Introduction to the Museum Profession
Instructor: Matthew Toland
Date: New dates coming soon!
This course is an introduction to the museum world for Emerging Museum Professionals (EMP’s) who are completely new or have worked in the industry for fewer than five years. During this course, you will learn about the history and function of museums and the different professions within museum work and their roles, and techniques to getting your foot in the door. Some of the topics discussed are; exhibitions, collections, museum education, administration, volunteering, internships, mentoring, and more! One day of the class will be spent visiting working museums in the area to get a behind-the-scenes look at museum work in action.
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Matthew Toland has a BA in Women's Studies and a MA in Museum Studies from Western Illinois University. He is on the Boards of Directors for the Illinois State Historical Society, the Illinois Association of Museums, Quad Citians Affirming Diversity (QCAD), the Western Illinois University Alumni Council, and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities. He enjoys traveling and visiting museum and spending time with his family.