Introduction to Museum Education
Instructor: Melissa Mohr
Regular Registration: $1000
Does not include on-campus lodging. Click here for a list of local lodging options.
This course focuses on all aspects of the educational role of museums—from the exploration of museum learning and the use of new technologies to the development of public programs and evaluation—and considers the future role of education in museums. During this course, participants will: read, discuss and apply content about current theory and practice in museum education; interpret and apply strategies for engaging audiences across museum demographics including (but not limited to) formal education audiences (early childhood, elementary, secondary and higher education students and teachers), families, young adults, adults, order adults, museum volunteers and special populations; and develop programming for a variety of audiences related to exhibitions and permanent collections.
Melissa Mohr is the director of education at the Figge Art Museum and instructs a graduate-level course on museum education through Western Illinois University. Mohr earned her BA in Classics from Knox College and an MA in Art History from the University of Iowa, after which she worked as a curatorial assistant for the University of Iowa Museum of Art. She transitioned to the Figge Art Museum in 2009, joining the education department as its outreach coordinator. In 2013, Mohr was promoted to current position and since that time has overseen all educational programs, both in the museum and also throughout the community. She has presented conference sessions on education at NAEA and AMM, and recently completed the Community Arts Education Leadership Institute, offered through the National Guild for Community Arts Education.
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