Professional Development Opportunity: Sustainability in Museums and the Role of the Museum Educator

Next Thursday, October 1, the Greater Boston Museum Educators Roundtable (GBMER) is hosting a “working lunch” at the Concord Museum to talk about green practices in museums and how educators can get involved in the topic. The discussion will be led by Sarah Sutton, author of The Green Museum and Environmental Sustainability at Historic Sites and Museums.

The program will run from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM, and requires an RSVP. For more information, check out the graphic below from the GBMER, or check out their facebook page. 

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Calling All Writers!

Now that fall is starting to get under way (sorry to say), we’d like to put out a call for any students or museum professionals who might want to write a guest post for this blog! Whether you have a vague idea of a topic you are interested in, you have something already written and are looking for a place to make it public, or you’re somewhere in between, we’d love to hear from you! You are also more than welcome to take something you have written for class and transform it into a post. You do not need to be a professional writer to contribute to the blog – Jess and I are happy to help with editing. From one time posts to recurring series, we are open to ideas.

If this sounds like something you are interested in, please email Colleen and Jess, your trusty co-editors, at tuftsmuseumblog[at]gmail[dot]com.

#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.