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FC: WICHITA ART MUSEUM SPRING 2011 | The Wichita Art Museum | Exploring Museum Professions Rosetta Brown
1: The Wichita Art Museum, a non-profit organization, opened its doors in 1935 with a bequest from Louise Caldwell Murdock,in memory of her husband,business man, Roland Murdock. Throughout the years the Wichita Art museum has grown becoming the largest art collection in the state. Masterpieces from Edward Hopper,Mary Cassatt, Charles M. Russell, and Winslow Homer grace the museum as part of the permanent collection. Visitors will also find avariety of special exhibits and programs. The Museum also contains a research library, education facilities, lecture hall,gift shop, and restaurant.
2: Upon entering the museum, visitors will be greeted at the reception desk. This position is the visitors first impression of museum and it's staff sets the tone for the entire visit. This position is often filled with volunteers,that have good communication skills, an outgoing nature, and are willing to study and research to provide the best information for guests(Glaser,Zenetou,pp. 145). Solicitation for new members is also an important activity preformed at the reception desk. An array of colorful brochures are also displayed at the reception desk describing museum current and upcoming events. T
3: Saturday, is a big day for the museum. Admission is free on Saturdays and there are numerous events for all ages. The role of the marketing manger is evident as you walk into the museum and view colorful posters inviting visitors to join in various events,current and upcoming.
4: there are nearly 7,000 works in the permanent collection that span over three centuries. Restoration and conservation of this collection is imperative and would require the assistance of a trained conservator to insure the continued viability of the collection. Joan Gorman, a Senior Paintings Conservator from the the Midwest Art Conservation Center stated that in her role as a conservator she works to prevent damage, and when necessary ,steps are taken at restoration. (Gorman, sandbox studios).
5: Archivists and curators would also be enlisted to catalog and assist in the arrangement of exhibits and provide needed research and documentation (Archivists,Curators, and museum Technicians, pp.1).
6: In the "Living Room" children can explorer the world of art with the assistance of the museums educational staff. the education staff also provides programs for teachers with workshops and lesson packets(WAM). The educational director works to create an atmosphere of continued learning. the programs offered change frequently requiring the educator to write and design presentations, often with the assistance of the curator and or archivist. (Schlatter,pp. 80-81).
7: The educational programs for children are complimented by activities and lectures designed for young adults and adults. These programs are often staffed by volunteers as well as staff. In March a visitor can attend a workshop on photographic exposure or a lecture on new acquisition | This educator/volunter was enchanting the children with a whimsical tale.
8: the Museum Library is a non-lending facility used primarily by the staff for researching the collection and planning for exhibitions. The Library contains books, periodicals, artist files, archival papers, and electronic databases(WAM). The librarian for this facility would need to have a wide range of skills from storage and retrieval systems, preservation of the collection, and the ability to successfully work with the staff, public, and scholars (Glaser and Zenetou, pp. 104-105).
9: Technology ! | Technology, every institute needs to have it! the Wichita Art Museum is well on their way to meeting the tech-savoy needs of their audiences. While visiting the museum you can access free audio tours through your cell phone for many of the exhibits by dialing the number listed on the object label and then entering in the objects item number. From the website visitors can listen to pod casts on various exhibits or do a search of the museums collection.
10: The museum store was well stocked with books, art prints, and other museum fair. The retail manager or shop manager would be responsible for the store content, accounting, and ensuring that all store associates are well trained and able to give the best possible customer service (Glaser and Zentetou,pp.118). | Interns and volunteers may fill positions in the gift store. This young lady was an intern. Although the store was very busy she was gracious and polite.
11: The Muse | the Muse Cafe, like the gift shop would also have a retail manager that would be responsible for the menu,needed inventory, and training of associates. | The gift store and cafe play a distinct role in the museum bu providing an additional income source for the museum. Continued success of these business may be provided by public relations, security and matiance.
12: A docent at the Wichita Art Museum will be provided with training in art history as well as customer service
13: the Museum also employs' the services of many non-professional workers that are imperative to the success of the museum. From the docent, considered the "voice of the museum" (Glaser and Zenteou, pp.88). to the security officers that monitor activity at the exhibits as well as special events. The staff at the museum gift store and cafe' provide services that make the visit pleasant for the audience. There are also many that work unseen to the public. Secretaries, custodians, and grounds keepers provide an array of essential services. | Behind the Scenes