Friday, October 19 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm
Vanessa Tamburro, MMSt Candidate, University of Toronto; Rachel Wong, MMSt Candidate, University of Toronto; Angharad Wenz, MMSt Candidate, University of Toronto; Laura Robb, MMSt Graduate, University of Toronto; Jenna Rose, MMSt Graduate, University of Toronto; Tobie Albers Miller, MMSt Candidate, University of Toronto; Melanie Derschowitz, MMSt Graduate, University of Toronto; Scott Pollock, MMSt Graduate, University of Toronto; Chelsea Carss, MMSt Graduate, University of Toronto; Chelsea Jeffery, MMSt Candidate, University of Toronto
Building on the theme of destination, this poster session presents Master of Museum Studies students and recent graduates whose professional development has been closely connected with themes relevant to this year's OMA confernece, and thus by extension, to the broader field. During the course of internships, exhibition projects and independent studies, students benefited from partnerships with staff at museums and cultural institutions ranging from the GTA to Ireland, and helped to shape projects that: commemorate anniversaries; open new museums; transform institutions from seasonal locales to year-round destinations; and make museums destinations for the visually impaired, for families, for immigrants or for multi-generational visiting.
The poster session will focus on the importance of such partnerships to the ongoing renewal of the field and highlights the dual nature of the partnerships both as essential to the development of emerging professionals and as a means of giving back to the museum community. It is also an opportunity to familiarize the OMA member institutions with the range of partnering possibilities available through the University of Toronto program, and to showcase the benefits student projects can provide to partner institutions and emerging museum professionals.
Chelsea Carss holds a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from Brock University and is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto’s Master of Museum Studies program. She completed an internship at the Acropolis Museum in visitor research and development, as well as an internship at the British Museum working on the Naukratis Project. Her interest in museums pertains primarily to curatorial work and object research.
Melanie Derschowitz is a recent graduate of the Museum Studies Masters Program at the University of Toronto. In 2010, she completed her BA in History and Anthropology at Adelphi University, in New York. After graduation, she enrolled in the Art Collection Management and Display professional certificate program at NYU. Her interest in museums pertains to Collections Management and object handling. She has interned twice at the American Museum of Natural History, NY, under the Collections Manager and Curatorial Assistant.
Tobie Miller has come to the University of Toronto from Minneapolis, Minnesota to pursue a masters degree in Museum Studies and a certificate in Jewish Studies. She interned at the Morris and Sally Justein Heritage Museum at the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care where she digitized Baycrest’s historical archives and led client programming that brought objects out from behind the glass and into the hands of the residents. Her research interests include reminiscence and life review among the Jewish community.
Laura Robb is a 2012 graduate of the University of Toronto’s Master of Museum Studies program. During her studies, she and colleague Jacquie Reich designed and implemented a multi-sensory program for the Bata Shoe Museum, aimed at visitors who are blind or have low vision. This program included docent training, building tactile diagrams, and visitor research.
Jennifer holds an Honours BA in Anthropology, and received her Masters in Museum Studies in June 2012. As a museum studies student, Jennifer volunteered at the Royal Ontario Museum, wrote a visitor studies report for the Art Gallery of Ontario, and along with five of her fellow students, was the recipient of the AGO Visitor Experience Award at her convocation. Jennifer has completed internships at the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the Ontario Museum Association, and the Toronto International Film Festival.
Vanessa Tamburro holds a Bachelor of Education degree from McGill University, specializing in History and Ethics & Religious Cultures. She is currently pursuing a Master of Museum Studies degree at the University of Toronto. Over the course of the summer, Vanessa interned at the Multicultural History Society of Ontario (MHSO) as Education Programme Officer as well as at the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport as a Museum and Heritage Programs Intern. Her research interests include curriculum studies and museum education.
Angharad Wenz received her BAH in Classics/History from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and is currently completing a masters degree in Museum Studies at the University of Toronto. As part of this program, she had the opportunity to undertake a twelve week internship in the Department of Education at the Art Gallery of Ontario this summer, where her research focused on strategies for visitor engagement.
Rachel holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia and an Interior Design Management Certificate from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She has a range of experience, having worked as a model maker, graphic designer, interior designer, and project manager in the art and design industry. She is currently a candidate of the Master of Museum Studies program at the University of Toronto. Her areas of interest include exhibition, communication and interpretation.