Alumna Claire Angle (2007) at the Cincinnati Art Museum
Art History major describes her career path
I graduated from Southwestern University in 2007 with a BA in Art History. I then moved to Austin, Texas where I began working in education as a kindergarten teacher assistant and after-school program assistant with Trinity Episcopal School. I loved teaching and working with the kids; however, I missed being around the arts. I then sought job opportunities and internships with art museums and non-for-profit arts organizations. I worked with the Austin Children’s Museum as a gallery educator, went to various schools across the greater Austin area as an art teacher with Theatre Action Project (now Creative Action Project), and was a special projects intern with the Blanton Museum of Art. During this time of exploring career options, I decided that museum education was my preferred career path. I then did two museum education internships with The Chinati Foundation and the Tyler Museum of Art, before pursuing a graduate degree in art education, with an emphasis on museum education, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
I have recently become the Assistant Director of School-based Learning at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Within this position I work with area PreK-12th grade teachers to develop curriculums that incorporate the Art Museum’s collection while also aligning with federal education standards. I develop the Art Museum’s annual Evening for Educators Program and Summer Teacher Institute - professional development opportunities for teachers to learn about our current exhibitions and brainstorm ways to incorporate art into their lesson plans. I am constantly advocating for the arts and working to get teachers excited about integrating the arts into their classroom, as unfortunately more frequently the arts are being eliminated from schools.