Middlebury College Museum of Art

Teaching & Learning

Museum Assistants Program (MAP)

The volunteer Museum Assistants Program (MAP) trains students to lead tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions for school groups, peers, and the general public. In addition, students gain useful skills and knowledge in several areas, including communications and public speaking, art and art history, and public programming. Assistants combine valuable community service with a unique and exciting opportunity to support and learn more about the arts. Museum assistants are required to attend weekly meetings at the Museum and complete two hours of independent study or research weekly.

In addition, students involved in the MAP program now have the opportunity to receive course credits related to their participation. Students who enroll in Supervised Independent Work in Museum Studies (HARC 0540) will be advised by the Curator of Education of the Art Museum and by a member of the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, and will produce a paper or curate a public presentation.

Note: Students are recruited in the spring for the academic year beginning in September.

Museum Assistants Program I, September 2015–April 2016

This fall, the Middlebury College Museum of Art will begin the eighteenth year of the Museum Assistants Program (MAP). This program is seeking students to participate in the Museum’s education programs for families and school groups. Museum Assistants will be trained to assist with school tours and occasional weekend programs for families. During weekly meetings, staff and guest speakers will discuss topics ranging from the history of museum education to the installation of an exhibition.

This volunteer program will give participants an inside glimpse at how a museum functions and a chance to work closely with Museum staff. In addition, students will gain useful skills and knowledge in several areas, including communications and public speaking, art and art history, and public programming. Assistants will combine valuable public service with a unique and exciting opportunity to support and learn more about the arts.

All Museum Assistants will be required to attend weekly meetings on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. at the Middlebury College Museum of Art located in the Mahaney Center for the Arts, beginning September 22. You will need to schedule two additional hours a week to do independent study or research, to prepare for or give tours, or to do other activities connected with your work at the Museum. Students do not have to be art majors to participate, but they must have completed at least one of the following classes: HARC 100 Monuments and Ideas in Western Art  or HARC 102 Monuments and Ideas in Asian Art.

Museum Assistants Program II, September 2015–April 2016

Now that you have completed the first or second year of the Museum Assistants Program we hope you plan on participating in MAP II. This program will focus on training Assistants to give tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions during the 2015-2016 academic year.

MAP II participants will be required to attend regular meetings as well as to schedule two hours a week to do independent study or research, to prepare for or give tours, or to do other activities connected with your volunteer work at the Museum.

To Apply

If you are interested in being a Museum Assistant for the 2015-2016 academic year, please submit either the MAP I Application or the MAP II Application by May 8, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Jason Vrooman, Curator of Education and Academic Programs, at jvrooman@middlebury.edu

the 2013-2014 MAP students
2014–2015 Members of the Museum Assistants Program—Back Row (l–r): Alex Gimbel ’16.5; Tess Clark ’15, School Programs Intern; Wentao Zhai ’17; Andrew Smith ’17; Nan Philip ’16.5; Katy Kim ’16; Qingying Wang ’17. Front Row (l–r): Lucy Killian ’15.5, Teaching Assistant; Hope Kuchinski ’17; Victoria Hidalgo ’17; Peter Moore ’14, Sabarsky Graduate Fellow; Phoebe Mitchell ’17; Lillian Kustec ’16, Baer Education Intern; Kelsey Lee ’17. Not pictured: Kristen Knutzen ’16; Ennissa Martin ’16; Khine Thant Su ’16.