Exhibition

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 1, 2014 in Uncategorized |

by guest columnist Catherine Shortliffe Students in this year’s Exhibition Planning class were given a challenge: choose an image that inspires you from the photographs in Historic New England’s exhibition, “The Camera’s Coast,” and use it as a jumping-off point for a full-blown exhibition plan. Snapshots: 15 Takes on an Exhibition is to take place […]

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Wider World

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 1, 2014 in The Wider World |

by columnist Tegan Kehoe A couple weeks ago, I was a part of Boston’s first History Camp, an “unconference” that was organized by volunteers and a wiki. One of the panels was on means of publishing for history books, and Boston historian J. L. Bell made point I think applies just as well to museums. […]

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It’s All About Image

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 25, 2014 in Uncategorized |

by guest blogger Emma Mällinen Students in this year’s Exhibition Planning class were given a challenge: choose an image that inspires you from the photographs in Historic New England’s exhibition, “The Camera’s Coast,” and use it as a jumping-off point for a full-blown exhibition plan. Snapshots: 15 Takes on an Exhibition is to take place at the […]

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Snapshots of my Search History

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 22, 2014 in Uncategorized |

by columnist Tegan Kehoe Students in this year’s Exhibition Planning class were given a challenge: choose an image that inspires you from the photographs in Historic New England’s exhibition, “The Camera’s Coast,” and use it as a jumping-off point for a full-blown exhibition plan. In May, the Tufts University Art Gallery will host an exhibition […]

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Apply for coursework in Rwanda and Ethiopia!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 22, 2014 in professional development |

Apply for a fourteen day course this August through Rutgers University. This special educational travel seminar to Rwanda and Ethiopia is designed for emerging scholars in the fields of Comparative Genocide Studies, Memory Studies, Museum Studies, Media Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, History and cognate fields. This 16 day travel experience and professional/academic course will […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-Up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 21, 2014 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Public Program Coordinator [Connecticut Science Center] Individual Giving Coordinator [New England Aquarium] Traveling Exhibitions Manager [Science Museum of Minnesota] Discovery Program Coordinator/Supervising Instructor [Brooklyn Botanical Garden] The Hall of Human Life Education Associate [Museum of Science] Museum Education […]

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Save the Date: Local Legislators discuss the Fenway Cultural District

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 12, 2014 in events |

Next Wednesday, March 19, from 9-10:30 am, local legislators, artists, and cultural district stakeholders will convene at The Mary Baker Eddy Library for a MassCreative public hearing. They’ll be tackling the FY2015 budget, with perspectives from the individuals and institutions affected. For the morning’s agenda, click here. The Mary Baker Eddy Library is located a […]

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Graduate Student Lecturer Positions at the MFA

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 11, 2014 in jobs listings, professional development |

I’m excited, and sad, to forward this announcement. The MFA runs a paid program for a few graduate students per year to give tours in the galleries. For the past year, I’ve been one of these lecturers. The program is a fantastic opportunity to work not only with a diverse and fascinating set of visitors […]

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Museum Blogging Competition

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 10, 2014 in professional development |

Here’s an exciting opportunity for current students (sorry alumni) to enter a competition for museum bloggers sponsored by Randi Korn & Associates. The deadline is April 1, so take some time and get your writing ready!

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Weekly Jobs Round-Up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 9, 2014 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Education and Program Manager [Turtle Bay Exploration Park] Supervisor of Visitor Experience [New England Aquarium] After School Program Coordinator [American Museum of Natural History] Interpretation/Education Coordinator [Missouri State Museum] Curator of Exhibits [Greensboro Historical Museum] Archivist, ONE Archives […]

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The Wider World: Organic Collaborations

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 4, 2014 in The Wider World |

by columnist Tegan Kehoe This weekend, I went on a creative retreat of sorts, an annual event that I love. Two and a half days of intense time in a community I care about, several hundred friends and strangers in a hotel, being silly and collaborative, telling great stories and sharing what we’ve made. It’s […]

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Upcoming Event: Customer Service and the Museum Educator

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 4, 2014 in professional development |

The Greater Boston Museum Educators’ Roundtable is sponsoring a professional development event on March 13, 2014, from 1-4pm at Danforth Art. Join colleagues for a discussion of how best practices in customer service outside of the museum field can be used to enhance the visitor experience when applied cross-departmentally. A panel including staff members from […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-Up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 21, 2014 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Project Coordinator [Holocaust Memorial Museum] Historic Publications Editor II [North Carolina Museum of History] Associate Registrar [Asia Society] Head of Education and Visitor Experience [New Mexico Museum of Art] Assistant Exhibitions Project Specialist [Cooper-Hewitt] Head of Visitor Experience […]

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Write for AAM’s EdCom!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 20, 2014 in professional development |

Current Tufts graduate student Barbara Palmer is putting out the call on behalf of AAM’s EdCom, the Alliance’s educator professional affinity group. Calling You! As your bimonthly newsletter, we want to hear from you!  Want to highlight events at your museum or in your community?  Is there a burning issue you want to bring to the […]

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Science in Museums: The Circle of Life

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 19, 2014 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Jenna Conversano Hi all – I’m Jenna, a new Science in Museums columnist, with a particular interest in biology, zoos, and aquariums. The “hot item” in the news last week was the euthanasia of Marius, a two year-old giraffe at the Copenhagen Zoo, followed by a massive uproar across the web. If you […]

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MIT’s List Art Center needs your help this Vacation Week!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 18, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Here’s the call from Campus & Community Outreach Coordinator Courtney Klemens for volunteers to help with the List Art Center’s School Vacation Week programs. Their biggest need is Wednesday morning, but the full schedule of activities is below. If you’d like to volunteer, contact Courtney at cklemens@mit.edu.  Family Week at the List Tuesday, February 18 through […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 14, 2014 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Interpretive Programs Manager [9/11 Museum] Project Assistant, Contemporary Art [Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art] Manager of Studio Class Programs [Worcester Museum of Art] Curatorial Fellowship [Philadelphia Museum of Art] Astor Fellow for K-12 Education [Metropolitan Museum of Art] Curatorial […]

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Announcing a new museum studies website!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 13, 2014 in tufts program news |

Congratulations to the department and staff for all their hard work on the new Museum Studies department website! Check it out at museumstudies.tufts.edu    

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Science in Museums: Planning and Development of a Digital Gallery Guide

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 8, 2014 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Cira Brown I am in currently in the midst of a project at the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments at Harvard University as part of my fellowship, but I thought it would be useful to write about some of my experiences. My primary responsibility has been the planning and development of digital gallery […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 7, 2014 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Science Interpreter [The Franklin Institute] Education Manager of School Programs [Reuben H. Fleet Science Center] Docent Program Coordinator [California Academy of Sciences] Director of Exhibits [Sciencenter] Historian [National Park Service] Museum Educator [National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg] Curator […]

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Why blogging matters…

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 3, 2014 in Uncategorized |

by editor Phillippa Pitts This year I kicked off a new project instead of pretending to have a New Year’s Resolution. Starting 2014 was like stepping onto a roller coaster anyway: finishing up at Tufts this spring and off to who knows where in a few short months! So, like so many of us, I […]

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Travel Grants!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 3, 2014 in professional development |

An incredibly generous travel grant to visit and work in London, England is now available through the Sir John Soan Museum Foundation. The deadline to apply is March 1, so you have plenty of time to apply! Purpose The purpose of the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation Traveling Fellowship is to enable students in graduate […]

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The Wider World: Shh! It’s Tuesday

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 1, 2014 in The Wider World |

by columnist Tegan Kehoe Sometimes, you just need to get up on a soapbox for a moment to get something out of your system. I have some thoughts rolling around in my head that have been bothering me for … I don’t know how long now… and maybe if I blog about them, it will […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on January 31, 2014 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Research and Evaluation Associate [OMSI] Curatorial Department Assistant [Santa Barbara Museum of Art] Senior Project Specialist [Getty Museum] Coordinator, Donor Relations [Hammer Museum] Museum Technician [Smithsonian Institution] Museum Specialist [Smithsonian Institution] Online Content Producer [The Getty Leadership Institute] […]

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Museums in the News

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on January 24, 2014 in museums in the news, Uncategorized |

Happy start to the second semester, all! This week’s featured story is an amazing new online resource for curators (and educators, and lay-folk) interested in both art and history. The V&A Museum will publish its Nazi index of Degenerate Art as a free online resource. The V&A has the only copy of this list of […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on January 18, 2014 in jobs listings |

Happy Holidays, all! And, to start off the year right, here’s your weekly dose of open jobs. Also, as always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Part-time Jobs in Boston Facilitators [MIT List Visual Arts Center] Museum Teacher [Historic New England] Regular Listings Manager Interpretation and School / Educator Programs [National Center […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on January 10, 2014 in jobs listings |

Happy Holidays, all! And, to start off the year right, here’s your weekly dose of open jobs. Also, as always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Teaching Artist [Art Resource Collaborative for Kids] submitted by program alumna Leigh Ryan  2014-15 Fellowship [Preservation Society of Newport County] Director of Digital [Museum of the City […]

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Unpacking Admission by Donation

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on January 8, 2014 in The Wider World |

by columnist Tegan Kehoe You’ve met the rude tourists who come to Boston. Sure, there are good tourists, too, but every city has its own magnets for the bad. These tourists are the ones who think they’re clever by saying, “Pahk ya cah in Hahvahd yahd!” to anyone they meet. They also say, “But it’s […]

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Propose a conference session at NEMA!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on January 3, 2014 in conferences, professional development |

In 2014, NEMA’s annual conference will be held here in Boston, Cambridge. Submit your proposal for a session by February 3 (one month from today!) The theme for this November is “Picture of Health: Museums, Wellness & Healthy Communities,” celebrating the role museums play in community wellness.

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Weekly Jobs Round-Up

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on December 29, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Happy Holidays, all! And, to start off the year right, here’s your weekly dose of open jobs. Also, as always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Fellow [Preservation Society of Newport] Paid Intern [Metropolitan Museum] Paid Intern – Summer 2014 [Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum] Digital Resources Archivist – Digital Collections and Archives […]

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Keeping Things Real, Keeping Your Ideals

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on December 5, 2013 in The Wider World |

by columnist Tegan Kehoe I recently read an older article in The Journal of Museum Education, Partnerships: Hype and Reality (Amy Jared, Winter 1994), that had some thought-provoking things to say on museums engaging with their communities. The author pushed back on the idea that museums’ greatest challenge is to convince the public that they are no […]

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Rethinking the “Remaking” of Museums

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on December 4, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Cira Brown A couple of weeks ago I attended the 41st Annual Museum Computer Network Conference in Montreal, Quebec. A strange name, perhaps, but the organization has been in existence way before personal computers… even before the moonlanding! I was very excited to attend, especially since everything was museum related! It was 5 days of […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-Up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on November 23, 2013 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Assistant Registrar [Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County] PT Curator [Massachusetts State House] PT Special Collections Associate [Fashion Institute of Technology] Visitor Experience /Operations Manager [Museum of the City of New York] Curatorial Assistant [Portland Museum of […]

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Perspectives on NEMA 2013

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on November 21, 2013 in Uncategorized |

by columnist Tegan Kehoe One thing I love about NEMA is the mix of perspectives you get hearing many voices and attending multiple sessions. In a session on partnerships to meet community needs, and another on shared authority in partnerships, I learned as much from questions and discussion in the room as from the presenters. […]

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Feedback Wanted! Rapid Contextual Redesign of Mammal Skull Mystery Exhibit at the Museum of Science

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on November 20, 2013 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Catherine Sigmond Lately I’ve been working on a project to evaluate and rapidly redesign the Mammal Skull Mystery exhibit at the Museum of Science. After weeks of evaluating how people use the exhibit (read: stalking visitors and then awkwardly trying to talk to them about it) and reflecting on those observations, we’re now […]

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Perspectives on NEMA 2013

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on November 19, 2013 in conferences |

by guest columnist James Stanton This year NEMA asked conference attendees to question why museums are needed now more than ever. In an increasingly diverse society, museums offer a space for people to reflect, learn, and honor their different histories while bringing communities together to share, learn, and grow from each other. The recurring themes […]

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on November 17, 2013 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting! Digital Exhibit Developer [Pacific Science Center] Program Specialist [IMLS] Grants Management Specialist [IMLS] Digital Communications and Media Manager [International Museum of Women] Education Programming Assistant [Worcester Art Museum] Curatorial Assistant [Brooklyn Museum] Membership and Development Associate [Concord Museum] […]

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The 95th Annual NEMA Conference

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on November 15, 2013 in professional development |

by editor Phillippa Pitts Just home from Newport, RI and the 95th New England Museum Association Conference. NEMA is a fantastic organization that really brings together a diverse group of museums for three days of sessions, workshops, frantic business card swapping, and networking. People walk into the conference looking for someone who knows about volunteer […]

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