Amber Geary, the Andrew W. Mellon Educator for School and Community Programs at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, presented at the annual conference of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG). The meeting took place at the University of Miami June 21-24. This year’s theme was “Audacious Ideas: University Museums and Collections as Change-Agents for a Better World.”
Geary moderated and was a member of a panel on Strategies for Successfully Engaging and Empowering Students through Docent Programs, Collection Development, and Research.
Panelists explored best practices for engaging students — in courses or as interns, work-study employees, and volunteers — in researching collections, proposing acquisitions, and guiding visitors.
The purpose of the panel was to provide attendees with tools and tested methods of working with students that are scalable to the size and goals of their institution.