“I received the Andrew Mellon Summer Internship in the Museum Education Department at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum in Providence, RI. The internship is centered around the 2016 RISD Museum Teen Intensive. In the beginning of the internship I will be working with the staff to develop programming for the teen workshops, and afterward we will work on evaluating and exploring the impacts of gallery learning on the emotional development of teens. The internship emphasizes an interest in community learning, which is where my strongest interests lie. The RISD is one of the strongest college art museums in the country, and I am thrilled to be able to work with the staff there. In addition, I am originally from Rhode Island, so the RISD museum is both personally and professionally exciting for me.
The FSU MEX program has truly helped me make the connection between all of the things that I am interested in and passionate about. The emphasis on visitor-centeredness, collaboration, reflection, and on social justice are completely aligned with my own beliefs, yet the program has pushed me to be critical and reflective of my ideas, motivations, and practices. The MEX program has truly helped me to solidify my beliefs and has given me a strong foundation to support me in my future career.
I have enjoyed my personal growth and the relationships, both at FSU and at The Ringling in Sarasota, I have cultivated during my time in the MEX program. The professors truly supported my interests and helped me to fine tune them, supporting me to become more focused and directed. I am so excited to be the first graduate of the program and to use what I have learned to grow further and share our ideas, and practices with my colleagues. I am so thankful for the time my professors have taken with me, and I cannot wait to see how the program develops over the years to come.”
Once again, congratulations Maghan on all of your accomplishments.