From a crowd sourced spreadsheet illuminating the disparity of museum staff salaries, and the Association of Art Museum Directors calling for an end to unpaid internships, to the Guggenheim’s a successful union drive by the art handlers, the conversation around the mistreatment of employees and low wages is growing in urgency and voices. [The New York Times]
Artist Billie Grace Lynn discusses how her work focuses racial injustice and gets candid about her voice on this issue as a white woman from Alexandria, Louisiana. The interactive and immersive exhibition on display at the Lowe Art Museum features a 30-foot sculpture of a black hoodie that visitors can enter and a scale model of the Washington Monument made up of mirrors that can rotate 360 degrees.
The exhibition Billy Grace Lynn: A House Divided is available at the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami from June 20 – September 15, 2019. [WLRN]
The collaborative efforts of Rail Curatorial Projects and Colby College Museum of Art focus on dire environmental issues and climate change. The exhibition Occupy Colby: Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale That Society Has the Capacity to Destroy, Year 2 is available July 20, 2019 – January 5, 2020 at the Colby College Museum of Art. [Brooklyn Rail]
The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) has approved a resolution to call on museum to pay their interns. There are exceptions for some programs that provide course credit. [Hyperallergic]
A recent article in PLOS ONE analyzed data from 18 major museums to find that 85% of artists are white and 87% are men. [PLOS ONE]
A google spreadsheet has been circulating throughout the museum world allowing people to share salary figures and demographics anonymously. [artnews]
RAAMP Coffee Gathering: Engaging Educators in Art Museum Galleries
Our latest Coffee Gathering was with Dana Carlisle Kletchka, an Assistant Professor of Art Museum Education in the Department of Arts Administration, Education, and Policy at The Ohio State University. Her research areas include post-critical art museum education theory; professional development for PreK–12 teachers in art museum contexts; the use of social media and digital technologies on interpretation and engagement in the art museum; and the professional positionality of art museum educators within the profound paradigmatic shift of art museums over the last 40 years. In 2015, she was awarded the National Art Education Association’s Art Educator of the Year for the Museum Education division.
Over the past 20 years, she held professional education positions as Curator of Education at the Palmer Museum of Art at The Pennsylvania State University, as an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the School of Visual Arts, and as co-director of the Summer Institute of Contemporary Art (SICA), a joint project of SoVA and the Palmer Museum of Art. She was also the Coordinator of Docent and Interpretive Programs at The Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK, and a Curatorial Intern in Art Museum Education at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
She is the co-editor and co-author of the recently published book Professional Development in Art Museums: Strategies of Engagement Through Contemporary Art with B. Stephen Carpenter, II.
Professional Development in Art Museums: Strategies of Engagement Through Contemporary Art explores the research and practice of professional development for preK-12 teachers in art museums, with emphasis on curricular possibilities, conceptual considerations, historical precedents, learner-centered teaching, critical teaching strategies, and communities of practice. Three sections fill this book with examples, strategies, and possibilities for educators interested in enriching teaching and learning in conversation with the art and issues of our times.
In this innovative anthology, co-editors Dana Carlisle Kletchka and B. Stephen Carpenter, II have compiled translations and examinations of theory and practice at the intersection of collaborative professional development, art museums, and contemporary art. To this end, a diverse group of art educators and art museum educators add to a growing body of knowledge about the purposeful reflections and dialogues, inspiring curricula, and innovative pedagogies that inform professional development experiences in art museum contexts.
See LaTanya Autry (@artstuffmatters) on issues of social justice and museums
Art museum education specializations situated in art education programs at major universities and their contacts:
The Ohio State University—Dr. Dana Carlisle Kletchka
The Florida State University—Dr. Pat Villeneuve and Dr. Ann Rowson Love
Teacher’s College at Columbia University—Olga Hubard
University of North Texas—Dr. Laura Evans
Summer Institute on Contemporary Art at Penn State (SICA):
Dr. B. Stephen Carpenter, faculty in charge
Dr. Olivia Gude, former visiting scholar: http://www.saic.edu/profiles/faculty/olivia-gude
Dr. Terry Barrett, former visiting scholar: http://terrybarrettosu.com/
In honor of Women’s History Month, GEMM released a new white paper “Museums as a Pink-Collar Profession: The Consequences and How to Address Them.” Read the paper in full here.
A new survey indicates a slight increase in museum leadership since 2015. [Hyperallergic]
Arizona State University Art Museum has announced that it has secured a $125,000 grant through the Art for Justice Fund. This grant will allow the museum to continue to fight for meaningful and lasting criminal justice reform by conducting research for an exhibition titled “Undoing Time: A Visual History of Incarceration” and related public programs by the museum’s director, Miki Garcia, and curators Heather Sealy Lineberry and Julio Cesar Morales. (ASU)
To read more about the Art for Justice Fund and the 2018 fall recipients: https://artforjusticefund.org/2018-fall-grant-recipients-announced/