#MuseumWorkersSpeak: Boston Edition

#MuseumWorkersSpeak, one of the results of the rouge session on museum activism at AAM’s Atlanta conference this year, is meeting up in metro-Boston for the first time on Wednesday, June 24th, from 6:30 to 8:30. The group conversation and potluck is at 17 Tudor St, Cambridge, MA 02139

From the facebook event page:

Join fellow museum professionals and non-profit workers for an action-oriented discussion about applying a social justice lens to labor practices at mission-driven institutions. We’ll be discussing privilege, power, racism, sexism, classism, fair wages, leadership, graduate programs, unpaid internships, and any issue that you raise at the meeting.

You may have heard of the Museum Workers Speak rogue session at the American Alliance of Museums conference in Atlanta or participated in the ongoing Twitter chats. So far there are has been a subsequent conversation in D.C. and another scheduled for the end of this month in Chicago to continue the conversation regionally. This will be the first MWS discussion held here in Boston.

We’ll be meeting at Wistia near Central Square. Street parking is free after 6pm. Feel free to bring snacks to share, potluck style.

See you there! Please direct questions to Margaret Middleton: margaret.k.middleton@gmail.com

Museum Workers Speak Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/MuseumWorkersSpeak

Article from the Center for the Future of Museums: http://futureofmuseums.blogspot.com/2015/06/unsafe-ideas-building-museum-worker.html

Hope to see you there!

Announcing a Summer Session Course: Black and Native New England (open to non-Tufts students as well!)

AMER 180C/ HIST 173/ AFR 147B:

Black and Native New England

2015 Summer Session 2 (Mon/ Wed 9:00-12:30 PM)

Kendra Field, Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies

 

“You have to know your history. Then you’ll have a purposeful presence in the world.” – August Wilson

This course offers a place-based study of African American, Native American, and black Indian experiences within and beyond New England. Using biography, family history, historical monographs, film, and walking tours, we will examine African and Native American lives from the colonial period through the twentieth century. Moving chronologically, we will consider experiences of colonial settlement and Native American conquest; racial slavery and the transition from slavery to freedom; sovereignty and civil rights struggles. Finally, we will examine the public history and memorialization of African, Native American, and black Indian experiences within and beyond New England.

 

For registration information, please visit  http://ase.tufts.edu/summer/registration.asp

 

AMER 180C/ HIST 173/ AFR 147B:

Black and Native New England

2015 Summer Session 2 (Mon/ Wed 9:00-12:30 PM)

Kendra Field, Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies

Institute for Curatorial Practice Summer Program

The Institute for Curatorial Practice is a 5-week intensive summer program running from June 8 to July 10, 2015 at Hampshire College, focused on the practice of curation: material, digital, and imaginary. At the Institute for Curatorial Practice students investigate and implement contemporary modes of curation, combining new media technologies and experimental methods with the direct study of collections in distinguished museums and archives. Our emphasis is on the acquisition of critical, theoretical, historical, and digital skills, while developing imaginative and conceptual strategies for the exhibition of objects, images, sounds, structures, films, sites, texts, and artifacts. Our program begins with an introduction to the history of museums, collections, and curating alongside an examination of diverse objects, display techniques, and museum careers through site visits to world-renowned museums in the Five College consortium (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst). We then examine new directions in curatorial studies, focusing on current explorations in contemporary practice, issues of exhibiting across cultures, and new media platforms. ??Following these introductory weeks, students work in teams to develop exhibitions online and for Hampshire’s digital projection gallery. Using one object from the Five College Museum collections as a catalyst, students develop an exhibition inspired by that object, developing a thematic concept, selecting additional works and texts, articulating a curatorial argument, and acquiring permissions. Student teams will focus on curatorial writing, research, marketing, design, and installation.
Qualifications:
The Institute for Curatorial Practice is open to undergraduate, graduate, and post-B.A. students from any concentration, major, or area of interest. Our program is fiercely interdisciplinary and will be of interest to students of art and architectural history, cultural studies, public history, philosophy, and literature, as well as the history of science and technology. Some understanding of advanced research methods and analytical writing skills is a plus.
How To Apply:
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Only completed applications are reviewed. Applicants must submit a 1-2 page proposal detailing how the summer program fits into your academic and future plans; an unofficial transcript from your home institution; and the names and email addresses of two references. More information on the program and application at icp.hampshire.edu. Apply at https://thehub.hampshire.edu/summer/index.cgi?&SP_m=SPRDET&SP_s=115.
Apply by:
May 01, 2015
About this Organization:
The Institute for Curatorial Practice is a 5-week intensive summer program at Hampshire College focused on the practice of curation: material, digital, and imaginary. At the Institute for Curatorial Practice students investigate and implement contemporary modes of curation, combining new media technologies and experimental methods with the direct study of collections in distinguished museums and archives. Our emphasis is on the acquisition of critical, theoretical, historical, and digital skills, while developing imaginative and conceptual strategies for the exhibition of objects, images, sounds, structures, films, sites, texts, and artifacts.

 

Program in New England Studies scholarships available

Each year, Historic New England presents the Program in New England Studies, an intensive learning experience with lectures by curators and architectural historians, workshops, and behind-the-scenes tours of Historic New England’s properties and collections, as well as of other museums and private homes in the region.


 Do note they have several scholarships, including one specifically for candidates from diverse cultural backgrounds. Scholarships are available for graduate students, mid-career museum professionals  or preservationists to attend the program. Contact Ken Turino at kturino@historicnewengland.org for more information.

For more information: http://www.historicnewengland.org/events-programs/program-in-new-england-studies

EMKI Open House for Musuem professionals and Museum Studies students

A Dynamic Laboratory for Our Democracy, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is designed to bring the history of the United States Senate alive – using technology to engage and inspire like never before. The Institute features a representation of the United States Senate Chamber, interactive exhibits, and a reproduction of Senator Kennedy’s office. The Institute is located in Boston on Columbia Point, next to the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.

Sneak Peak for Museum Professionals Staff, volunteers, and interns from local

museums and cultural organizations are welcome to a free visitor preview.

» Wednesday, March 4, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

» Refreshments will be provided

» Located directly next door to the JFK

Library, accessible via MBTA

» Please RSVP by email to:

programs@emkinstitute.org

 

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