Museum Studies

MSU Museum Studies Newsletter, May 26th, 2017

MSU Museum Studies Program E-Newsletter


Museum Studies News, Events, and Resources

1. As a reminder to graduating seniors, you will lose access to your MSU email account soon after graduation. In order to stay connected with Museum Studies and to continue receiving the E-newsletter, please contact Susan Bandes with your non-MSU affiliated email address (

2. Stay Connected This Summer

Students in Museum Studies, as well as Museum Professionals across Michigan, are connecting through the Michigan Emerging Museum Professionals Facebook group and website for networking opportunities, meet ups, job postings and more.

3. 2017-2018 Museum Studies Courses Scheduled

Museum Studies courses at MSU have a new course code beginning in Fall 2017. Courses will be listed as “MUSM” (rather than under the old “AL”). Fall courses include: MUSM 485 Foundations of Museum Studies and MUSM 494 Exhibition Theory and Design. Spring courses are MUSM 488 Curatorial Practices and MUSM 498 Learning in Museums.

In addition, for the first time a new History course, History Harvest, HST 495, cross-listed as MUSM 495 will be offered and can count for credit in the Museum Studies minor and graduate track.  This Fall, HST 495/MSUM 495 will learn about and connect with the Latinx community in Lansing and Mid-Michigan. Students will learn about the history of Latinx culture, identity, migration, employment, churches, and more through the lived experiences of participants and their historical artifacts. For questions, contact the instructors Prof. Brandon Locke ( and curator Shirley Wajda (

MSU Museums, Galleries, and Collections: Events, Exhibitions, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities
4. Bridge Residency Program at MSU
Applications for the BRIDGE Artist in Residency program are open through June 30! BRIDGE is an opportunity for artists to engage in cross-disciplinary practice with scientific departments at MSU. The program will culminate in a curated group exhibition at the MSU Broad museum in 2018! Learn more and apply below.
The MSU Museum has a paid summer internship for a high school student to work on “The Will to Adorn: African American Dress and the Aesthetics of Identity,” a project with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. It will culminate in a mini-exhibition at the Great Lakes Folk Festival. This is a wonderful opportunity for a student interested in exploring museums as a career. The deadline to apply is June 9th.
The award-winning Great Lakes Folk Festival, produced by the MSU Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program, is a celebration of culture, tradition and community. This festival takes place in downtown East Lansing and spans 3 days. There are a wide variety of volunteer positions for this year’s Great Lakes Folk Festival. Volunteers receive a festival t-shirt and an invitation to a volunteer party. Stay tuned because volunteer Registration will open in Early June. A list of volunteer job descriptions can be found here.
MSU CrowdPower fundraising campaign to cover the costs of putting on the Jam Tent. The funds raised will support a bigger and better Jam Tent for the 2017 Great Lakes Folk Festival! Last year the tent was overflowing with musicians and listeners. Funds will provide a better location, a larger tent, support for Michigan jam leaders, a programming coordinator, publicity, and supplies like chairs, a table, and workshop materials. You can show support by clicking here.
8. (SCENE) Metrospace – East Lansing Public Schools Visual Arts Exhibition, until June 4th
This show is a multi-media collection of drawings, painting, weavings, ceramics and other creative projects explored by students. Featuring 6 schools and over 320 art pieces! The exhibition is on display until June 4th. SCENES hours are Thursday 3-7PM. Friday 1-7PM. Saturday 12-5PM. Sunday 12-5PM.
9. MSU Broad – Day Trip to the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, June 15 – 8:30am–3:30pm
Purchase tickets here Cost for this trip is per person and includes round-trip transportation via motor coach, park admission, a private guided tour of Ai Weiwei at Meijer Gardens: Natural State, and a narrated tram tour of the park. The motor coach is scheduled to depart East Lansing at approximately 8:30am and return around 3:30pm. Lunch is on your own at the Taste of the Gardens Café. All attendees will receive a detailed itinerary upon registration. Contact Sandra Brown at or (517) 884-3914 if you have any questions.
10. MSU BroadKozmic Picnik & Second Line Parade, Saturday, June 24, 12–3:30pm
Join us on the lawn for another out-of-this-world musical experience! Unfold your blankets and expand your minds. Our friends at the Kerrytown Concert House have brought us two far-out talents for this year’s event. Internationally renowned percussionist and composer Kahil El Zabar is considered one of the most prolific jazz innovators of his generation, and David Murray, tenor saxophonist, has perfected his unique approach to improvisation. Beyond the music, make sure the whole family visits our activity area to decorate parasols for the Second Line parade immediately following the performances.

11. MSU Broad – MSU Grandparents University: The Transported Evening, Tuesday, June 27, 7pm

Grandparents University participants are invited to join us for a night of art and illusion featuring our current exhibition, The Transported Man. There is something for everyone, including self-guided gallery tours, conversations with docents, and drop-in art making activities. Don’t miss this evening of creative fun! Please note: Participants must be registered with the MSU Alumni Association for this event.

12. MSU Broad – MSU Alumni University: Behind the Scenes at the MSU Broad, June 29 3:30pm

Alumni University participants are invited to join us for a “behind-the-scenes” tour. What do fireflies, mirrors, and forklifts have in common? Come join us as we take a behind-the-scenes tour of The Transported Man with museum staff. Learn about the process of installing a museum exhibition that defies gravity, convention, architectural challenges and more. This unique program includes a guided tour and conversation. Please note: Participants must be registered with the MSU Alumni Association for this event. You can register online here.

Local: Exhibitions, Internship Opportunities

While a dollar sure doesn’t buy much these days, it’s still enough to participate in the Lansing area’s favorite annual event – Be A Tourist In Your Own Town. This day allows event participants to visit more than 80 local attractions and one-day only special tours that include: MSU Broad, MSU Museum, Impression 5 Science Center, Potter Park Zoo, the State Capitol Building, Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, the Michigan Historical Museum and so much more!
Pop Up Art: Special Edition will re-imagine downtown Lansing as we transform Washington Square into a pop up art display complete with artful activities. Pop Up Art: Special Edition will repurpose twelve newspaper kiosks to showcase artwork by Michigan artists. FREE “Newspapers” highlighting featured artists will be available at the kiosks throughout the summer of 2017.
In 1987, a group of daring women joined together to open Michigan’s first and only museum dedicated to the history of its women. Thirty years later, we’re celebrating a new chapter. Please join us for this big day! Ceremony will begin at 12:00pm. Ribbon cutting will follow at 12:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Hollander received her BFA and MFA from Michigan State University in the 1960s. The screen prints that will be on exhibit showcase Hollander’s talent as a colorist. Hollander’s work explores layers, rich lines and texture that harken back to her experience as a weaver. Conversely, bold shapes and vivid color are reminiscent of modern art and hint at the Cut-Outs of Henri Matisse from the 1940s. Hollander was born in 1917 and will be celebrating her 100th birthday at this reception.

State/National/Regional Conferences, Workshops and Other Resources

18. Johnson Center for Philanthropy – Grant Maker Panel for Nonprofit Professionals, June 8th
19. MMA – ABC of Collection Management Workshop, June 11th  – Lowell Area Historical Museum,
20. MMA – Meet and Eat Lunch, June 28thApplewood Estate, Flint MI,
23. MMA – Visitor Experience Workshop, August 29thMichigan Science Center, Detroit, MI
24. Understanding your Audience and Effective Design Survey August 15th  – U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum Ishpeming, MI
25. Museum Computer Network 2017 Annual Conference: Looking Back, Thinking Forward, Taking Action; November 7-10, Pittsburgh, PA: Registration to open Jun 29th.
Grants, Fellowships


33. New Museum “New INC” Internship Program, New York, NY

34. Education and Events Intern, Applewood Ruth Mott Foundation, Flint, MI

35. Collections and Education Intern, Applewood Ruth Mott Foundation, Flint, MI

36. Programming and Communications Intern, Michigan Womens Hall of Fame, Okemos, MI

37. Communications Special Projects Intern, UICA, Grand Rapids

38. Education and Community Programs Intern, UICA, Grand Rapids

39. MOCA Detroit Internship Program, Detroit, MI

40. Grand Rapids Public Museum Internships, Grand Rapids, MI

41. Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center Internships, Cincinnati, OH

42. Orlando Museum of Art – Multimedia Intern, Orlando, Florida

43. Museum Registrar, Central Intelligence Agency, Washington DC
44. Director of Visitor Experience, Fair Lane, Dearborn, MI
45. Assistant / Associate / Full Time Curator, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit MI
46. Collections Technician, Applewood Ruth Mott Foundation, Flint MI
47. Guest Assistant, Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, Okemos MI
48. Grand Rapids Art Museum Jobs, Grand Rapids, MI
49. School Experience Manager, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
50. Visitor Services Representative, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
51. Interpreter, Tawas Point Lighthouse Historic Site, East Tawas, MI
52. Director of Development, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield Hills, MI 

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Editor, MSUMSP E-Newsletter: Max Evjen, Exhibitions Technology Specialist, MSU  Museum; Arts & Cultural Management and Museum Studies, Site Specific Performance, Department of Theatre, Michigan State University

Editorial Assistant: Jacob Roberts
Max Evjen

Arts & Cultural Management and Museum Studies
Site Specific Performance
Department of Theatre

Exhibitions Technology Specialist
MSU Museum

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