By Elizabeth Cruzado, Graduate Assistant, and Robert Connolly, Director
This past summer, C.H. Nash Director, Dr. Robert Connolly and Graduate Assistant, Elizabeth Cruzado returned to the Ancash region of Perú to continue work on co-creative projects. Chucalissa and Peruvian communities like Hualcayán, Caraz and Nivín are locations that partner in co-creative projects to preserve the local cultural heritage. These projects include the participation of high school students who interview members from their communities to preserve their local history and keep cultural identity. Students in Southwest Memphis, Hualcayán, Nivín and Caraz are all participating in similar projects. Chucalissa will spearhead the application of a Museum Connect grant sponsored by the American Alliance of Museums. If awarded, the US and Peruvian communities will have additional resources available to learn from each other and further their own independent projects. For more information about their trip, see the latest issue of the University of Memphis College of Arts and Sciences E-files - http://www.memphis.edu/efiles/headlines/peru.php
Brooke's summer at the Met
By Brooke Garcia, Graduate Assistant at the C.H. Nash Museum
This summer I embarked on a big adventure to the Big Apple! As part of the MuSe (Museum Seminar) Internship Program, I spent 10 weeks working as a graduate intern in the Registrar’s Office at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It truly was a life-changing experience!
The Registrar’s Office is located in the basement of the Met’s 5-floor, 4-cityblock long building. Tuesdays through Fridays, I worked on special projects with registrars in charge of outgoing art loans to other museums and incoming loans for special exhibitions. I also worked with staff in Storeroom One where all art going in and out of the Met is processed. I never thought I would enjoy working in a basement so much, but I really got a feel for what it’s like to work at a major museum like the Met. So much more goes on behind the scenes that the average visitor never gets to see. I once saw conservators rolling an ENTIRE suit of armor down the hallway near my office!
As part of the MuSe program, every Monday was structured like a day-long class. 45 interns from all different departments gathered on Mondays for staff lectures, gallery talks, special exhibition tours, behind-the-scenes tours of the Met’s many different departments, and even field trips to other New York museums, like the Whitney Museum of Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Even the Director and the President of the Met took time and came to speak to the interns! But my absolute favorite thing about working at the Met? Probably the fact that at any time, I could walk upstairs and be able to see 5,000 years of art from all around the world!
Living in NYC was also an interesting experience. My Met ID got me into a lot of NYC museums for free, and I made sure to hit up the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and even the South Street Seaport Museum, where I won a free cruise around New York Harbor!
I had a wonderful time working for such an iconic museum as the Met, but I’m happy to be back in Memphis and excited to get back to work at the C.H. Nash Museum!
Calling all volunteers!
Want to have a fantastic time at a museum? See it through the eyes of a child. As the season approaches for school group tours, volunteers are needed to help us deliver engaging, hands-on educational experiences for our young visitors.
What’s in it for you? Besides a truly fun experience and the satisfaction of watching young minds learn, volunteers who sign up for four or more hours per month will receive a Chucalissa tee-shirt and a 10% discount on all museum shop purchases.
What is the commitment? You can write your own ticket. Come out as often as you like to assist with school groups. Groups are typically on week-day mornings or early afternoons and last approximately two hours. Let us know what days/times are best for you.
What are the duties? Volunteer docents greet school groups, help move the groups from activity to activity, lead scavenger hunts, and participate alongside the students in our hands-on archaeology lab exercises.
How do I sign up? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 901.785.3160. We will work with you to find the times and activities that best suit your schedule and interests.
Family Days - EVERY Saturday at 10am & 1pm
For the price of regular Museum admission:
Take a tour of the Museum, throw darts with an atlatl, conduct a scavenger hunt in our Main Hall, tour our Hands-On Archaeology Lab and participate in a fun educational program and craft activity!
For more information, please visit our website.