Museum Education Volunteer Position, Spring 2017

The Center for Creative Photography (CCP) is seeking articulate, outgoing, organized graduate student volunteers to give group tours of our exhibitions for UA classes and the general public. Our ideal candidate is a skilled public speaker and an art lover able to communicate compellingly about our exhibitions to audiences of varying ages, education levels, and degrees of familiarity with photography. Graduate students enrolled in the Art, Art History, Art Education, and Museum Studies programs are encouraged to apply.

Volunteers will complete a training session with a museum educator and will get an exhibition orientation from the CCP’s curatorial staff. Once trained, volunteers will coordinate with CCP staff to schedule tours as requests come in. There is a minimum commitment of four hours of availability per week from the opening of spring semester through the close of the CCP’s spring exhibitions on April 29, 2017. In addition, all volunteers will be expected to give one pre-scheduled, public tour of the galleries. As a volunteer, you will work closely with a variety of our staff, spend time looking in depth at artworks from our world-class collection, and engage with diverse groups of visitors from both the campus community and the greater Tucson community.

About the Center for Creative Photography:

One of the three UA campus art museums, the CCP is the largest institution in the world devoted to documenting the history of North American photography. At the heart of the CCP’s holdings are the archives of over 250 photographers, scholars, galleries, and organizations, comprised of 4.5 million items, complemented by an unparalleled collection of over 90,000 fine prints, an oral history collection, and a library of rare books, journals, and exhibition and auction catalogs. Our 5,000-square-foot exhibition space features between one and three exhibitions at a time, in addition to a rotating selection of recently-acquired artworks and a set of flat file drawers showcasing staff-selected artworks and archive objects from the collection.

What you will learn:

  • How to address and engage tour groups in ways that promote close looking, critical thinking, and visual 
  • How to adapt in order make exhibitions relevant to a broad range of UA classes—from Art to Astronomy—and a diversity of community groups beyond campus
  • How to read a photograph, taking into account formal characteristics, process, subject matter, and historical context
  • How museum exhibitions are selected, designed, and produced, and how they serve to educate the public and activate the museum’s collection
Qualifications: 
Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills. Highly organized; able to coordinate scheduling with museum staff and visiting group leaders. Able to work in a museum environment where security and preservation are very important. Experienced in public service or interacting with the public. Must be a creative thinker and problem-solver. Preferred qualifications: Familiar with museum and education theory and pedagogy. Possess a working knowledge of the history of photography.
Application process: 

Send a resume and cover letter to Leslie Squyres, squyresl@ccp.arizona.edu. In your cover letter, please tell us about the most powerful experience you’ve had at a museum or with a work of art, and what about museum education appeals to you. Call for applications open through January 3, 2017.

Application deadline: 
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
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