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“My Intentional Practice” blog competition by Intentional Museum

Calling all Students!  Enter our second “My Intentional Practice” blog competition

Intentional Museum is happy to announce its second student blogging competition!  We believe thattomorrow’s museum professionals will shape and change the field through their unique perspectives and new ideas, and, because of that; there is a lot we can learn from students.  New voices keep us on our toes and encourage us to consider alternate viewpoints.

We think a lot about intentional practice and would like to hear how students think about intentional practice and the impact it can have on the visitor experience.  To that end, we ask that you reflect on the following question: Through your intentional practice, how do you help museums enrich the lives of others?

Perhaps you find joy in drafting a collections care plan, ensuring that objects and artifacts are around for many generations.  Maybe you spend your time thinking about how museums can better use digital opportunities or social media to expand their reach beyond the traditional walls.  From museum education to exhibitions, visitor services to administration, regardless of your focus, we want to hear from you.  We often reflect on our professional experiences on Intentional Museum, but we appreciate the personal connection.  We want your blogs to tell a story, to speak about your experience, and to highlight your unique insight into the museum field.

Guidelines:
·         Bloggers must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree or certificate program and have an interest in museum practice.

·         Blogs should be no longer than 500 words and written in a conversational style.  Avoid jargon and academic language to ensure clarity.

·         You are welcome to share how the work of others has influenced your practice, but this isn’t required.  If you include quotes, be sure to include citations.

·         We have no idea what the winning blogs will look like – if you look through our past posts, you will see we tell stories, share academic insights, and sometimes we are funny.  We want to hear your story, so let your passion show.

·         Check your work carefully for spelling and accuracy.  While no one is perfect, winning blogs will be error free.

·         Email your entry to craig@randikorn.com <mailto:craig@randikorn.com> by5:00pm (EST), Friday, March 13, 2015.

RK&A staff will review all entries and publish the top one or two responses on the Intentional Museum blog.  Winners will be notified and announced at the end of March.  Winning blog posts will be shared with our readers in April and May 2015.  Winners will also receive a copy of one of our favorite museum books, Stephen Weil’s Making Museums Matter, with a personalized note from Randi.

How to Enter:
·         One (1) entry per blogger, please.

·         Send your blog as a Word document attached to an email.

·         Include your name, school, degree program and expected graduation date in the body of the email, with the subject line “Intentional Museum Blog Competition.”

·         Please do not include your name/identifying information as a header to your blog entry.  Each entry will be assigned a number to ensure unbiased review.

·         Email your entry to craig@randikorn.com <mailto:craig@randikorn.com> by5:00pm (EST), Friday, March 13, 2015.


Other Important Information:
·         RK&A reserves the right to edit winning blog entries for content and length.

·         Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond with their contact information for book delivery.

·         Books will only be mailed to those in the United States and will be sent via the US Postal Service no later than May 1, 2015.

·         If a winner does not respond in the allotted timeframe, an alternate winner will take his/her place.

·         Winners will be asked to submit a picture of themselves for publication with their blog.

Still have questions?  Contact us at craig@randikorn.com <mailto:craig@randikorn.com> , or ask in the blog comments!

Emily Craig, Research Associate, RK&A

Learn with us:
On our Website: www.randikorn.com <http://www.randikorn.com/>
On Twitter: @IntentionalMuse <www.twitter.com/IntentionalMuse>
On our blog: www.intentionalmuseum.com <http://intentionalmuseum.com/>

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Happy #MuseumSelfie Day from the History/Museum Studies MA class of 2015!

When everyone in your cohort is in the history department lounge at the same time, you have to document the occasion. We’re not in a museum, but we’ll call it a #museumselfie because it happened on Museum Selfie Day.

 

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Weekly jobs round-ups will be back in 2015

Weekly jobs round-ups will return after the New Year. If you need your job postings fix before then (I completely understand — I’ve been there) here are some museums job boards you can check out:

HireCulture – Jobs in the Humanities in Massachusetts

HistPres – Unique Historic Preservation Jobs

Museum Employment Resource Center

Job HQ – American Association of Museums

American Association of State and Local History Career Center

New England Museum Association Jobs

Associate Education Director [Museum Institute for Teaching Science]

MITS is a not-for profit corporation whose mission is to promote the teaching of participatory, inquiry-based science, mathematics and technology/engineering education at the K-12 levels in partnership with museums and other non-profits. MITS provides Professional Development programs and resources for K-12 formal and informal educators. The Associate Education Director works closely with the Education Director to coordinate and maintain current MITS programs, provide programmatic/administrative support for programs, and assist with developing new initiatives. The position is based in Quincy, MA with some travel throughout Massachusetts. Responsibilities • Develop, implement, and manage Professional Development Institutes for K-12 educators • Assist with development, implementing and managing: -Professional Development Seminar Series for MITS partner organizations -Customized School Services • Organize and present professional development workshops, conference presentations and other opportunities for teachers, museum educators and informal educators • Work with MITS Lead Educators to coordinate logistics, registration, marketing and record keeping for Professional Development Institutes and workshops • Market and promote programs and resources • Assist with mailings, record keeping and other office tasks as required Qualifications • Masters Degree in education, science or related field • Formal and/or informal teaching experience using inquiry based, hands-on methods • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills • Ability to work both independently and in a team • Knowledge of national and Massachusetts education standards and STEM initiatives • Program management experience • Willingness to travel to meetings throughout MA Salary: Commensurate with experience To apply, send cover letter and resume to Sandra Ryack-Bell, Executive Director, MITS, 1354 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02169, 617-328-1515, mits@mits.org. MITS is an equal opportunity employer.Posted on: 11/24/2014

The JFK Presidential Library and Museum’s Exhibit, “To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis” Lends A Voice To The Past

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, located along the waterfront just south of Boston, serves as the nation’s official memorial to John F. Kennedy. The institution boasts an incredible research collection consisting of over 8.4 million pages of paper, approximately 400,000 photographs, thousands of audio recordings, and 8 million feet of film. The museum also features a permanent exhibit that offers a highly immersible experience about JFK’s running for presidency in 1960 and the Kennedy White House years that followed.

I went to the JFK Library and Museum over this past weekend to see their current special exhibition, “To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis.” The exhibit chronicles the daily events and conversations between the President and White House personnel as the Cuban Missile Crisis unfolded. As you travel through the crisis day by day, you get a sense of the gripping intensity faced under the threat of nuclear war, as well as the furious work that went in to preventing it.

Audio recordings throughout the exhibit not only magnify the event but they create a more powerful experience for the exhibit goer in that they add a human element to what otherwise would be an exhibit consisting of text and objects. As you wind through “To the Brink,” you have the opportunity of listening to various conversations between JFK and his advisors, from the initial debriefing on photographic evidence of Soviet missiles present in Cuba, to the President eerily grappling with, and saying, “You’re talking about the destruction of a country.” The recordings give a literal voice to the event and to history from those most close to it.

From jfklibrary.org

Along these lines, the exhibit examines the Cuban Missile Crisis from the perspectives of Nikita Krushchev and Fidel Castro through their own written words as well. This is helpful in that it lends a better look at what is considered to be perhaps the closest call to thermonuclear war in history.

For a total of thirteen days in October of 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis gripped the world. Fifty-two years later, this dramatic exhibition brings you back to those harrowing days as if you were in the midst of the White House deliberations yourself.

 

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is open every day from 9am to 5pm except major holidays.

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