Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Museum Happenings: Introducing the New, Interactive UM Museum Education Blog!

The University of Mississippi Museum first started an education blog last summer (see previous posts) to share project ideas, but the time has come to re-launch, re-explore, and re-invision museum education and ways this blog can be a tool for sharing UM Museum programming by connecting with our audiences virtually! 

I began as Curator of Education here at the Museum at the end of last July, and I have loved sharing our amazing collections with learners of all ages. Students have traveled back in time to Ancient Greece, explored modern abstractions, and built innovative sculptures in our programming on and off-site. Our outreach has expanded exponentially, as we have experienced an increase of over 600% in children reached beyond the walls of the Museum. To find out more about museum programming, visit our website

Our Education team will be posting regularly on this blog sharing Museum happenings, introducing readers to our staff, and showcasing the work of students inspired by the Museum collection. Please email us ( projects you do at home, ideas you have related to the collections, and ways you were inspired by a Museum visit, and we will post them on this blog. I look forward to sharing the collection, showcasing your creations, and connecting with you. 

Emily Dean 
Curator of Education
University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses

Stay tuned for posts in the following categories!

The first Monday of every month, one of our educators will post a mystery object (or fragment) from our collection. Viewers can post what they think the object is, what it could have been used for, and any other reactions!

Our talented team of interns make all of our programming possible- find out more about these talented and creative young leaders!

Teachers, this is for you! Let us know what you are doing in your classrooms related to Museum exhibits. Send us pictures and we will feature your students in a virtual gallery to share with parents, friends, and all of our viewers. 

Find out everything the Museum does beyond the physical building in our outreach programs, including our Traveling Trunks.

This blog will be interactive- we'll post prompts, ideas, and artworks for students to respond to and send in their own works to be featured. 

Tired of hearing from us? We'll be hearing from guest curators, program participants, other museums and more!

Step-by-Step instructions to make one of our education projects in your home or classroom!

We'll showcase kids hard at work in our programs and also post artwork inspired by our Museum collections!

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