Although I really enjoyed my old job as Museum Educator, I was getting a little restless, mostly because of my unpredictable schedule. Last month I became the new Art Discovery Center Coordinator at the same museum. The ADC is a hands-on, interactive area of the museums with books, games, arts and crafts, dress up, and other activities for families. So while I had grown to be fine with holding snakes, when this opportunity came along, I said goodbye to the ball python. Now that I've shifted from a primarily-Science focus to a primarily-Art focus, I suddenly feel like I've come home.
This job is very different in other ways as well. Now I'm responsible for staffing the ADC with qualified volunteers and staff, managing the yearly budget for supplies, and making sure that we are providing visitors with the highest quality experience we can. As someone who spends a lot of my life volunteering, offering our volunteers the opportunity for development is a high priority for me.
My new workspace is BEAUTIFUL. There's no denying it's one of the most interesting and inviting places in Western Mass. The murals are all on Asian and Buddhist themes, and it's going to take me a while to memorize the meaning behind all of them.