M.LiT 2014-15: Museum Leaders in Training

Teen giving tourProfessional Development, An Introduction to Conservation

 Learn. Explore. Advise. Discover.

Application Deadline: Jan 30, 2015
Students will be notified of decision by Feb 12, 2015

Participating students (grades 8 – 12) will gain a strong appreciation of the visual arts, in relation to history and culture, in this competitive 14-week, after-school and Saturday program. Throughout the program, they will interact with visiting artists and museum professionals, discover how to recognize the merits of others’ works, build healthy and lasting relationships with peers and instructors, and develop an understanding of the function of art and museums in society. This leadership program is taught through hands-on workshops, insightful lectures, and engaging discussions.

Up to 45 students will be selected based on merit of their application and regional demographics.

 

M.LiT Program Leadership Activities

  • Participate in and actively support and promote VMFA teen initiatives and programs within the community
  • Advise VMFA’s teen program coordinator on the development of teen programs, exhibitions, and incentives
  • Attend and participate in lectures, discussion groups, and leadership training
  • Serve as volunteers through teacher assistantships and community programs
  • Explore the professional roles and functions of museum- and art-related careers
  • Participate in workshops exploring various conservation techniques and best-practices covering a variety of media including but not limited to: paper, textiles, stone, metal, and glass

M.LiT Program Incentives

  • Free, fun program with exclusive benefits
  • Chance to earn 70+ hours of art-related community service
  • Free student-level membership to VMFA
  • Work with conservation and museum education staff to research and write content that will be used to build out VMFA object educational microsites
  • Conduct hands on exercises and experiments related to conservation with actual conservators
  • Experience working with professionals in the field of art, conservation and museum studies
  • Behind-the-scenes tours
  • VMFA Museum Leader Certificate

Qualifications and Requirements

Applicants must be in grades 8 – 12 (rising 8th graders may apply) and are accepted based on artistic merit, writing abilities, completeness of application, or superior teacher recommendations.

To successfully complete this 14-week program, M.LiT students must fulfill the following:

» 28 hours of training or workshops
» 14 hours of homework and readings
» 22 hours of work on a special VMFA archive project

» 20 hours of summer teacher assistantships during the 2015 Summer Art Adventures camp series

For more detailed information about the requirements of the M.LiT program please see M.LiT Policies and Guidelines.

For submission details and to apply, visit  M.LiT Application Information and Submission.

M.LiT Calendar

Schedule I

Orientation Thu, Feb 19 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Workshops Thursdays, Feb 26, Mar 5, 12, 19, 26, Apr 2, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, and Jun 4 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Go to Work with VMFA Day Wed, Apr 8 | 9 am – 5 pm
A unique opportunity for M.LiTers to spend a full eight-hour day at VMFA shadowing a staff person.

Summer Orientation Jun 11| 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Summer Teacher Assistantships (as scheduled) Jul 6  – Aug 28

NOTE: Scheduling conflicts can be discussed with the program coordinator 

 

Schedule II

Orientation Sat, Feb 21 | 1-4 pm

Workshops Saturdays, Feb 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28, Apr 4, 18, 25, May 2, 16, 23, and Jun 6 | 1 –  4 pm

Go to Work with VMFA Day Wed, Apr 8 | 9 am – 5 pm
A unique opportunity for M.LiTers to spend a full eight-hour day at VMFA shadowing a staff person.

Summer Orientation, Jun 11| 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Summer Teacher Assistantships (as scheduled) Jul 6  – Aug 28

NOTE: Scheduling conflicts can be discussed with the program coordinator 

Additional Opportunities for M.LiTs

Open to all former M.LiT participants that are enrolled in or are rising 11th or 12th grade students. A summer “Teen Ternship” is a paid internship position with the VMFA Education Department. During this experience, the “Teen Tern” will gain experience working in the museum and assisting program coordinators with special activities relating to teen programming at VMFA.

Time commitment: 20 – 25 hours (weekly), Jun 22 – Aug 21 (excluding the week of Jul 4).

Schedule A: 9 am – 1:30 pm

Schedule B: 12:30 – 5 pm

To apply: Mail a cover letter and résumé to Teen Programs, 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220. In your cover letter, please explain why you would like to be considered for a “Teen Ternship” and the qualities you would bring to the VMFA Education Department. Specify your preferred schedule and any scheduling conflicts along with resolutions.

Deadline: Fri, May 15, 2015.  Teen Terns for summer 2015 will be notified of their acceptance by May 29, 2015.