August 2, 2017

WAM Collective is Seeking Applicants

Want to learn more about art? Behind-the-scenes museum work? Non-profit governance? Gain professional skills? And join a community of like-minded peers? Apply to the WAM Collective!

WAM Collective is the official student group of the Weisman Art Museum.  

The Collective works in tandem with WAM’s Education and Engagement Directors on educational and social programs that explore the intersectionality of the museum’s collection in relation to the surrounding campus community.

To apply fill out the application by SEPTEMBER 13, 2017.

Programs and activities include:

Events 

Like monthly Study Nights where the Collective transforms the museum’s Riverview Gallery into the perfect study spot. Collective members also have the opportunity to plan study night pop-up performances, study breaks and lead tours. Other events include open-mic nights, book readings, film screenings, a design showcase, and ‘Bring Your Own Business Card’ an informal networking event for students interested in the creative sector.

 

Workshops

Each semester WAM Collective hosts hands-on art making workshops that are presented in conjunction with the museum’s permanent collection and traveling exhibition program. Members of the WAM Collective work with local and visiting artists to research, design and execute one-of-a-kind art experiences for U of M students.

 

Research and Tours 

WAM Collective will learn about the museum’s collection and traveling exhibition program from curators, registrars, educators and by conducting their own research in the museum’s database and Art Study room. Collective members learn visual and verbal literacy strategies, explore the intersection of disciplines through writing and art, and create deeper meaning-making by designing experimental and participatory tour models for the public. 

 

Digital Engagement  

Digital engagement is woven into the fabric of all WAM Collective programs and initiatives. Members will collaborate with WAM staff on campaigns and interpretive strategies to engage campus and community members with WAM and it’s resources through blogging, social media, film-making, and other forms of media making.

 

 

 

Professional Development 

Professional development is at the heart of the WAM Collective program and students will have the opportunity to work with professional artists and museum staff, participate in field trips to other arts and cultural organizations for research and ideation sessions, attend internal workshops and seminars, host external lectures and programs, network with leaders in the local creative sector and participate in a mentorship program with the museum’s Colleagues Advisory Board. Members of WAM Collective leave the program with a comprehensive portfolio of their work, gaining invaluable hands-on experience in: program evaluation, event planning, grant writing, public relations, digital media and a working knowledge of non-profit governance and museum best practices.

Application Process 

What are you waiting for? WAM Collective is now taking applications for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year! To apply, fill out the application by SEPTEMBER 13, 2017. Early application is suggested. For more information on how to join WAM Collective or to get involved with the Weisman Art Museum, contact Katie Covey, Director of Student Engagement at covey013@umn.edu.