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Overview of WIU-QC Museum Studies for Muscatine Rotary


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I had the wonderful opportunity to speak at the Muscatine, Iowa Rotary yesterday, Monday, November 18, 2013. Here's what I shared.

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Overview of WIU-QC Museum Studies for Muscatine Rotary

  1. 1. Beyond Service Learning: Applied Professional Museum Studies Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Muscatine Rotary November 18, 2013
  2. 2. Program Base: Applied Experiences with Museum Partners  Courses taught at the Figge Art Museum incorporate applied projects in the museum setting.  This is a unique program that offers coursework through the departments of Art, and Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration, at Western Illinois University, working in conjunction with museum professionals at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa. The Figge (originally the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery) opened in 1925. Today, the collections have grown over ten-fold and include more than 3,500 paintings, sculpture, and works on paper from the 16th century to the present. In 2005, the museum launched its next phase of growth: relocation to the heart of downtown Davenport in an 100,000 sq. ft. facility overlooking the Mississippi designed by London architect David Chipperfield. The museum serves as a dynamic laboratory for Museum Studies students.  Partnerships with the Putnam Museum, The Family Museum, the Rock Island Arsenal Museum and others in the region for practicum and internship experiences.
  3. 3. What Do Museum Partnerships Look Like?  Course  Instruction Taught by museum professionals  Practicum/Internship Experiences  Students are paired with museum staff members  Recent    Field Trips Kansas City Chicago Milwaukee  Workshops Minneapolis Des Moines Detroit
  4. 4. Modeling and Mentoring Practice   Students enrolled in practicum, internship, and independent study projects work one-on-one with museum professionals on a variety of museum initiatives. Example projects include:        Curating, design, and installation of the Cell Animation exhibition at the Putnam Museum with Christina Kastell Writing interpretive materials and developing activities for Studio1, drop-in art making studio at Figge Art Museum Developing a Family Gallery Installation at the Figge in the Museum Education class Designing and leading interactive gallery activities at the Family Museum Conducting visitor studies for the Figge Art Museum with staff collaboration Digitizing the Grant Wood Archive at the Figge with Andrew Wallace, registrar Presenting at national and international conferences
  5. 5. Sample: Waxing Poetic – Exploring Art and Poetry
  6. 6. Sample: International Conference of the Inclusive Museum National Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
  7. 7. Sample: Field Trip to Crystal Bridges
  8. 8. Sample: GEMS Installation Workshop
  9. 9. Academic Partners  The program is based in the College of Fine Arts and Communication and the Art Department   Graduate level art history courses Study Abroad programs in collaboration with museum studies    Collaboration across Colleges    New York City Berlin Zoos and Aquaria Certificate/Biology Developing concentration area in MBA WIU-QC Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration teach core and elective courses    Community development and tourism Fundraising and volunteerism Cultural interpretation
  10. 10. Workshop/Portfolio Requirements  Campbell Center Partnership     Another opportunity for professional mentoring WIU scholarships available for 10 students per year ($500 each) Opportunity to study a topic of interest indepth 20 hours of museum-based workshops are required for students to complete the Master’s program   1 workshop credit for every 4 hours of handson learning experience with a museum expert Or completion of one workshop at The Campbell Center Arts Portfolio Assessment: All program museum experiences – courses, practicum/internship, and workshops – lead to the development of a professional portfolio required for graduation
  11. 11. RPTA/Museum Studies Integrated BA/MA    Apply (90 hours; 30 at WIU; 3.25 GPA) Bridge courses (9 hours) Required Courses (6 hours):  RPTA 500/MST 500 Introduction to Museum RPTA 424G Fundraising and Volunteerism  Elective options (3 hours):  RPTA 448G /B Interpretation of Cultural & Environmental Resources  RPTA 460G/B Community Tourism and Development  RPTA 467G/B Special Event 
  12. 12. What Kinds of Jobs Do Our Grads Do? Administrator– Bishop Hill Heritage Association Executive Director – Pella Historical Society Assistant Director/Curator – The German American HistoryCenter Prparator/Exhibit Designer – Historic New Orleans Collection Registrar – Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City Associate Curator – Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum Curator – Amana Colonies Historical Society Director – American Gothic House and Museum Museum Educator – Putnam Museum Preparator – University of Northern Iowa Museums Research Associate – Grout Museum District Associate Registrar – National Mississppi River Museum Owner – Hawkeye Studios (custom art crating/shipping) Special Events Planner – Field Museum Development Officer – Shedd Aquarium Development/Intern Coordinar – Albright-Knox Art Gallery