Friday, June 17, 2016

Position Announcement: Program Coordinator, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Vancouver, WA

Job Description
Reporting to the Director of Programs, the Program Coordinator is responsible for transparent communication, coordination and administration associated with the fellowship, grant and Community Inspiration project funding that form NACF’s core programming. Within the above responsibility, the Program Coordinator coordinates and conducts the project management and administration of programmatic funding from application or nomination intake through award and final report, ensuring the consistent quality and timely handling of communication materials and processes including project timelines, budgets and inputs to various information management systems. The Program Coordinator performs additional functions such as administering logistical planning and preparation for events and convenings; respectfully fielding inquiries from artists; monitoring NACF’s social media platforms for positive news about and promotion of NACF programming and the activities of awardees and outcomes of projects; and monitoring and developing small budgets. The Program Coordinator also develops and provides reports to the Director of Programs regarding project challenges and outcomes.

Time Allocated to Duties:
40% = Coordinate and communicate Community Inspiration project timelines, check requests, interim through final reports, plus continued communication with artists and culture-bearers post award period;
40% = Coordinate administration and logistics for fellowship and grant making processes from preparing calls for entry through award and reporting and tracking;
10% = Monitor social media for appropriate activities to post, share, and respond to;
5% = Coordinate fellowship advisory panels and manage panel convening logistics, coordinate grantee and artist networking and outreach; and
5% = Periodic other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Attributes:
-Desire to produce quality work combined with an acute attention to detail.
-Capable of efficiently managing time and deadlines.
-Demonstrable project management skills including organizing project plans, milestones and timelines at the organization and artist level; high quality monitoring and project status reporting, detailed attention to data entry into various reporting formats and systems.
-Solid interpersonal communication skills and cultural sensitivity with the ability to build and maintain a deep trust and rapport with NACF’s network of artists and culture-bearers, Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tribal and non-tribal governmental entities, communities, NACF funders, and other organizations locally, regionally and nationally.
-Good oral and verbal communication skills and facility with communication tools such as MS Office.
-Technical adaptability to or experience with cloud software including Smartsheet, Box, GoToMeeting, and Westaf GO.
-General small budgeting knowledge and ability

Work Hours:
The Program Coordinator is a salaried non-exempt position with a 47-hour workweek with halftime paid over 40 hours up to 47 hours and time-and-a-half thereafter. NACF is a flexible, virtual office environment where employees may work from where they choose with regular meeting space provided in Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR. Employees are provided with computers, a printer, a phone and other necessary equipment and supplies. Primary business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 6:00pm, Pacific Time and all employees must be available to meet in person during these hours, schedule permitting.

Equipment Use:
Personal computers, standard office equipment and tools

Mental and Physical Requirements:
Duties require the use of considerable initiative and judgment. Requires working under minimal supervision and direction. Requires working under multiple deadlines and pressure. Requires good communication skills; verbal, oral and written with supervisor, co-workers and clients. At times, may require dealing with difficult people or situations effectively. Requires supervision of work and training of staff; establishing and maintaining cooperative and productive work relationships. Must be a team player.

Minimum Qualifications:

-Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.
-Three to five years of progressive experience in a small but highly regarded private or public sector organization.
-Paid or volunteer experience working in the arts.

Desired Qualifications:
-Direct experience with grant making.
-In-depth knowledge of American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native arts, cultures, histories, and protocols, and social justices issues pertaining thereto.
-A personal network of Native artist or arts organizations within the fifty United States.

Additional Expectations:
-Travel nationally is required and may include weekends.

All activities must comply with NACF policies and procedures. 

Company Rights:
The above information has been designated to indicate the general nature and level of work performed for this position. It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of the employee assigned to this job. This job description does not constitute an employment contract. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Smithsonian and V&A to collaborate on exhibition space

BBC News
13 June 2016

The Smithsonian has announced plans to work together with the Victoria and Albert Museum on a major international collaboration in London.

A jointly organised permanent gallery space will become part of V&A East, in a cultural complex created in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

It will be the first time in 170 years the Smithsonian has opened a long-term exhibition venue outside of the US.

The Smithsonian's collection includes 137 million artefacts.

"We will be able to inspire and educate more people than ever before," said Smithsonian secretary David Skorton.

"With the V&A in London, we can build bridges to other countries and continents and share our work with the world."

More here.

Call for Papers: Museums and Their Publics at Sites of Conflicted History, International Conference, 13-15 March 2017

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, Poland 

Museums of history face a particular challenge in societies that have experienced conflict and violence in recent memory, radical geopolitical and ideological change, and socio-economic and technological challenges. Multiple and rival historical perspectives characterize the dynamics of public memory in these societies. Differing narratives of the past are told either in parallel, or appear in open conflict with each other, while memories still hidden and silent await their midwives for their public articulation at the right juncture.

Divided memories are characteristic of post-communist Europe and in other regions that have experienced totalitarian regimes, wars, mass violence (ethnic cleansing, population transfers), radical border changes, and other disruptions. The present day brings additional tensions: liberal democratic societies in the West are called on to respond to global crises, the massive population shifts that ensue, and creation of new national and ethnic minorities within multinational and ethnonational states. In some societies, attempts at expanding democracy and human rights, through such mechanisms as truth and reconciliation commissions, bring new waves of difficult knowledge into public circulation, challenging long-held national narratives enshrined both on the walls of major museums and in the minds of many visitors.

The purpose of this conference is to explore these issues in relation to the changing character and role of museums today. POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw is a prime site for such a conference, given the complex history it presents. While seeking to offer an authoritative historical account, without it being authoritarian, museums such as POLIN offer an open narrative in multiple voices and invite the public to play an active part in interpreting historical processes and events. The exhibition itself, using a variety of media, offers an experience that is at once thought provoking, sensory, emotional, and memorable. Projects and events such as performances, workshops, debates, and lectures invite the public to add their experiences and voices. Curating historical narratives is thus a collaborative, inclusive, and dynamic process.

Museums have a responsibility to those whose story they tell, as well as to their publics and stakeholders. As institutions of public history, they aim to build lasting relationships with their audiences, both local and international. This is especially important in post-communist and post- conflict societies, where museums can play important roles in building a robust civil society and in bringing history – and historical debate – into the public domain.

The conference will explore the role of museums in negotiating new public histories in societies in transition, as old narratives and historical policies are questioned and stories once silenced are given voice. Of special interest is how the historical narratives constructed in museums help to shape new social relations in a dynamically changing present.

Scholars in various disciplines (anthropology, sociology, history, memory studies, museology, art history, and political science, among others) and museum professionals, including curators and museum educators, are invited to discuss the role of museums in negotiating contested histories in relation to their publics.

Send abstracts, maximum 300 words, and short bio to: 

Deadline: 15th of September 2016. 

Academic Committee:
Professor Bruce Altshuler (New York University)
Professor Dorota Folga-Januszewska (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw) Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (POLIN Museum, Chair)
Dr. Gabriel Koureas (Birkbeck University of London) Dr. hab. Iwona Kurz (University of Warsaw) Professor Erica Lehrer (Concordia University)
Dr. Małgorzata Pakier (POLIN Museum, Conference Convener)

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Position Announcement: Director of Exhibitions, San Diego Musuem of Man

Department: Exhibits
Date: June 2016
Position Status: Full-Time
FLSA Status: Exempt

General Statement:
The San Diego Museum of Man is seeking a full-time Director of Exhibits to lead our talented and dynamic Exhibits team. The Director of Exhibits oversees and stewards all facets of the Museum’s collaborative exhibit development process and advocates for the visitor experience through management of design, content, and production. In partnership with the Deputy Director, the Director of Exhibits develops and implements projects that reflect and enhance the Museum’s Mission, Vision and Model for Transformation as part of our ongoing interpretive and master planning process.

Summary of Responsibilities:
-Reporting to the Deputy Director, the Director of Exhibits sets the highest standards of leadership, creativity, collaboration, and productivity performing the following:
-Advocates for the Museum’s values and priorities through implementation of exhibit and other assigned projects during interpretive planning; confers with executive team, Board, staff, and invited thought partners to develop exhibits and experiences that enhance Museum’s vision for transformation
-Supervises the work of the Exhibit Developer, Exhibit Designer, Graphic Designer, and Exhibit Fabrication Manager to ensure that the quality of the exhibits and signature experiences meet the highest standards for accessibility, aesthetics, and content
-Oversees the general department budget and specific budget(s) for exhibits and signature experiences: manages the contracts and contracting process that impact exhibits production, including but not limited to construction and multi-media licensing; forecasts and reports the expenditures for development, prototyping, fabrication/ production and maintenance needs of the exhibits department
-With the executive leadership, supports fundraising and donor/sponsor cultivation efforts of the Museum: attends and presents at special after-hours events that focus on exhibit projects; organizes exclusive behind-the-scenes exhibits tours for VIPs; promotes the Museum’s interpretive planning projects in the greater San Diego community
-With the executive leadership and Exhibit Developer, determines future exhibits and exhibit schedule through a collaborative selection and evaluation process
-With the Director of Operations, engages partners and contractors to meet the needs of the architectural and interpretive plans and business development opportunities
-With the Director of Education and Public Engagement, determines and delivers programmatic content as it pertains to exhibits and experiences: delegates appropriate Exhibits staff to assist Education with collateral, tour and training content development, and special programs

Qualifications and Experiences:

-Minimum 7 years creative leadership experience in exhibit, theater, media, or events design or related field; substantial experience with creative project development processes and staff management
-Strong operational and project management skills and background, with experience optimizing productivity and efficiency in collaborative processes involving multiple stakeholders; budget, analytics, and contract management experience
-Expertise with 2D and 3D visual design and design tools (e.g., SketchUp, InDesign, VectorWorks/ AutoCAD)
-Familiarity with exhibit, manual and digital interactives, and/ or props fabrication and general construction timelines, materials, and processes
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills and proven ability to communicate complex ideas with a diverse range of audiences using presentation software and other audio-visual aids
-Proficiency with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
-Experience with branding and establishment of visual identity preferred
-Experience with evaluation methodologies and tools a plus

Desired Characteristics:

-Proven leadership and management skills and dedication to motivating him/ herself and team to achieve the highest standards in all facets of exhibit projects; ability to build consensus and foster a creative environment while adhering to principles of accountability, integrity, and discipline
-Passion for effecting change in a multi-cultural and multi-faceted environment, both in the work place and in the community, and for modeling positivity, sensitivity, and flexibility
Intellectually curiosity and sense of humor a must

The San Diego Museum of Man is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace. Please send cover letter, resume, and a portfolio, either as a PDF or a link, to Ben Garcia,, with “Director of Exhibits” and your first and last name in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Apply for This Year's CMA Awards, due August 31, 2016

All CMA award applications and nominations must be submitted as digital data (Word documents, pdf files and/or jpg files), sent via email to arrive on or before the deadline. Email all three members of the Awards Committee:
Award winners will be notified so they have sufficient time to make travel arrangements. Winners will be formally recognized at the CMA Annual Meeting and CMA Reception during the AAA Annual Meeting, and will also be highlighted in the CMA column in Anthropology News. Check out our website and previous winners here.

CMA Student Travel Award, due August 31, 2016 
The CMA Student Travel Awards are designed to support graduate student travel to the annual AAA meeting to present papers and/or posters. Students and recent graduate degree recipients (those who have defended within the year of the award) are eligible to apply. Each year, CMA will award two prizes of $500 each.

Application packets (maximum 5 pages) must include: a brief letter indicating the applicant's student status and explaining how this project reflects the student's graduate work; a copy of the abstract for the proposed paper or poster (and for the session in which they will be presenting, if known); and a letter of endorsement from an academic advisor at the student's most recent institution of study.

Evaluation Criteria:
  • Creativity: Is the paper or poster a unique and novel contribution to museum anthropology?
  • Commitment: Does the student demonstrate a commitment to the field of museum anthropology
  • Impact: Does the paper or poster have the potential to develop into a work that could more broadly impact the field of museum anthropology?

Student Travel Award recipients will be presented with a check for $500 and a certificate 
of the award.

Michael M. Ames Award, due August 31, 2016 
The CMA Michael M. Ames Prize for Innovative Museum Anthropology is awarded to individuals for innovative work in museum anthropology. Examples include: outstanding single or multi-authored books or published catalogues; temporary or permanent exhibits; repatriation projects; collaborations with descendant communities; educational or outreach projects; multimedia works, and other endeavours. Individuals can be nominated by any member of CMA (self-nominations are not permitted).

Nomination packets must include a cover letter and evidence of the work under consideration (e.g., photographs, catalogues, links to websites, etc.), and supporting materials (e.g., letters of support, media coverage, etc.). All material must be submitted as digital data (Word documents, pdf files and/or jpg files). The nomination packet should 
not exceed 5 pages.

Evaluation Criteria:
  •  Creativity: Is the project a unique and creative exploration of museum anthropology's central themes, tensions, and histories?
  •  Timeliness: Does the project say something important about museum anthropology's current predicaments and unknown future?
  • Depth: In what ways does the project penetrate into the complexity of material culture and the study of it through novel methods and theories?
  • Impact: Does the project have the potential to make broad and lasting impacts in museum anthropology?

Ames Award recipients will be presented with a gift from CMA and a certificate of 
the award.

Lifetime Achievement/Distinguished Service Award, due August 31, 2016 
The CMA Board recently instituted a new Lifetime Achievement/Distinguished Service Award to recognize CMA members whose careers demonstrate extraordinary achievements that have advanced museum anthropology. These achievements might include: collections work, community collaborations, exhibitions, publications, public programming and outreach, teaching, policy development, etc. While many anthropologists distinguish themselves through their works, this award is meant to single out those who, over the course of their careers, have truly helped to define and or reshape the field of anthropology in and of museums. Nominees are expected to have spent at least 20 years working in the field of museum anthropology.

Nomination packets must include: a two-page letter of recommendation in support of the nominee; and any additional supporting materials deemed relevant by the nominator (e.g., nominee's c.v., other supporting letters). The letter should provide a contextual summary of the nominee's signature accomplishments, and it should demonstrate the nominee's qualifications. The nomination packet should not exceed 5 pages.

Evaluation Criteria:
  • Impact: How has the nominee's work transformed and or contributed to the discipline of museum anthropology (e.g., theory, methodology, influence);
  • Service: How has the nominee provided service to specific museums (e.g., collections, exhibits, public outreach);
  •  Mentoring: How has the nominee influenced and inspired the careers of students and colleagues (e.g., mentorship, curriculum development, innovative teaching)?

Lifetime Award recipients will be presented with a gift from CMA and a certificate of 

the award.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Deadline Extended: 2017 CMA Conference Survey

The CMA Board is seeking your input for a Council for Museum Anthropology conference in 2017.  We politely request that you complete the survey by Monday, August 15 so that we may receive your feedback in time to use the survey results in grant writing and venue planning.

The survey can be accessed through this link Please don't hesitate to contact any one of us with questions.

Thank you!
CMA Board Inaugural Conference Committee

Erica Lehrer, Canada Research Chair in Museum & Heritage Studies, Concordia University

Josh Bell, Curator of Globalization, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

John Lukavic, Associate Curator of Native Arts, Denver Art Museum 

Jen Shannon, Curator & Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, University of Colorado - Boulder

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Smithsonian returns Maori remains to New Zealand

Madison Park, CNN
May 28, 2016

The Smithsonian Institution has returned the remains of 54 indigenous people, including four mummified Maori heads, to a New Zealand museum.

The New Zealand Museum Te Papa Tongarewa works to preserve the country's heritage and cultures. It held a ceremony with community members acting as pall bearers as the remains were brought back to their homeland.

The ceremony held Friday was a grim reminder of how human body parts of indigenous people were swapped and sold in a grisly, exploitative trade. Many of the remains were taken from New Zealand by foreigners, according to the Library of Congress.

"These were dark days, when these tupuna (ancestors) were traded, collected and stolen, but today we have the opportunity to put right the mistakes of the past," said Dr. Arapata Hakiwai, a Maori co-leader in a statement from Te Papa.

A total of 60 Maori and Moriori individuals' remains held in private and public collections in the United States and the United Kingdom were repatriated.

The Smithsonian had received the Maori remains from U.S. expeditions held in the 1800s. Two of the preserved, tattooed Maori heads formerly owned by the institute had been purchased by an American, Charles Wilkes from the British, according to the Smithsonian.

More here.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Position Announcement: Project Manager, Iraq Scheme, The British Museum

The British Museum has a unique opportunity for a Project Manager to be part of an exciting project. The post-holder will manage the delivery of the Museum’s Iraq Scheme project, managing the Training Coordinator and supporting the Project Director and Lead Curators in the delivery, evaluation and development of a training programme based in London and Iraq. The post-holder will be based in London and will not be required to travel to Iraq.

In this key role for the Museum’s Iraq Scheme, you will deliver a complex project to budget and to the highest possible standards of quality and efficiency. You will work closely with colleagues across the Museum to ensure the successful development and delivery of the training programme, amongst other duties.

Educated to degree level, or equivalent, you will possess a project management qualification and will have demonstrable experience of project/programme management and working with international stakeholders. Experience of working with the Middle East and Arabic language skills would be advantageous.

The successful candidate will be able to work effectively, diplomatically and professionally with internal and external stakeholders, upholding a tactful and culturally-sensitive manner at all times. You will seek to meet tight deadlines and will remain resourceful in unexpected circumstances.

Salary: £31,988 per annum pro-rata
Contract: Fixed Term: 12 months in duration (Part time: 4 days per week)

About the British Museum:
Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. With over 6.8 million visitors in 2015, the Museum is the top visitor attraction in the UK, and its world-famous collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian mummies, the Admonitions Scroll, and the Amaravati sculptures.

The Museum is an equal opportunity employer, supports a diverse workplace and offers a competitive benefits package including:

• Membership of the civil service pension scheme
• Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions
• Participate in private and public Museum activities, including talks by leading curators from around the world and behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn how museums care for and manage their extraordinary collections
• Generous annual leave allowance
• Interest-free season ticket loan
• Child care voucher scheme
• Professional & personal development opportunities
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Discounts on food and gift shop purchases

If you are a positive individual, passionate about the Museum and would like to know more about this exciting opportunity, please follow the “Apply now” link below where you will be directed to complete your application.

Closing date: 10th June 2016, Midday

If you have any queries regarding this role, please email us at or call 0845 601 1124. Please quote the job reference number in the subject line of any email and at the beginning of a call.