Assistant Curator for Youth & Family Programs – Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Full Time

Reporting to the Director of Museum Education, the Assistant Curator for Youth and Family Programs provides vision for and implements activities, materials and programs designed to serve family and youth audiences. S/he works to leverage program impact and expand museum audiences through collaboration with the KIA’s Kirk Newman Art School; maintains and develops relationships with external constituencies: area pre-K-12 school community and other community organizations serving youth and families. S/he will be a leader in promoting the value of arts education offered by the KIA in building college/career skills for children and youth.

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor's degree in Art Education, Art History, Museum Studies or Fine/Studio Art and experience as a teacher; Master's degree preferred. Familiarity and training in the VTS methodology highly desired.
  • Minimum 2 years proven leadership experience as teacher and/or administrator in a school or museum setting, along with the strong writing, verbal, and public speaking skills needed for interacting with parents, educators, volunteers, museum staff and other constituencies.
  • Effective project management, organizational, teaching, and research skills, along with a sound knowledge of art history and current trends in classroom and museum teaching strategies.
  • Aptitude for detail and ability to work both independently as well as in a team setting to develop programs and materials.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Access, social media platforms and design software is required.

Family Programs: Provide leadership and staff support for family programs that promote visual literacy and literacy skills throughout the entire KIA organization. Support volunteer program leaders, securing volunteers and guest speakers/artists, providing supplies requested, arranging facility logistics, promotion of programs for Art Detectives programs and others. Propose/create materials to enhance KIA visits such as Family Guides, on-line materials, interpretive labels, and workshops for parents and other materials to introduce the KIA to family audiences. Be or become a trained VTS facilitator. Convene and run Parent Advisory group to advise on services and programs for families. Offer VTS workshops to parent groups and Art School faculty.

PreK-12 Tours: Enhance school partnerships through outreach to teachers, principals and administrators. Ensure tour content and educator resources align with PreK-12 curricula for school tours, ArtLab tours, and pre-school tours. Work with Curator of Education to develop content and teaching/learning experiences for school tours. Coordinate potential Visual Thinking Strategy (VTS) pilot program in school setting. Tasks include marketing to and communicating with schools and organizations, managing all aspects of tour reservation process and providing excellent service to customers, coordinating tour information and schedule for various internal staff, creating educator materials to support tour programs. Coordinate future VTS program training and evaluation.

Annual Young Artists of Kalamazoo County Exhibition: Celebrate the importance of art in schools through an exhibition of artwork by 50+ K-8 Kalamazoo County schools. Tasks include communicating with schools, creating appropriate forms and promotional flyers, organizing pick-up and drop-off of materials and artwork, coordinating and assisting with installation, organizing receptions, coordinating de-installation and art work return.

Annual Juried Teen Exhibitions: Offer the teens an opportunity to share art and films at annual Teen Filmmaker Competition and High School Area Show. event coordination, assisting exhibition installation, jury process, and promotion.

Upjohn Mason Grandchildren Interactive Gallery: Develop activities and tools for families to enjoy art viewing together and build visual literacy skills. Tasks include developing new activities and materials for family & youth visitors and maintaining the space.

Outreach: Develop and maintain partnerships with community organizations serving youth and families. Coordinate a traveling exhibition for KRESA Education for the Arts, the KIA's artGirls program, and other offsite youth and family programs. Create/support symposia and professional development opportunities for schools and education community.

Program Evaluation: Devise and implement evaluation tools to measure program effectiveness of museum education programs in meeting goals and audience needs. Provide information, reports and statistics needed for grant applications and reports.

Qualified candidates should forward a resume and cover letter detailing how your experience relates to this position to with Assistant Curator in the subject line or by mail to Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. No phone calls please. Applications close Friday, February 24.

Posted on the MMA website 2/1.

 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Michigan Museums Association       313-334-7643       PO Box 5246, Cheboygan, MI 49721

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