Museum Education


Associate Curator of Education School/Family Services
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
July 2004 – February 2005

  • Developed a mission statement for the Education Department within the scope of the museum’s overall mission
  • Promoted museum Education Department mission through public speaking at local school district special session, historical society and parent group meetings outlining how curricular needs would be met
  • Generated museum visits and partnerships with community organizations
  • Strengthened revenue base relationships within the community
  • Effectively used integrated arts to deliver content standards
  • Amended program design and budgetary needs based on data analysis of audience participation, community sponsorship and available grant funding
  • Managed budget for family, school and outreach programs
  • Re-organized, inventoried and ordered supplies, within budget, for outreach programs and museum school for efficient access and inventory control
  • Recommended bequest funds be used to purchase printing press for museum school
  • Designed school/family outreach tours and taught post tour visual art enhancement lessons connecting museum exhibits or used cultural themed lessons, based in national art curriculum standards for Dose of Art Tours, Kids Open Art Studio, and hands/ON!
  • Increased Sunday outreach program, hands/ON!, attendance by 50%
  • Collaborated with Spirit of Artown, a city sponsored children’s summer and holiday program
  • Initiated Senior Caregiver tour and art activity; giving caregivers a much needed respite
  • Coordinated Scholastic Art Awards state wide program; promoted entries, selected jurors, organized award ceremony, solicited scholarship funding
  • Organized Career Night for high school students: art professionals presented realistic goals for a future in the arts
  • Revised on-line tour messaging and streamlined tour registration
  • Scheduled school and family tours
  • Successfully increased public school Dose of Art student tour attendance by 25% while increasing diversity of schools participation
  • Offered age appropriate curriculum support to parents and teachers
  • Educated docents on educational philosophies aiding in their ability to convey visual literacy, art history and art concepts to any age group during a tour or workshop
  • Supervised and evaluated docents regarding; student safety, adherence to museum education department mission and standards, tour and lesson understanding and implementation and behavior management
  • Established guideline to be followed for researching individual artists/exhibits based in factual evidence, historical influences and the elements and principles of design. This formula became a reliable constant to follow for docent training purposes. Created an intern position for the fact finding and documenting of the research
  • Put into practice all written correspondence in English and Spanish
  • Partnered with Reno Housing Authority to increase participation of underserved Latino population
  • Mentored and recommended the hire of education assistant to write and implement age appropriate lesson plans, tied to specific artist/exhibit, creating an example as a visual aid, and being cognizant of student safety
  • Gave personalized tours to teachers to front-load classroom learning exercises in preparation for museum visit

Education Coordinator
Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell, MT
April 2002 – December 2003

  • Designed and taught Pupil Instruction Related (PIR) class for Montana teacher certificate renewal credit; Integrating the Museum as a Classroom Learning Resource
  • Introduced Home School students, ages 6-14, to different media via the elements & principles of design
  • Taught Super Saturday classes, ages 6-12, using different cultural art forms
  • Taught adult classes in paper marbling and batik
  • Solicited and coordinated regional artists with specific areas of expertise to teach adult classes in diverse media
  • Recruited sponsor for Senior Tour and Tea program
  • Reconditioned classroom and education office to provide a safe, organized, and spacious work place
  • Played integral role as docent for school and senior tours
  • Promoted and attained school memberships
  • Organized and cataloged museum’s permanent collection; temporary stand-in registrar
  • Supported the museum through membership and participation in annual fundraising auction of artwork