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, childhood development, art and art history, and public programming. Assistants combine valuable community service with a unique and exciting opportunity to support and learn more about education and the arts. Museum assistants are required to attend weekly meetings at the Museum and to complete two hours of independent study or research weekly.

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

Museum Assistants Program I, September 2017–April 2018

The Museum Assistants Program (MAP) seeks students to participate in the Museum’s education programs for school groups and adults. 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 gives participants an inside glimpse at how a museum functions and a chance to interact 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. Museum 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 are required to attend weekly meetings on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. during the academic year. Museum Assistants also devote approximately two additional hours a week to independent study or research, or other activities connected with their work at the Museum. Students do not have to be art history majors to participate, but they should 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 (similar courses may be considered).

Museum Assistants Program II, September 2017–April 2018

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 academic year.

All Museum Assistants are required to attend weekly meetings on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. during the academic year. Museum Assistants also devote approximately two additional hours a week to independent study or research, preparing for or giving tours, or other activities connected with their work at the Museum.

To Apply

If you are interested in being a Museum Assistant for the 2017–2018 academic year, please submit either the MAP I Application or the MAP II Application by Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If you have any questions, please contact Jason Vrooman, Curator of Education and Academic Programs, at jvrooman@middlebury.edu

the 2016-2017 MAP students
2016–2017 Members of the Museum Assistants Program—Front row: Julia Hower ’19, Kenzie Yedlin ’18, Kelsey Lee ’17, Matt Gillis ’18, Alaina Pribis ’19, Zara Corzine ’17, Thibault Bachelet ’19, Lyra Ding ’19. Back row: Veronika Zubrytska ’17.5, Cindy Xu ’19, Hope Kuchinski ’17, Claire Borre ’18, Curator of Education & Academic Programs Jason Vrooman ’03, Kelsey Follansbee ’16.5, Lulu Zhou ’19, Shan Zeng ’19, Michael Lally ’18, Qingying Wang ’17 (Photo: Jonathan Blake)