Graduate Student Lecturer Positions at the MFA

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 11, 2014 in jobs listings, professional development |

I’m excited, and sad, to forward this announcement. The MFA runs a paid program for a few graduate students per year to give tours in the galleries. For the past year, I’ve been one of these lecturers. The program is a fantastic opportunity to work not only with a diverse and fascinating set of visitors but also with two incredible educators, Brooke DiGiovanni-Evans, Head of Gallery Learning and Barbara Martin, Barbara and Theodore Alfond Curator of Education.

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Museum Blogging Competition

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 10, 2014 in professional development |

Here’s an exciting opportunity for current students (sorry alumni) to enter a competition for museum bloggers sponsored by Randi Korn & Associates. The deadline is April 1, so take some time and get your writing ready!

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Weekly Jobs Round-Up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 9, 2014 in jobs listings |

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



The Wider World: Organic Collaborations

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 4, 2014 in The Wider World |

by columnist Tegan Kehoe

This weekend, I went on a creative retreat of sorts, an annual event that I love. Two and a half days of intense time in a community I care about, several hundred friends and strangers in a hotel, being silly and collaborative, telling great stories and sharing what we’ve made. It’s one of the few points of connection I have with how I spent my non-work time before grad school. It’s a convention for Live Action Role-Playing, or LARP, which is a little like what those murder mystery dinner party in a box games would be if they weren’t so often thin and hokey.

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Upcoming Event: Customer Service and the Museum Educator

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 4, 2014 in professional development |

The Greater Boston Museum Educators’ Roundtable is sponsoring a professional development event on March 13, 2014, from 1-4pm at Danforth Art.

Join colleagues for a discussion of how best

practices in customer service outside of the

museum field can be used to enhance the visitor

experience when applied cross-departmentally. A

panel including staff members from the Children’s

Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the MIT

Museum will consider the unique relationship

between museums’ Visitor Services and Education

departments and explore the benefits and

challenges of hybrid staff structures. Educators

will leave with a newfound understanding of what

a truly visitor-centered museum can look like and

practical ideas to implement at their own


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Weekly Jobs Round-Up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 21, 2014 in jobs listings |

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



Write for AAM’s EdCom!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 20, 2014 in professional development |

Current Tufts graduate student Barbara Palmer is putting out the call on behalf of AAM’s EdCom, the Alliance’s educator professional affinity group.

Calling You!

As your bimonthly newsletter, we want to hear from you!  Want to highlight events at your museum or in your community?  Is there a burning issue you want to bring to the attention of your colleagues?  Or do you have some thoughts to share on museums and museum education?  Let us know!  Email your opinion pieces to edcomweb@gmail.com for inclusion in the newsletter, and we’ll share your ideas with the museum education community.

If you have questions or need help with your submission, you can reach out to Barbara at bpalmer[at]longyear.org.



Science in Museums: The Circle of Life

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 19, 2014 in Science in Museums |

by columnist Jenna Conversano

Hi all – I’m Jenna, a new Science in Museums columnist, with a particular interest in biology, zoos, and aquariums.

The “hot item” in the news last week was the euthanasia of Marius, a two year-old giraffe at the Copenhagen Zoo, followed by a massive uproar across the web. If you somehow missed this news story, here is a short recap: the Copenhagen Zoo euthanized their two year-old male giraffe with a shotgun on February 7th. The giraffe’s genes were overrepresented in the EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquariums) population and would present an inbreeding risk. Other options—such as sending to a non-EAZA zoo or private individual—were not considered viable. After Marius’s death, zoo staff led a public dissection of the giraffe, followed by visible feeding of the giraffe to its lions. The EAZA executive director, Leslie Dickie, published a statement via CNN fully supporting the Copenhagen Zoo’s actions. The AZA, while itself operating under a firm contraceptive policy, has also been supportive.

One point to consider here, in terms of this column, is whether the Copenhagen Zoo’s culminating actions—the dissection and feeding—was a step towards transparency and the furthering of public science or a misstep in the public perception of zoos.

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MIT’s List Art Center needs your help this Vacation Week!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 18, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Here’s the call from Campus & Community Outreach Coordinator Courtney Klemens for volunteers to help with the List Art Center’s School Vacation Week programs. Their biggest need is Wednesday morning, but the full schedule of activities is below. If you’d like to volunteer, contact Courtney at cklemens@mit.edu.

 Family Week at the List

Tuesday, February 18 through Friday, February 21

Full shifts: 11 to 4 pm, or, Half-shifts: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and 1:30 to 4:30 pm)

  • Facilitate hands-on artmaking projects with children
  • Create example artworks
  • Help with clean up and set up
  • Looking for an engaging storyteller for Wednesday Feb 19
  • Free lunch!


Weekly Jobs Round-up!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 14, 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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