No matter how old we get, we’re always analyzing, categorizing, and digesting new information. Life-long learning has become a tenant in modern museum practice, and it’s one of the hallmark reasons I support these hallowed institutions.
Culture and society has interested me from an early age (I used to rent out stacks of books on Ancient Egypt in Elementary School, what a NERD). Pursuing two Bachelor degrees, one in Art History, the other in History was a natural progression in my life, and so was obtaining my Masters in Museum Studies. Museums, in my mind, are the best way to feel like I’m a part of active history telling. Museums show history, they recite history, they bring history to life.
The majority of my work has been in collections. I’ve served in positions auditing, processing, handling, packing, and framing objects, as well as working with systems such as TMS and Mimsy. In the future I hope to focus on my collections and registrar experience.
Throughout the years I’ve worked at Mission San Luis Historical Site, the State Archives of Florida, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Cartoon Museum, MoDA, The Ringling, and the Brent Museum and Archives.
I have a special place in my heart for archives. Two of my most formative experiences has been working with documents. I’ve seen how archives run in high patron traffic institutions, like the State Archives of Florida, to low traffic archives, where the focus is on digital accessibility rather than in-person patronage.
Within archives I’ve digitized over 160 Circus Route books (funded by the CLIR grant), and over 100 archaeological site maps. Both projects landed heavily on post-processing work. While in college I worked part time clerking, and took a graduate level course on archival studies.
Social media engagement and communications came naturally to my work within museums, as it has had such a focus in my personal life. I’ve championed social media at several of the museums I’ve worked with, hoping that institutions see the merits of digital engagement.
For my master’s dissertation I wrote on how museums currently use YouTube. I’ve created a video series on the collections at the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, as well as marketing videos for the Cartoon Museum. At the Brent Museum I consulted on ways to engaged visitors through socials for an exhibition on Ganesha.