Poster House launched its College Night series for college and graduate students to explore opportunities in the worlds of art, design, and museums. As colleges and universities closed in-person facilities and moved to remote learning sessions in response to COVID-19, Poster House followed suit and College Night went virtual.
The concept: So many different fields and professions go into building and running a museum, but often that work is hidden or unseen. This series invites those professionals to shed light on their work.
The format: Each lecture in this series featured Poster House staff from two different departments and a professional contractor the museum has collaborated with, answering the basics about what their jobs entail and how they got there.
The goal: After sharing these experiences, Poster House led students in professional development sessions that helped prepare them to apply for a museum internship or other job in the field, including on-site headshots, resumé reviews, interview preparation, and one-on-one mentoring.
This first event of the series looked back at the foundational elements of the museum: its physical structure, its mission, and its outreach. Our speakers for the evening were:
Marc Tsurumaki: Principal and Founding Architect at LTL, the firm behind the award-winning design of Poster House.
Julia Knight: Poster House Museum Director talked about putting the museum’s mission in place and building the leadership team.
Samantha Hirsch & Sierra Van Ryck deGroot: Poster House Education Director and Education Programs Manager spoke about the role of education within the museum’s mission and its importance in community building.
Professional Development Exercise: Head shots! We took your pic so you could update your LinkedIn profile.
This session was hosted on-site and was not recorded.
In this session, we focused on interactive installations, operations systems, and collections. Our speakers for the evening were:
John Kudos of KUDOS Design Collaboratory and KASA, responsible for the digital interactives within Poster House.
Colin Brady: Poster House Operations Director spoke about the building systems integrated into the museum and the Gallery Assistant and Security teams he put together.
Melissa Walker: Poster House Collections Manager reviewed her role as the keeper of the museum collection, and how it is managed and protected.
Professional Development Exercise: Resumé Review! We showed you the basics of resumé building and what we look for in the hiring process.
In this session, we learned the difference between PR, advertising, and marketing, and how that ties in with a museum shop. Our speakers for the evening were:
Ed Winstead, Director of PR firm Cultural Counsel, spoke about how to plan and promote an organization as a whole.
Bader AlAwadhi: Poster House Marketing Manager talked about the differences between PR and marketing, and how to strategize ad buys.
Molly McGeehan: Poster House Product Manager showed the basics of product development and how the shop can support and supplement museum functions.
Professional Development Exercise: Interviewing Basics! Make sure you’re grabbing the attention of your interviewer to land the perfect job.
In our final session, we talked about what makes Poster House, Poster House: design, and its presentation through exhibitions. Our speakers for the evening were:
Steven Heller: The legendary design scholar spoke about the design field and its diversity and application.
Angelina Lippert: Poster House Chief Curator reviewed the process of putting together an exhibition season and gave an introduction to curation.
Ola Baldych: Poster House Design Director spoke to how she designed exhibitions and other materials for the museum.
Professional Development Exercise: We prepared for Speed Mentorship! Students worked with museum staffers to identify which departments they were interested in to prepare for our internship applications and their career goals.
Like your time with us? Great! We offer $35 Student Memberships which provide you free access to live events—as well as museum access +1—throughout the year! Plus, receive discounts, exclusive member hours, and VIP invites.
Available jobs and paid internships are updated on the Poster House website.
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