Prof. Kathryn Metz
This Winter Term will take place at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and the Museum of Natural History in Cleveland, Ohio. Students will visit each site to speak with curators, archivists, conservators and preparators, development and HR staff, educators, and digital technologists. We will investigate the roles of museums in a mid-size city, and explore museum mission statements and their impact on the execution of programming. Students will prepare with readings and written responses before we meet in Oberlin for discussion and conversation with staff at the Allen. Students will stay in Cleveland for five days and experience living in the city in which they will be studying.
- Students will understand the complexities of museum careers. Students will be able to describe the importance of museums and their functions in a mid-sized American city.
- Students will develop a basic understanding how museums can be community assets. Students will understand how to compose a mission statement and its relevance to accessibility of museums to the public.
**This project does not provide the training necessary to enter the Allen Memorial Art Museum docent program. Please see the Practicum in Museum Education for more information on that program.
Number of students:
Admission will be evaluated on a rolling basis.
1/21/2020 - 1/31/2020
Project materials (books, apps, etc.), transportation to and around Cleveland (buses to Cleveland, RTA, Lyft), lodging in Cleveland, lunch and dinner daily, admission to Rock Hall, cultural events in Cleveland (play at Playhouse Square, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Museum of Contemporary Art)