Free Webinars in May

Online Portfolios for Museum Professionals

May 6, 2:00-3:00pm (Mountain Time)

Having an online portfolio is becoming increasingly common in the museum field, but is it right for you? In this presentation, we will discuss how a portfolio can be a great asset for your career. We will explore ways to gather content and start building your own portfolio. We’ll also look at examples of different portfolio styles, as well as a case study on how a hiring committee interacted with a portfolio during the application process. You’ll leave with specific strategies on how to set up a portfolio to reflect your best work based on your audience and professional goals.

Panelists: Ashley Muggli, Collections Assistant, University of Colorado-Boulder Museum of Natural History

Jesse Dutton-Kenny, Museum Preparator, San Francisco International Airport Museum

Dominique Alhambra, Anthropology Collections Manager, Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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Apply Stronger: Resumes and Cover Letters

May 15, 1:00-2:00pm (Mountain Time)

Landing a new job is an age-old challenge, faced by individuals entering the museum field as well as seasoned professionals. Come learn concrete and practical tips to polish your resume and cover letter so you can get a seat at the interview table in this competitive museum job environment.

Presenters: Caitlin Rumery, Assistant Registrar/Traveling Exhibitions, Denver Art Museum

Christina Cain, Anthropology Collections Manager, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

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Applying Basic Interpretive Principles to Written Communications and Program Development

May 20, 2:00-3:30pm (Mountain Time)

Museums continually face many new challenges. How can we design museum programs and messages for today’s world? In this session, we will brush up on the basic principles of interpretation and examine how to apply them to create mission-based programs and museum communications.

Written communication occurs daily from museums – Facebook posts, Website information, donor letters, exhibit texts, and so much more.  When these are approached using the principles of interpretation, we see greater engagement with visitors and supporters. Try your hand at an interpretive approach to these common communication forms.

We all want to create museum programs that matter to our communities. The principles of interpretation can help educators from any museum create relevant, mission-based programs. Learn practical tools for using interpretive principles to plan and implement programs.

Wrap up this session with an explanation of the interpretive certification programs through the National Association for Interpretation.  You will find out what the categories are, how to enroll, requirements, and the value of adding the course contents to your toolbox of museum skills.

Presenters: Karin Hostetter, Owner/Trainer/Writer, Interpret This

Katherine Mercier, Certified Interpretive Guide Trainer, Museum Education Coordinator, Town of Windsor Museums

Emily Jacobs, Certification and Training Program Manager, National Association for Interpretation

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