A Visitor-Centered Approach to Museums, Archives
The students also worked in partnership with the University of Arizona Museum of Art, or UAMA, to engage with participatory museum activities for Friday Art Night and produce complementary labels for artwork.Students from Natasha Reid's course at the UAMA. (Photo credit: David Huber) And during one of their later class sessions, the students spent time with archivist Jill McCleary learning about the holdings within the UAMA Archive of Visual Arts. "It is highly important for students in this course to have opportunities to test out the theories and case studies examined in the course through hands-on, community-based learning opportunities," Reid said. Students also learned about the profession from educators and others at UAMA, the Tucson Museum of Art, the Arizona State Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art. "It is important for the students to learn about various aspects of museums' workings," Reid said. "Thus, they are offered a glimpse into real-world work situations related to our course." UA archivist Jill McCleary leads Natasha S. Reid's students in a discussion about the important role of archives, and how they are distinctively different from museums. (Photo credit: La Monica Everett-Haynes/UANews) Ultimately, Reid hopes that her students, if they choose to work in a museum, an archive or a school, can help support the continued evolution of museum education in ways meant not merely to help institutions but to address the social and cultural needs of communities. This, she said, is why she keeps such an intense focus on community-based immersive experience. "Without such community-based opportunities, the students' understandings would remain in the theoretical realm," Reid said. "Furthermore, the students become highly committed to such community-based work, as they tend to feel that they are contributing to the larger communities." UA archivist Jill McCleary speaks with students about the nature of her work maintaining an archive and its holdings. (Photo credit: La Monica Everett-Haynes/UANews) Students learned how archivists organize and engage with materials housed within archives. (Photo credit: La Monica Everett-Haynes/UANews) UA archivist Jill McCleary presents the apron worn by Robert McCall, the famed artist and illustrator for NASA, national magazines and a range of Hollywood films. (Photo credit: La Monica Everett-Haynes/UANews) UA archivist Jill McCleary speaks about the work of Sara Wallach, who was known for her sculptural etchings, which are called "Saragraphs." In addition to Wallach's prints, the archive maintains a collection of her scrapbooks and other artwork. (Photo credit: La Monica Everett-Haynes/UANews)
Originally posted from UANews which can be read here.