Rachel Katz ’96 ’97 (general fine arts, MA in Art Education) became interested in museum education while working weekends in family programs at the Walters Art Museum while she was studying at MICA. Upon earning her MA in Art Education, she went on to teach art classes to middle school students for two years in public school and also worked as a gallery educator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Later, her path brought her back to MICA, where she worked as an admissions counselor and scholarship coordinator. But 10 years ago she chose to make the leap to New York to pursue museum education work full time.
“Fortunately I was able to find a great position in the realm of family programs at The Jewish Museum,” said Katz, explaining that the museum displays art through the lens of Jewish culture and identity. “My work involves managing and developing programming for families inspired from our exhibitions, including interactive gallery tours, art workshops, a family concert series, and large scale family day events.”
Katz said she continually taps into her background at MICA while at her current job. “An understanding of the artist’s process along with my firsthand experience teaching a range of age levels during the master’s program regularly inform my idea development for our museum programs,” she explained. “I get excited seeing a child’s exploratory process unfold around a work of art and the beauty of those fleeting and powerful interactions within a museum setting.