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The Museum Group joins colleagues and friends around the world in mourning the loss of our dear member Jane Clark Chermayeff, who died on July 9 after a brief battle with cancer. She was 64. We invite you to read more about Jane’s remarkable work and her contributions to the field.

Marianna Adams has been invited to be the Educator in Residence at the Gardner Museum for July 2014, a museum with a long history of resident artists programs. Her interest this summer is on looking more closely at the family or intergenerational experience in art museums. While Marianna has deep experience in researching and evaluating families in museums, her approach this summer will be less structured and more as a participant observer. She is interested in the invisible pedagogies that social groups encounter in the museum and how a more mindful practice can make these pedagogies contribute to a more enriching experience. You can follow her journey on her blog.

The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix engaged Barbara Meyerson to serve as a year-long mentor for the garden’s director of education, who had been promoted into that position and was newly supervising several staff members who had been her peers in the department. Barbara and her mentee presented at the 2014 Conference of the American Public Gardens Association in Denver on The Magic of Mentoring: Who is Your Dumbledore? Discover How a Successful Mentor Relationship Can Transform your Institution and the People In It. They shared the work they did together around developing leadership and problem solving skills, project management and team development. 

Two of Darcie Fohrman’s projects have been recognized for excellence. Darcie was exhibition developer and facilitator for Above and Below: Stories from Our Changing Bay at the Oakland Museum of California which has received both an American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) 2014 Award of Merit and a 2014 HIP (History in Progress) Award. Darcie also did concept planning for Boy Scouts Sustainability Tree House, working with Volume Inc /Studio Terpeluk. The Tree House is in the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia and it received a SEGD Honor Award. So it’s no surprise that Darcie will serve as a panelist for the exhibition critique session, looking at The Neon Museum, at WMA’s 2014 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

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