Undergrad Receives Director’s Fellowship at Cleveland Museum of Art
Senior art education major, Christina Timmons has received a Director’s Fellowship at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) for the summer of 2019. Ms. Timmons is one of four undergraduate students from around the country chosen for the program, which aims to diversify the pool of emerging museum professionals. Two of the fellowships are reserved for top candidates who are attending historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and two for students from non-HBCUs.
While art education is her passion, Ms. Timmons has taken a recent interest in museum work through her experience working on a project with assistant professor of art history, Dr. Joseph Underwood. She has been working as a curatorial assistant for his upcoming exhibition TEXTURES: The History and Art of Black Hair.
“Professor Underwood informed me of the Director's Fellowship [at CMA] and I knew that it would be the perfect way to spend my summer,” said Ms. Timmons. Dr. Underwood believes Ms. Timmons’ success “highlights the efficacy of students assisting in faculty-sponsored projects as an essential way to prepare them for the competitive art world. This also facilitates mentoring for students of color into museums and academia—an urgent need as we seek to diversify the next generation of arts professionals."
This eight-week fellowship provides a $5000 stipend and an opportunity for Ms. Timmons to work directly with the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, Key Jo Lee. For the internship, she is helping to develop a millennial and generation z recruitment strategy for specific academic programs at the CMA. She will develop a new plan to engage university students in the CMA Student Guide Program, which trains undergraduates from any major to facilitate close-looking activities with visitors.
According to Ms. Lee, Ms. Timmons will also develop a plan to attract those same constituencies to the sessions that the guides facilitate. The strategies will be tested through direct outreach over the course of the internship and the project will culminate in a student recruitment plan that will outline target student populations, a design and marketing strategy, a phased implementation timeline and include measures of success.
“From this experience, I hope to learn more about the inner workings of the CMA and how they incorporate academics into their programs. I also hope to use this experience to one day begin my own youth art program,” said Ms. Timmons.