Hello museum lovers!
Dominique and I have a few new plans for the blog this year, and we want to use this post to keep you aware of some changes to expect:
The blog currently has an events calendar to highlight exciting museum events in the Boston area each month. We are switching to an events page where you can link directly to area museums’ events calendars to see their up-to-date event listings. Check back over the upcoming weeks to see additions to this page as we continue to implement our plans!
Around the Globe
A few weeks ago, our weekly post highlighted the GeoFort in the Netherlands, starting our Around the Globe series (check it out here if you missed it!). Periodically, we’ll highlight a museum outside the United States and you’ll soon be able to find all these under the Popular Categories menu on our home page. If you’re planning a trip or just want to add new museums to your mental file cabinet, this section is for you!
While the opportunity to contribute to the blog isn’t new, these updates bring more opportunities to do so! Here’s a list of ways to contribute!
- Get word of an exciting museum event in Boston
- Visit, or hear about, a great museum outside the U.S.
- Visit a museum or new exhibit within the United States
- Read an interesting article related to museums
- Are pondering a topic or issue in the museum field
- Hear about a museum job opening in the U.S.
…send us a message! And of course, if you have other ideas or questions, send us a message for that too!
We’re excited for these changes and hope you are too! Keep your eyes out as they gradually get put into place.
And lastly, THANK YOU for reading, engaging with, and sharing our blog! We love hearing hearing from fellow museum lovers!
The 2018-19 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open and accepting applications for awards in Europe. Scholars may teach and/or conduct research, while collaborating with colleagues, mentoring students, and engaging with their local host communities.
The following awards might interest those interested in museum work:
France: Hauts-de-France Regional Award (Junior Research): museum conservation is among preferred fields
Ukraine: Cultural Resource Management
Jamaica: All Disciplines: museum management among preferred fields
Mongolia: All Disciplines: cultural preservation among preferred fields
For a full list of opportunities available, please visit the catalog of awards. You may also wish to register for one of our upcoming webinars and visit this website.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and the deadline for complete applications is August 1, 2017.
As graduation quickly approaches, I wanted to take a moment to say farewell and introduce you to our new editors. At the end of the month, I will be graduating with a Master of Arts degree in Museum Education. My time at Tufts and with the blog have been a wonderful learning experience (and fun!), and I know myself along with the rest of my cohort have grown in so many ways over the last two years. I have very much enjoyed editing the blog this past year, especially getting to know those of you who have shared your thoughts and ideas with the blog community through comments and guest posts. I am truly thankful that I have had this opportunity, and I am excited to be able to take these experiences with me in the future.
I am very happy to announce that your new blog editors will be Andrea Woodberry and Dominique Marcial! Both will be entering their second year in the Museum Education program. Dominique and Andrea have also written posts for the blog already – you can check out Dominique’s work here and Andrea’s here. While I will be sad to leave the blog, I know it will be in wonderful hands with Andrea and Dominique.
Andrea and Dominique will be taking over the blog at the end of this month. Stay on the lookout for a post from them introducing themselves and telling you all a little more about them!
For those of us in the Boston area, hopefully you are all enjoying this snowy day! First of all, thank you each and every one of you who took the time to complete the recent survey for the Blog. Each of your responses helps us understand what we’re doing well, what you as the reader want out of the blog, and how we can expand into new areas. That said, here are the results of the survey and what new things you can expect to see on the blog in the future:
- Jobs Postings: The overwhelming majority of respondents indicated that jobs postings were the most important category of postings they want to see on the blog. As many of you also indicated that you would like to see the jobs postings categorized by region of the US, going forward the jobs postings will have jobs broken up by region within the posting.
- New Post Series: Many of you indicated that you would like to see new and different post series on the Blog. You also noted that you would like to see more Museums in the News and Professional Development postings. These, as well as a new series called Museum Questions (where we address and discuss interesting and sometimes difficult questions we deal with as museum professionals), will be expanded and/or created in the near future. Keep an eye out!
- Alumni Connections: To maintain our ties with the Tufts Museum Studies alumni out in the world, we’d like to begin doing periodic alumni interviews where we talk about life after grad school, your jobs, and advice for incoming students or emerging museum professionals. If you are an alumni and are interested in being interviewed, please email the blog at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!
Again, thank you to all who responded to the survey and who read the blog weekly. We wouldn’t be here without you!