MWCC Art Club, Art Museum Careers, Fitchburg Art Museum Panel 3/31/21

Panel: Director, Nick Capasso; Director of Education, Laura Howick; Curator, Lauren Szumita; President, Board of Trustees and current MWCC Art student, Sue Roetzer; MWCC Art alumnus, Dylan Safford Resources: FAM’s Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft: https://fitchburgartmuseum.org/regional-exhibition/ Community Art Stewards…

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Panel: Director, Nick Capasso; Director of Education, Laura Howick; Curator, Lauren Szumita; President, Board of Trustees and current MWCC Art student, Sue Roetzer; MWCC Art alumnus, Dylan Safford

Resources:

FAM’s Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft: https://fitchburgartmuseum.org/regional-exhibition/

Community Art Stewards Program: https://newvuecommunities.org/leadership-training/

New England Museum Association (NEMA):https://nemanet.org/

NEMA Jobs: https://nemanet.org/resources/career-center/nema-jobs/

Hire Culture: https://www.hireculture.org/

Folks interested in FAM’s docent program can contact Docent Director Ann Descoteaux at adescoteaux@fitchburgartmuseum.org

FAM’s Community Gallery program, exhibitions created by local schools, community groups, and artist organizations. The MWCC Art Club could organize a student show! Here are the guidelines: https://fitchburgartmuseum.org/community-gallery/

Please remind the students of my invitation for a private museum tour for the Art Club. So happy to connect your students with THEIR MUSEUM! Nick

Careers in Art Museums
Below is a partial listing of some of the key jobs in art, history, or science museums. You will notice that most museum jobs require excellent writing, speaking, organizing, and people skills. Internships (paid or unpaid) are usually a prerequisite for most of the professional-level jobs below.

Director – Leads the museum, oversees all senior level staff, creates and oversees budget, works with the Board of Trustees on long-range planning and fund-raising.

Education needed: A Masters degree, sometimes a PhD. Degree, usually in the subject area of the museum.

Skills needed: Leadership, management, strategic planning, financial, interpersonal, fund-raising, writing, and speaking. Ability to conceptualize and plan goals for the organization, and lead teams to achieve those goals.

Curator – Conceptualizes and produces exhibitions, writes catalog and label information, identifies art or historical artifacts outside of the museum’s collection for possible acquisition or exhibition, oversees loans of objects to and from the museum, gives lectures, suggests conservation, manages budgets. Researches the collection (art, historical artifacts, etc.).

Education needed: A Masters degree, sometimes a PhD. Degree, in art history (or history or science)

Skills needed: Organizing, planning, writing and speaking, thorough knowledge of art history, studio art techniques, or historical artifacts, conservation practices, knowledge of museum ethics, ability to conceptualize and produce exhibitions, good people skills.

Jobs related to the Curatorial Department: Collections Manager; Exhibition Preparator

Museum Educator – Conceptualizes, writes, organizes, and implements public programs, classes, and interpretive materials for museum visitors; trains museum guides (docents) to give tours (and might give tours also). May also coordinate studio art classes. Manages budgets. Researches art, art history, and/or history.

Education needed: A Masters degree in the subject area of the museum, Education, and/or Museum Studies.

Skills needed: Knowledge of child and adult development, knowledge of art history and studio art techniques (or history or science), knowledge of learning theories (pedagogy), and teaching experience. Administrative and budgeting skills, excellent writing and speaking skills, good people skills. Often need to write press releases and other publicity materials. Knowledge of how to get brochures printed helpful.

Director of Development – Raises money for the museum’s budget.

Education needed: B.A. or Masters degree in Business or other subject with practical experience in fund-rasising.

Skills needed: Excellent people, financial, and administration skills. Knowledge of how to write grants, seek out and create positive relations with potential donors, and convince people, businesses, and foundations to give money to the museum. Knowledge of how to use database systems.

Director of Public Relations/Marketing – Publicizes the museum through all media: advertising, press releases, the website, social media, etc. Oversees all printed documents that are produced for the public.

Education needed: B. A. or Masters in Communications, English, or other subject with practical experience in marketing/publicity.

Skills needed: Excellent writing, people, marketing, graphic design, and organizing. Must know how to use social media, write press releases, and design and update websites. Ability to cultivate positive relations with the press, public, and potential funders.

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