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The Wider World: Getting to Know a New Area

Posted by Tegan Kehoe on June 21, 2014 in The Wider World |

Summer is often a time of change. Many recent graduates of the Tufts Museum Studies program are either already in, or in the process of finding, jobs that will take them to places they have never lived. Many of us are interning somewhere new to us. It’s great!

If museums are community institutions, and I believe they are (or should be), then when museum professionals are new to the community their museum serves, getting to know the neighborhood isn’t just a fun part of a new adventure in life. It’s an essential part of being  engaged and responsible in your new role. Here are some resources for getting to know a new area.

If your new area has a substantial population of a different ethnic background from you, or a significant low-income population, the series of “How Not to Be a Gentrifier” articles that were going around the internet a few months ago can be quite useful, especially if your own background includes racial or economic privilege. The most well-known and perhaps “original” version of this article refers specifically to Oakland, California. For a more generally applicable version, I recommend the one on Alternet. Both were written by Dannette Lambert.

Image by RedJar on Flickr, some rights reserved.

Image by RedJar on Flickr, some rights reserved.

Believe it or not, Mashable has some pretty good tips for putting your finger on the pulse of a new area, especially if it’s a city – Some of these are common sense, but when you’re dealing the the day-to-day details of living in a new place, like, “when’s trash day again?” it can be nice to have a list like this to help you remember the resources available to you for the more fun stuff.

While digging up resources for this post, I also noticed a number of common recommendations:
- Explore on foot or by bicycle to really get to know the place.

- Explore by public transit, even if you have a car.
- Take a guided walking tour offered by a community organization, another museum, or even a local hostel or hotel.
- Join local mailing lists or online communities.
I also loved one gem I only saw in one article. The rest of the article wasn’t very good, so I’m paraphrasing the best of it: read fiction set in your new area and written by locals. If possible, read local poetry, look at local art, listen to local music, and watch local films as well.
Have you moved to a new area recently, or do you have memories of getting to know a new place that you want to share? What are your recommendations? Feel free to chime in in the comments!

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Weekly Jobs Round-Up!

Posted by Tegan Kehoe on June 15, 2014 in jobs listings |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting!

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The Changing of the Guard

Posted by Tegan Kehoe on June 15, 2014 in blog news |
Congratulations to our outgoing blog manager, Phillippa Pitts, who graduated from Tufts with a Master’s in Art History and Museum Studies this spring.

Regular readers of the blog will know me, Tegan, as the author of the monthly column “The Wider World.” I’m going to be managing the blog this year. As in the past, you can send questions, inquiries about doing a column or guest post, and other communication that you don’t want to just leave in the comments to me at tuftsmuseumblog@gmail.com. Of course, if you have a response to a post here, you are always welcome to leave a comment.

As many of the students who have contributed to the blog this past year have now graduated, now’s an excellent time to get involved with the blog if you are interested! Shoot me an email if you want to write a guest post or a column. You can write columns weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or on a schedule you propose. You can share column-writing duties with another student interested in the same topic, or do your own thing. Drop me a line!

Tegan

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Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Tegan Kehoe on June 8, 2014 in jobs listings, Uncategorized |

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. As always, they go up immediately on their own page. Happy hunting!

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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 Sunday, June 1, 11:00 – 5:00 pm. The tour showcases over 200 years of change in residential styles from the first brick house built in Lexington, to mid-19th Century summer estates, to a contemporary condominium. Advance tickets are $20 members/$25 non-members. Visit lexingtonhistory.org for more information.

 

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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!

 

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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.

To learn more, read the PDF job description here.

 

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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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