Art 496: Henry Art Liaison Internship
Meeting Time: TBD
Location: Henry Art Gallery, dependent on COVID-19 safety protocols
The first quarter of a three-quarter paid internship program, this course uses the lenses of equity, decolonization of museum spaces, and collaborative learning to introduce selected students from all majors to the work of contemporary art interpretation and community engagement within the museum setting. Building on the idea that everyone’s life and learning can be enriched through dialogue with contemporary art practices, students in this program will receive mentorship and training to eventually lead dynamic and community-centered engagements that offer multiple pathways for school and student groups, families, and the general public to connect with the museum’s exhibitions. Enjoining classroom study with professional development opportunities, students will investigate and practice strategies in visitor engagement and museum education, exploring both general issues related to art interpretation and education, as well as specific applications to current exhibitions. Weekly meetings with the program lead will include classroom discussion, tour development and practice, visits with Henry staff and other guest interlocutors, as well as one-on-one advising.
Gallery training and tours: In addition to weekly class meetings, interns are expected to commit to additional hours each week for tour preparation and practice and other onsite, course-related activities for a total of six hours per week.
A maximum of 8 students will be admitted to this program. Students in all majors are encouraged to apply. Please email your letter of interest, résumé (may include past and current coursework), and list of 3 faculty or professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 20. Students who take this course will earn two credits per quarter that count toward degree completion.