From Peterborough, Ontario to TVO, Kevin D’Innocenzo shares his career journey with Museum Management and Curatorship students

kevin-dinnocenzoWhen Kevin D’Innocenzo gave a passionate presentation on “Bringing Back Heritage Minutes” to his Museum Management and Curatorship peers six years ago, little did he know that not only would more Heritage Minutes air, but that Kevin himself would earn a job at TVO.

TVO is a provincial television station that airs educational programming. At their Toronto-based office, Kevin works diligently as the Media Researcher/Archivist.

“The best thing about my job is getting to represent the diversity of Ontario through media and having the opportunity to influence Ontarians across the province,” said Kevin. “It’s humbling to have that responsibility.”

Kevin’s responsibilities include clearing copyright for all media used in television programs, documentaries and organizational initiatives, including audio, video, images, and literary works; interpreting Canadian copyright legislation; archiving new media that TVO films and produces, and more.

“Did my Fleming education prepare me for my job? Absolutely,” said Kevin, who graduated from the Museum Management and Curatorship program in 2012. “My responsibility during the exhibit in MMC was to research, negotiate and license the exhibition we put on at Peterborough City Hall. It’s called ‘We Were There: Stories of Peterborough in Times of Conflict’ and it’s still there– we got to do a permanent exhibition.”

After earning his Bachelor of Arts in History at Trent University in 2007, Kevin travelled the world, and taught and developed English curriculum in South Korea. “After spending several years overseas, I realized my affection for ethnographic studies. Paired with my lifelong love for museums, it was a natural choice for me to pursue dreams of working in the field of cultural heritage,” said Kevin.

From 2012 to 2013, Kevin served as an E-Volunteer at the Royal Ontario Museum and then was hired as a Project Assistant on contract at the Ontario Museum Association for a year. In 2014, Kevin was hired as an Exhibitions Consultant at Lord Cultural Resources, the world’s largest cultural professional practice that plans and designs services in the museum, cultural and heritage sector.

In July 2017, Kevin was ready for a change and took a job at TVO in the archives. “Seeing my name on the credits of The Agenda with Steve Paikin for the first time, I was like, ‘mom, take a picture!’” he laughed.

Kevin recently returned to his old stomping grounds at the Fleming Annex, Peterborough Museum & Archives, to speak with current Museum Management and Curatorship students about his career path and college experience, as well as to share advice.

Kevin’s tips to current students are:

  • Focus your interests and build experience around them
  • Be enthusiastic
  • Network
  • Understand what you want to get out of a job
  • Volunteer
  • Don’t be afraid to fail and learn from it!
  • If you’re not a good writer, become one
  • Be tenacious

Kevin said he recommends this Fleming graduate certificate program because it prepares students for the real world.

“There’s a theoretical component of the program, but what sets it apart is the applied learning, which I was able to take with me and use to this day.”

Conservation grad swaps snow for palm trees at the University of Miami

laura-fedynyszynLaura Fedynyszyn, Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management graduate (Class of 2013), swapped the cold Canadian weather for sunshine and palm trees in Miami, Florida this winter.

The Fleming College graduate is working at the University of Miami Libraries as the Andrew W. Mellon Conservation Fellow, where she performs conservation treatments on rare books and paper objects from the permanent collections on campus.

“I love the range of objects I get to work on. We have maps and manuscripts dating back to the 15th century but also a wealth of new materials, such as zines. Each pose their own preservation problem, so every day is something new,” said Laura, who creates a variety of mounts and supports for objects on display, and works with an installation team to set up the exhibits.

Laura’s previous experience includes conservation contracts at Library and Archives Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and the John M. Kelly Library at the University of Toronto. She decided to move to Miami in November 2017 because of the amazing career opportunity the university presented.

“The other faculty I work with are knowledgeable and supportive. We have a new and wonderfully outfitted conservation lab with a lot of equipment I have never gotten to work with before, so it’s been a great learning experience,” said Laura. “Canada is home, but I must say it’s nice to skip winter!”

Laura credits her Fleming education for preparing her for the Fellowship at the University of Miami, especially the work completed during her final semester.

“That semester provided me with a solid foundation and gave me excellent exposure to the type of media I came to love working with the most,” said Laura, who explained that book and paper conservation was the area of focus during final semester of the Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management program.

Laura came to Fleming College after earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking at OCAD University. She was attracted to Fleming’s graduate certificate because it offered experience working with a range of objects, such as metals, ethnographic objects, textiles, and paper.

“I was interested in learning about the collections management and preventive conservation side of things too, as I know conservators at many small institutions are often tasked with these facets of collections care as well,” said Laura. “The Fleming program provided a great balance of all the different aspects of conservation and collections care.”

Laura describes her Fleming College experience as “amazing” and keeps in touch with many of her classmates. She describes the courses as intense and well-structured, with lots of hands-on projects, and appreciates the wealth of knowledge her instructors brought to the classroom from their extensive work experience in the field.

Her advice to current students is to be willing to move for opportunity. “Being mobile and able to go where the work is helps a lot, especially when you are just starting out,” she said. “Be open to any and all contracts that are in the realm of conservation. For example, I took a two-week contract at Cambridge Galleries and was able to expand that into over a year of work conserving their permanent collection and planning for a new storage vault. You never know what great opportunity is just around the corner.”

Jessica Bekesi credits Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management program for earning competitive internship placement

jessica-bekesi-headshotJessica Bekesi was ready to hit the ground running after graduating from the Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management program in June 2017. The following month, Jessica started her position at Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre as Preventive Conservation Intern through Young Canada Works.

“The Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management program was instrumental in my getting this internship. Without it, I wouldn’t have the education or experience to be equipped for this position,” said Jessica. “The Fleming program is highly respected in the field of conservation in Canada and I feel it definitely had an impact on my application. In fact, one of my co-workers at the Heritage Centre is a fellow Fleming graduate from the ‘sister program,’ Museum Management and Curatorship.”

As Preventive Conservation Intern, Jessica analyzes environmental and storage conditions, and conservation policies to recommend changes to improve artifact care; she is instituting new guidelines for conservation standards and a new condition reporting system; and she is reorganizing parts of the storage area, helping to introduce an integrated pest management system, re-houses artifacts, and creates new mounts and enclosures when needed.

“My career is set on the foundation of knowledge I gained at Fleming College”

“Almost all of the tools and skills I need and use on a daily basis at my internship I developed at Fleming College,” said Jessica. “I learnt proper artifact photography in my class Technology Applications, environmental monitoring and pest identification in Reducing Risks to Collections, specific artifact needs I learnt in abundance in the numerous History of Technology and Lab Techniques classes. […] My career is set on the foundation of knowledge I gained at Fleming College.”

jessica-at-workJessica decided to take Fleming’s Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management program after earning her Bachelor’s degree in History and Art History (Honours) at Queen’s University. She wanted to gain hands-on experience in treating museum artifacts and Fleming College’s program seemed like the perfect fit for her goals.

“I loved my time at Fleming College,” said Jessica, who developed close relationships with her peers and professors due to the program’s small class size. “All of our teachers were so obviously passionate about their work and all had experience within the field– most of who are still actively working in museum conservation. Feeling how much the instructor’s cared about the class and the information was infectious and such a pleasure to be a part of.”

She added, “I was amazed at the equipment available to me in the labs and feel so lucky to have been able to learn with these tools.”

The Fleming College graduate said she would recommend this program to aspiring conservators because it helped her develop a deeper passion for her career. And for students currently in this program, she recommends networking, asking questions, and putting in as much time as possible into work and labs. She also recommends using the library, explaining, “the resources there are amazing and catered so well to this field like nowhere else I’ve seen. Conservation books can be few and far between and very expensive, so having the library was a huge asset.”

Within the walls of the Haliburton School of Art + Design, Christina Dedes feels like she belongs

christina-dedes-blogThe first time Christina Dedes encountered the bright red doors at the Haliburton School of Art + Design (HSAD), she stopped in her tracks to read the quote “Within these walls, the walls within disappear.” Nervousness washed over her as she entered the building, and ever since that day Christina has felt a resolute sense of belonging.

“Within these walls, I’ve had powerful breakthroughs, emotional breakdowns, and moments of complete silence and meditation. Collectively, these emotional experiences have allowed me to grow into myself. Coming to HSAD has been a self-revealing experience, rooted in truth and authenticity,” she said.

Christina began her post-secondary journey in the Visual and Creative Arts Diploma program and is spending her second year in Integrated Design. She plans to receive both diplomas in 2019 after three years of study.

“It was inspiring to see my classmates develop and grow throughout the semester, and we supported each other through all the long days and sleepless nights.”

She describes Visual and Creative Arts as challenging but said it helped her develop a strong work ethic. She also gained a better understanding of materiality, form, composition, and digital programs like Photoshop.

“It was inspiring to see my classmates develop and grow throughout the semester, and we supported each other through all the long days and sleepless nights,” said Christina. “I am really proud of the VCAD class for all of our collective accomplishments, and for allowing ourselves to grow into new and wholesome human beings. By the end of VCAD, we were all a little less terrified of what was to come and a bit more confident of our abilities to create a better future.”

A self-portrait of Christina Dedes.
A self-portrait of Christina Dedes

Looking back, Christina said those long days and late nights were some of her favourite HSAD moments, including ordering pizza to campus to enjoy with her classmates while working on projects. And despite feeling exhausted, Christina said she wouldn’t change a thing.

She decided to continue her studies at Fleming’s Haliburton Campus by enrolling in the Integrated Design program, which helps students discover what kind of designer they are meant to be.

“The creator of the program, Barr Gilmore, has created a diploma that gives a well-rounded view of the design world. Whether you’re learning about the history or applying the theory into your own design drawings, you can be confident that the skills you are building in the classroom will benefit you in real-world scenarios in the future,” said Christina, who enjoys using the Maker Space on campus, which features a laser cutter, plotter printer, and two 3D printers for students to use.

“The Haliburton School of Art + Design is unlike any place you’ve visited before, and it’s likely you’ll never come across a place like this again.”

She started the program on a high note, winning the MacBook Pro contest Fleming College hosted. Since most of Christina’s assignments are done through Adobe programs, having a laptop has helped her work on-the-go.

“The Haliburton School of Art + Design is unlike any place you’ve visited before, and it’s likely you’ll never come across a place like this again. Regardless of your skill level, you will be welcomed into the HSAD community, where you will meet many like-minded individuals who come from all over Ontario,” said Christina. “I cannot stress enough how fortunate the students are to be surrounded by so many compassionate and skilled artisans, designers, and creatives during the school year. The building itself offers space for every type of creative pursuit, and the beautiful, meditative campus will keep you grounded during your studies.”

From childhood museum visits to CEO of Western Development Museum, Joan Kanigan has a lifelong passion for heritage

joan-kanigan-editJoan Kanigan, Chief Executive Officer of the Western Development Museum, has always had a passion for museums and heritage. Some of her earliest memories are of visiting museums in Regina with her family, learning about the world around her and what life was like in the past.

“Museums are places of connection and not only was I connecting with my family, I was developing a broader understanding of the world and our place in it,” said Joan.

She grew up to earn a Master of Arts degree at Trent University followed by a graduate certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship at Fleming College.

“What I enjoyed most was that almost all of our classes were held in the Peterborough Museum & Archives,” said Joan about her Fleming College experience.

“Everything we were taught was complemented with actual experience,” she said. “For example, instead of just talking about how to design exhibits, we got to create an exhibit for the museum– right from conception to opening it to the public. The hands-on experience, which is part of the program, was very valuable.”

Joan, who graduated from Fleming College in 1995, said she recommends this program because it is an excellent introduction to all facets of museology.

“What I appreciated most about the program was the practical skills that we learnt in addition to the theoretical background. It’s one thing to talk about how to do something and another to have the opportunity to learn by doing.”

22 years after graduating from Fleming College, Joan is now CEO of the Western Development Museum, which has four museum branches throughout Saskatchewan. Joan is responsible for providing strategic leadership and management in the areas of financial, risk and facilities management; board administration and support; fundraising; program and service delivery; people leadership and community relations.

Recently she amalgamated the collections, conservation, and research departments into a single curatorial department, which is a change Joan is proud to have implemented.  “The excitement the staff involved in this change are bringing to the process is incredibly rewarding,” she said. “It is amazing to see how much creativity and passion has been unleashed by bringing these departments together. Everyone is working more collaboratively and there is a real sense of purpose being shown by everyone in the department.”

Her advice to current students is to never stop learning. “Since graduating, I have continually worked to develop new skills and gain a greater understanding of governance, leadership and management,” said Joan.

“The skills and knowledge you gain through formal education is just the beginning,” she added. “I have been working for non-profits and museums for over 20 years and there is still so much more learning and development I can do to better serve my organization and our communities.”

Collaboration is key for Conservation graduates

alison-and-priscilla-blogConservation is a collaborative effort for Conservator Alison Freake and Conservation Intern Priscilla Lo at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Both are graduates of Fleming College’s recently renamed Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management program, which trains students in preserving various aspects of arts and heritage for future generations. Priscilla graduated in 2016 from the Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management program and Alison finished what was then called Collections Conservation and Management in 2001.

“Fleming graduates have a solid understanding of the materials they are working with and an eagerness to learn as much as they can in order to do the best job,” said Alison, who is mentoring fellow Fleming grad Priscilla. “There is a willingness to take part in broader activities and an awareness of the importance of institutional workflow and how we, as conservators, are able to contribute in so many different areas.”

As a conservator, Alison is responsible for the physical condition of records held by the Provincial Archives of Alberta, which includes: manuscripts, bound volumes, photographic prints and negatives, maps, architectural renderings and other archival materials. She is involved with exhibit design and installation, site visits, preservation training, collection evaluations, and special events, and teaches workshops for the Archives Society of Alberta and various post-secondary institutions.

Alison said her Fleming education is relevant and helpful to her career, and its holistic approach to collections care has proven useful as her job duties have expanded. Her program internship also helped her gain real world experience that proved beneficial down the line.

“My internship project was the assessment of a parchment collection for the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador (now The Rooms – Provincial Archives Division), which was very relevant to my position at the Archives,” she said.

Alison moved to Peterborough for her graduate certificate after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her advice to current students is to be prepared to move around, get involved in the conservation community, and remember the importance of relationships.

“The Fleming conservation community is a very strong presence in our field, since there are graduates working in many heritage/memory institutions in various capacities. As a profession, it is important to have our members participate in a collegial manner, and the common educational background plays a substantial role in our community,” said Alison, who is the current President of the Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property.

Alison enjoys welcoming recent graduates into the field through mentorship. She is currently mentoring 2015 graduate Priscilla Lo, who is interning at the Provincial Archives of Alberta through the Young Canada Works Post-Graduate Internship.

“Priscilla has been a great deal of fun to work with!” said Alison. “The Young Canada Works Post-Graduate Internship is meant to give a boost in practical application of skills in a larger institution and she has been doing a great job in the conservation lab. She seems to be enjoying her time here, so my goal is to make sure she gets what she needs from us, even while her work plays such an important role in our preservation program.”

Priscilla is responsible for treatment, collections care, and outreach projects such as repairing glass plate negatives, item-level collection assessment and treatment of paper-based records, as well as taking part in site visits and facility tours. Like Alison, Priscilla said her Fleming College education is useful in her job.

“In our course on paper objects, we had the chance to carry out treatments on a paper object of our choice. The practical skills I learned while doing this treatment gave me experience to work on treating paper objects at my current job,” she said.

Priscilla added that she still uses her class notes from school and encourages current students to take lots of photos and extensive notes while doing treatments. “You may use a technique or method later on in the future for a similar object,” she said. “Also, keep all your notes– the group notes compilation will help you greatly in the future!”

Priscilla is enjoying her internship experience thus far, especially being mentored by Alison.

“It’s encouraging because Alison is so good at what she does and she’s been at the Archives for so long,” said Priscilla. “She’s a great mentor and encourages discussion whenever possible. She’s genuinely interested in helping me strengthen my skills and my portfolio.”

Priscilla hopes to pay it forward one day and be a mentor herself to pass on her knowledge and skills to an emerging conservator.

#AllAccessPass: Fleming College grad brings Whyte Museum to social media

meghan-walshWhile many may view the museum world as artifacts behind glass, hushed tones and closed doors, Meghan Walsh hopes to change that.

The Museum Management and Curatorship graduate, Class of 2016, is the Digital Content Coordinator at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, Alberta. In her newly created role within the Marketing Department, Meghan manages the Museum’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Blogger pages, creating engaging content for events, exhibitions and services.

“Social media has a huge impact on the museum world,” said Meghan. “It’s opened up not only the reach of museums in regards to marketing and advertising for events and services, but it’s opened up the possibility of access to the amazing collections that museums have.”

Meghan added that this online space for interaction has proved beneficial, saying, “We’ve had many people contact us through social media, providing us with information about an archival photo we posted that we can then add to our database records. The potential is truly endless.”

The Fleming College graduate said her favourite part of the job is exploring behind-the-scenes at the Whyte Museum.

“We’ve experimented with two Facebook Live video sessions, giving people behind-the-scenes tours of exhibits as they are installed and afterwards,” said Meghan. “I was also lucky enough to accompany our Curatorial Assistant on a tour of the collections facility with a group of immigrant women from all over the world participating in a writing workshop called the Shoe Project. Seeing the women’s reactions to some of the artifacts, eager to learn more about the stories behind them, was fantastic to see.”

Although this is Meghan’s first time working in the Marketing Department, it is not her first time working at the Whyte Museum. The Museum Management and Curatorship grad completed her Fleming College program internship there, gaining experience in the Heritage/Art Department and the Archives/Library Department.

“The staff were amazing and really mentored me– not only in the technical skills that I needed to do my job, but also in the career skills needed to succeed in my future career,” she said.

After graduating from Fleming College, Meghan worked as the Curatorial Assistant for the City of Greater Sudbury Museums on a one-year contract and then took a six-month contract at the Whyte Museum, where she worked as the Collections Management Coordinator for the Alpine Club of Canada Library Collection. From there, she stayed on at the Whyte Museum in the new Digital Content Coordinator position.

“The Museum Management and Curatorship program at Fleming definitely prepared me for my current position,” said Meghan. “The simple fact that I had the chance to learn about social media in museums first-hand through the Education and Public Programming course of the MMC program gave me great experience. It was also basically what initially planted the seed in my brain about the potential behind social media in museums.’

‘Also, the experience that I gained in the MMC program in regards to all the different departments of a museum gave me an advantage because Marketing and Communications does deal with every department and it’s important to have a basic understanding of how they function and what their purpose is,” she said.

‘Everything is Awesome’ for Valedictorian Kaitlin Crow

kaitlin-crow-blogKaitlin Crow’s theme song for her time at Fleming College is “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie.

“In the Museum Management and Curatorship program, there was a lot of group work,” said Kaitlin, who is graduating from the program next week at convocation. “A running joke in our class was when the instructor came around to ask how everything was going, we would sing back the ‘Everything is Awesome’ song. It worked, ‘Everything is cool when you’re part of a team.’”

Kaitlin describes her experience at Fleming as intense and rewarding. “This program was incredible in providing me with a wide array of skills that are extremely beneficial in the museum field,” said Kaitlin, who learned how to budget, apply for grants and run financials, and properly care for objects, among other skills.

She recommends the Museum Management and Curatorship program to anyone interested in the heritage sector because it provides hands-on experience and is taught by instructors who are experts in the field.

Kaitlin came to Fleming College after earning her undergraduate degree at Trent University. “I had heard through my university that Fleming had the best museum management program in Ontario,” she said. “I was already in love with the Peterborough community and this program allowed me to stay involved while pursuing a career in the heritage sector.”

Now that she is done classes, Kaitlin is working as the Educational Coordinator at Backus-Page House Museum. She will be returning to campus next week for convocation on Tuesday, June 6, where she will serve as Valedictorian at the 10 a.m. ceremony.

“I want my fellow graduates to remember to never stop learning on a day-to-day, whether it is through a conversation with a peer or if it means going back to school,” said Kaitlin. “Learning is what life is about.”

Valedictorian Emily Stonehouse returns home to Haliburton for her dream career

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Emily Stonehouse was at a bit of a crossroads when she first came to the Haliburton School of Art + Design, but now she is graduating from the Digital Image Design program as Valedictorian.

“The school really changed me and the people are all so amazing, it will be awesome to share my experiences and reflect on the past few months with some amazing and talented grads,” said Emily, who will be delivering her speech at the convocation ceremony on Friday, May 26. “I hope they realize how unique and talented they all are, and that their contribution to the arts world (and the real world) is so important.”

Emily returned to her hometown of Haliburton to regroup and figure out her next steps in life. She had previously attended the University of Ottawa, earning her Honours Bachelor of Arts with a Specialization in Communications; worked and travelled; and did academic upgrading, with a focus on Indigenous Women’s Studies, at Memorial University in Newfoundland.

“I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do with my life, but I knew I was looking for the opportunity to express my creativity, so I found out about this program and it looked like a perfect combination between creativity and application,” said Emily.

The small class sizes meant more one-on-one attention and skill development. “The focus in my program was primarily digital. We spent a lot of time learning about Photoshop, which I look back on now and remember being terrified to learn about, but I am beyond comfortable with the program now,” said Emily. “We also dabbled in photography, videography, narratives, and traditional arts.”

She recommends this program to others, describing it as “very current and allows you to keep up in this ever-changing technological world.”

Emily also appreciates the supportive, inclusive, and creative campus community at the Haliburton School of Art + Design. Her most memorable experience was facing her fear and participating in an open mic, playing guitar and singing a song she wrote. “I was terrified but the school environment is so supportive, it was exactly what I needed to finally do it,” she said.

After completing her program at Fleming’s Haliburton Campus, Emily was hired as the new Business Manager/Experience Facilitator at Yours Outdoors, a local tourism organization.

“I get to take the skills I learned about the digital world and start to use them to develop a broader clientele,” said Emily, who also facilitates local experiences with artists and adventurers. “I spend my days in arts studios or climbing trees, or hiking or in a canoe—it’s a dream!”

In her spare time, Emily writes for the local newspaper, adding, “I am just trying to become as involved in the community as possible, and combine everything I’ve learned and loved into a lifestyle and career.”

Bridging the gap between theory and practice, Cayla Morency takes Museum Management and Curatorship

Cayla Morency/ Photo Credit: Tina Kyriakakis
Cayla Morency/ Photo Credit: Tina Kyriakakis

Cayla Morency wanted to bridge the gap between the research and writing skills she developed in university with the practical world of museums and heritage organizations. That is why she decided to enroll in Fleming College’s Museum Management and Curatorship graduate certificate.

“Put simply, I had heard that Fleming’s Museum Management and Curatorship program was the best,” said Cayla, who has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Ottawa and Master of Arts in History from the University of Windsor.

She was intrigued by the program’s partnership with the Peterborough Museum & Archives and, after seven years of post-secondary education, the condensed nature of the program was attractive. “It turned out to be the best way to spend a year!” said Cayla, who is graduating from Fleming College this summer.

Cayla describes her Fleming College experience as fantastic and that Museum Management and Curatorship instructors – who have real industry experience – are excellent. Through group projects, including a temporary exhibit installed at the Peterborough Museum & Archives, Cayla developed teamwork skills and gained the hands-on experience she needed.

“The final exhibition, applied projects at local heritage institutions, and the curriculum-based internship provided the opportunity to put into practice the skills we had learned throughout the program,” said Cayla. “I owe a great deal to my instructors at Fleming and to my internship supervisor, Jennifer Nicoll at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University, for the knowledge and skills I learned that helped me gain employment at the National Gallery of Canada.”

Before officially graduating from Fleming College, Cayla is already employed. She is now the Exhibitions Officer and Collections Management Assistant at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

“I have had the unique opportunity to see the gallery preparing for the unveiling of the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries later this year,” said Cayla. “I was fortunate enough to see many iconic works from Canadian and Indigenous artists up close, as they were in storage in the months leading up to the new exhibition.”

Cayla’s tasks at the National Gallery of Canada focus on using the gallery’s database, MIMSY XG, to assist with tracking the location and exhibition of works in the gallery’s permanent collection, and those loaned for exhibitions; assisting Exhibition Managers with drafting letters and loan agreements to lending institutions, entering data related to loaned works of art, and more.

“The skills, applied projects, and internship experience in gallery and museum administration, artefact handling, database usage, and collections management were instrumental in the competition for the internship and current position I hold at the National Gallery of Canada,” said Cayla. “The Museum Management and Curatorship program provides emerging museum professionals the chance to develop skills in an intensive one-year program with constant opportunities to put theory into practice.”

Her advice to current Museum Management and Curatorship students is to volunteer and seek professional development opportunities. “The National Gallery of Canada offers paid 12-week internships in educational programming for art museums and collections management, sometimes several per year,” said Cayla. “These are great opportunities to build skills and gain experience in a museum setting.”