Contract Outreach Evaluator

Who We Are

Founded in 1978, Mingei International Museum collects, preserves and exhibits “art of the world, art of the people,” including folk art, craft and design from all eras and cultures. Located in San Diego’s iconic Balboa Park, this highly respected Museum offers exhibitions and diverse educational programs, all aiming to inspire creativity for more than 100,000 visitors each year. At the heart of Mingei are stunning exhibitions celebrating human creativity.

Mingei has a deep commitment to creating a space where people are inspired to see their own world through new eyes and, in turn, rediscover, embrace and nurture their own creativity. As such, the Museum recently embarked on a comprehensive, $52M building renovation to fulfill this mission in meaningful new ways. The newly designed Museum will include a “living room” for Balboa Park, with a restaurant, garden courtyard, theatre and galleries, opening our space to visitors and new audiences. The transformed Mingei will be a place where all are welcome, where the community can gather, and where individuals can rest and find creative inspiration — all in the heart of Balboa Park.

While the Balboa Park Museum is temporarily closed through 2020, Mingei remains open for business with pop-up exhibitions, maker events and installations happening across the region, expanding the Museum’s community reach and adding new perspectives. The Museum plans to reopen to the public in the first half of 2021. To learn more about our exhibits and our space, please visit https://mingei.org/transformation.

Student, recent graduate in Elementary Education, Art Education, Art History or Studio Art, or emerging arts professionals, who will conduct classroom observations in elementary schools in San Diego Unified School District as part of the Museum’s Art of the People - School Outreach Program. Observations will take place in 3rd-grade classrooms.

The student will observe 8 – 10 outreach lessons (dates to be determined with project manager) throughout the semester and evaluate the efficacy of the program in a written report that includes but is not limited to the following deliverable metrics:

Position Summary

With stay-at-home orders in effect and schools currently engaging in distance learning, school/museum partnerships are rapidly adapting to these changing models. Mingei International Museum is seeking an emerging professional, student, recent graduate in Elementary Education, Art Education, Art History, Studio Art or a similar area of study who will conduct research and evaluation into the challenges of learning from home and how these challenges directly impact Mingei’s Art of the People Outreach program.

Through independent research, student, parent and teacher interviews and online surveys, the evaluator will assess current difficulties students, teachers and parents are experiencing within this new learning climate and how this affects Mingei’s Art of the People Outreach program.

CHALLENGES TO CONSIDER INCLUDE:

  • Lack of internet accessibility, language barriers, computer availability
  • Level of student enthusiasm from home
  • Percentage of participation from home
  • Moving forward, what are our elementary school communities looking for in our distance learning format, with suggestions on how to improve the current model

Salary

This is a contract position that requires a total of approximately 20 hours of work during the months of January 2021 through the end of February 2021. A thoroughly written report is due no later than the last day of the month: February 28. A stipend of $500 will be paid upon completion of report.