Assistant Curator of Studio and Family Programs

  • 04 May 2021 4:37 PM
    Message # 10441994

    POSITION: Assistant Curator of Studio and Family Programs

    REPORTS TO: Curator of Interpretation

    STATUS: Full-time, Exempt

    Job Summary

    The Mississippi Museum of Art is seeking a dynamic and creative Assistant Curator of Studio and Family Programs.  This studio educator facilitates age and grade appropriate experiences in the Museum’s classrooms that connect students to the power of imagination through art and creative expression. This individual is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the Education Department’s studio programs and plays a leading role in creating the vision and strategy for growth and sustainability of the Department.

    Essential Functions

    Role # 1: Studio programming

    ·         Designs and teaches regular studio programming such as Family Day and Look and Learn.

    ·         Oversee school trip studio projects

    ·         Conduct on-site and off-site Studio Art Programs for youth and adult audiences

    ·         Promote MMA Studio Art Programs with local schools, agency administrators, and community leaders

    ·         Collaborate with Education Department staff in the development and implementation of MMA Education programs involving a studio art component and production of family guides

    ·         Design and implement grade-appropriate and standards-based studio art lesson plans

    ·         Develop Studio Art Programs that connect to current MMA exhibitions

    ·         Develop methods for evaluating each program and use feedback to modify for improvement

    ·         Maintain flexible, organized, and stocked studio spaces.

    ·         Coordinate and secure teaching artists for the summer Museum School programs

    Role # 2: Art Therapy

    ·         Oversee studio programs and activities such as our signature Art Therapy programs, Creative Healing Studio and Art in Mind.

    Role # 3: Engagement spaces

    ·         In collaboration with the Curator of Interpretation, aid in development of and maintain in-gallery engagement spaces.

    Role # 4: Digital resources

    ·         Create digital resources for Teachers for all media platforms, including the app

    Supervisory Responsibility

    ·   Assist in overseeing Museum School summer art teachers


    ·         Bachelor’s degree with a background in art, education, studio teaching, or equivalent experience

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    ·         Communicative and collaborative

    ·         Effective personal skills ranging from pre-school through adults

    ·         Ability to utilize and troubleshoot technology (iPads, iPods, flat screen TVs, telephone systems, computers)

    ·         Strong computer skills and familiarity with MS Office Suite products (Word, Outlook, and Excel)

    ·         Strong written skills

    ·         Highly organized with ability to problem-solve in a fast-paced work environment


    Some travel may be required.

    Physical Demands and Work Environment

    The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    ·         Some duties may require long periods of standing and walking as well as frequent reaching and kneeling, pushing, pulling, carrying, lifting and moving objects 5 pounds or more. Work may be performed both indoors and outdoor throught the 

    About the Mississippi Museum of Art

    The Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The Museum is a private not-for-profit and is not a department or agency of the state or federal government.

    The Mississippi Museum of Art is more than an art museum in Jackson, Mississippi. It is a museum of Mississippi – a museum that connects Mississippians to our culture, our history, our communities, and to each other. It is a museum informed by the legacy of our past and emboldened by a vision of a future without division.

    We believe it our responsibility to the community to explore and examine every facet of the Mississippi story. The Mississippi Museum of Art is committed to curating a shared space for every Mississippian – a brave space where we can all find wonder, peace and a voice. 

    We pride ourselves in being a visitor and community-focused art museum and garden in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. The Museum employs a collaborative staff that works to ensure the exhibitions, programs, operations, and community outreach fulfill the mission, vision, and core values of the institution. We are committed to building a culture of inclusivity that includes continued professional development opportunities at all levels of the Museum.


    The Mississippi Museum of Art connects Mississippi to the world, and the power of art to the power of community.


    Committed to honesty, equity, and inclusion, the Mississippi Museum of Art is a leader in engaging art, artists, and participants in the critical work of reckoning with the past, connecting with each other in the present, and envisioning a future without division.

    Core Values

    ·         Warm Welcome + Inclusion. The Museum will model open hospitality for all people and will demonstrate inclusiveness at all levels of its operations and programs.

    ·         Honesty + Diversity. Honoring diverse viewpoints, histories, and lived experiences, the Museum will be a place for honest conversations that respect difference in the service of increased understanding and empathy.

    ·         Local Relevance + National Distinction. The Museum pursues deep investigations into Mississippi’s cultural history and produces programs of high quality and relevance that attract new national partners seeking to explore the relationship between Mississippi and the world. 

    ·         Artworks + Artists. Museum programs will honor the primacy of artistic objects as sources of meaning and will include, when possible, meaningful opportunities for participants to have personal experiences with visual artists.

    ·         Excellence + Equity. Museum programs, exhibitions, and collections will place artistic value as critical, while simultaneously dismantling traditional hierarchies of genre and style.

    ·         Trust + Authority. The Museum values academic scholarship and accuracy; and, at the same time, it trusts the voices of people who have lived experiences that deepen the meaning of its exhibitions.

    Passing a pre-employment background check is required for this position in accordance with Museum insurance policies. Potential start date of July 1, 2021.

    To apply for an opportunity to be a part of our dynamic team, please send your cover letter and résumé to