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Education Coordinator at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site: New Job Opportunity

Education Coordinator

The Thomas Cole National Historic site is now seeking a full-time Education Coordinator. They will work across the Education department to coordinate visitor and programmatic operations. This is a full time, year round position. Work schedule from May-October is Wednesday-Sunday; and Monday-Friday from November-April. In addition, special projects/events may take place on weekends year round. Reports to the Manager of Visitor Engagement. Compensation includes benefits and salary of $32,000 per year.

Coordination of Administrative Aspects of the Seasonal Touring Operations:

·   Ensure that the visitor experience runs smoothly. Guide the “Go-To Person” to solve problems.

·   Assist the Manager of Visitor Engagement with the interviewing/hiring of new guides for each season.

·   Train new and returning educators on logistical aspects of touring operation

·   Schedule guides so that the site is adequately staffed. Problem-solve when guides cancel their shift. Distribute the schedule to all staff who need to see it.

·   Oversee group tour reservations and scheduling staff. Problem-solve the way groups are guided through the site

·   Prepare for the opening and closing of each tour season. Tasks include setting up the seasonal staff office space, updating the tour manual, updating the Site’s phone messages and website regarding hours/offerings, and assisting the Manager of Visitor Engagement with other preparations

·   Lead daily tour staff meetings

·   Become a trained member of the tour staff and provide support, including filling in for last minute guide cancellations. For the first year, approximately 3 days per week. [See Museum Educator position description]

Coordination of School/Youth Programs:

·   Oversee multi-year project to create an online experience for youth audiences. Schedule meetings, oversee research, and be a key member of the project team

·   Oversee visit reservations and scheduling staff. Problem-solve the way students are guided through the site

·   Teach lesson plans/activities to students, both during on-site visits and by making trips to school classrooms

·   Be the primary contact for schools and teachers. Nurture newly formed relationships with schools and other youth organizations and develop new ones.

·   Maintain the Education tab on the TCNHS website

·   Lead group tours around the Site that consist primarily of children or students

·   Maintain a record system that summarizes relationship with schools/educators.

·   Train Educators how best to engage younger students, and how to lead lesson plans in classrooms and on site

·   Explore potential ways to connect with schools and youth audiences.

 Implementation of Educational Events/ Programs:

·   Work collaboratively with curatorial and interpretive teams to organize and implement various educational events and programs, such as lectures, public panels/talks with guest curators and presenting artists, and other educational programs. Create checklist of tasks for each and ensure all tasks are completed.

·   With Site Curator and Fellowship Director, plan and coordinate an annual meet and greet welcome Fellows event, Fellow’s public presentation event, and help with arrangements for monthly educational and professional site visits for the Cole Fellows.

·   Along with entire staff, assist with other events throughout the year as needed (such as fundraising events).


Susan Aberth penned a chapter!

Professor Susan L. Aberth wrote Women, Modern Art, and the Esoteric: Agnes Pelton in Context
in Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist a Phoenix Art Museum/Hirmer publication.


Sound modernities: histories of media and modern architecture

Congratulations to Olga Touloumi, Bard College, Art History and Sabine von Fischer

on the publication of the Introduction to  Sound modernities: history of media and modern architecture in The Journal of Architecture, Vol. 23, 2018
Issure 6: Sound Modernities: Histories of Media and Modern Architecture

“This set of essays tries to broaden scholarship on acoustics and architecture by investigating how architects and buildings dealt with sound at large. Our brilliant contributors – Jack Quinan, Gretta Tritch Roman, Michael Windover, Sandra Jasper, David Theodore, Carlotta Daro, Shundana Yusaf, put forward an interesting array of building programs to consider while investigating acoustic cultures: radio stations, prairie houses, libraries, hospitals, stock exchanges, wastelands, assembly halls, as well as concert halls and prairie houses, all made it in the issue. This special issue has been a long time in the making and we are extremely thankful to the Society of Architectural Historians and Ken Oshima for offering the initial platform for our panel in 2014; Viktoria Tkaczyk and the research group Epistemes of the Modern Acoustics at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science for hosting our workshop and allowing us to expand the scope in 2016; and the editor-in-chief Charles Rice of the Journal of Architecture for trusting and publishing this work.”   Olga Touloumi

Student Opportunities, Uncategorized


Each semester the Bard College Art History Program sponsors
a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for all students enrolled in an art history course.  This semester it is
Sunday, February 26, 2017


Tickets Available
See Jeanette McDonald, Fisher Annex 112


SIGHTSEEING: Vision and the Image in Early Modern Europe

skm_c284e16120115220_0001Curated by the students of ArtH 211
under the supervision of Professor Susan Aberth

Exhibition in the Stevenson Library Vitrines

November 29- December 29, 2016

Please come visit the camera obscura set up behind the campus center by ARTH 211, “Sightseeing.” The class built the camera obscura with a grant from the Experimental Humanities program. If there is sun, the camera will produce a beautiful “natural” image, made by light rays reflecting from objects outside the box onto its interior surface.

The camera obscura will be set up until Sunday (12/4) afternoon.



SKM_C284e16091409340_0001Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm

The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
The Luma Black Box Theater

Open to the public.


Art History Senior Presentations

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The Annual Art History Project Presentations
Thursday, May 19th, 2016  
at 5:00 pm in Olin 102
Come hear our graduating majors
present their senior projects and
join us immediately afterwards
for a reception and dinner
in Bard Hall.

All art history majors are encouraged
to attend.
please rsvp to or x7158


Art History Annual Majors Event

ASCHALKWIJKIG_10313990436The Art History Program
invites you to


Thursday, November 5, 2015
6:00-8:00 pm
Faculty Dining Room

Learn about Spring 2015 course offerings and hear 
presentations by three alumni art history majors on 
their experiences since graduating from Bard.

Majors are required to attend and all those interested 
in the program are encouraged to attend.

Food and beverages will be served.

rsvp to or call 845.758.7158


Machines and Maidens: Russian Dance in America

Dr. Mark Konecny, Associate Director and Curator of the archives and library of the Institute of Modern Russian Culture, a unique collection of twentieth century books, art, and cultural artifacts. His area of expertise is the interdisciplinary study of Russian and European culture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. He is currently putting together a digital exhibition of Russian art collections in America, concentrating on the first half of the twentieth century. With Lorin Johnson, he curated the exhibition, “Dance in Los Angeles”, which traveled from Los Angeles to the Bakhrushin Theater Gallery on Malaia Ordynka, 10-26 July. He is on fellowship with the Jordan Family Center, New York University.

MARK KONEKNY_TALK IMAGE_Theodore Kosloff in Cecil B. DeMille's Madam Satan_1930

Dr. Konecny will examine how Russian choreographers and dancers tried to adapt dance to the new medium of film (both silent and talkies) while democratizing their chosen art for mass culture. While most historians have concentrated on the elitist dances of Ballets Russes, Michel Fokine, and George Balanchine as emblematic of the influence of Russian choreographers on ballet, he would like to suggest an alternate history with an unlikely father: Nijinsky. While Russian dance is often associated with the flawless technical virtuosity of classical ballet, the actual history is much more a description of the vibrant evolution of modern dance and choreography that Russians were able to present to eager audiences of the new world. Innovators like George Balanchine, Adolph Bolm, and Theodore Kosloff transformed ballet in ways that are, to this day, unimaginable in Russia.

Thursday, September 24, 2015
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
RKC Laszlo Z. Bito ‘ 60 Auditorium (RKC 103)


Teju Cole has been awarded one of the 2015 Windham-Campbell Prize in fiction

Congratulations Teju Cole!

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