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18 MAKING MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS WITH ART In its sixth year the Museums Concentration continues to provide students a foundation in the history of museums and the critical issues they engage and supports the study of material culture within a broad range of scholarly dis- ciplines. This esteemed academic program founded and directed by SCMA Director Jessica Nicoll and assisted by Charlene Shang Miller associate educator for academic programs allows students to explore areas of professional practice through meaningful connections with museums locally regionally nationally and internationally. MUX 118 The History and Critical Issues of Museums gate- way course featured Joaneath Spicer 65 The James A. Murnaghan Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art at the Walters Art Museum who presented the lecture Digital Hu- manities and the Museum Lessons from the Walters Cham- ber of Wonders. In MUX 300 Museums Concentration Re- search Capstone Seminar seniors focused on the Clark Art Institute as a case study for considering physical transforma- tion aligned with mission culminating in a visit to the Clark for dialogue with director Michael Conforti. Students went on to complete their own research projects and presented at Smiths annual Celebrating Collaborations event. Nine students in the class of 2015 graduated with a con- centration in Museums. The Advisory Committee admitted 13 new students to the program this past year 2 in the class of 2016 11 in the class of 2017 for a total of 22 students. Museums Concentration students come from a variety of majors including Art Environmental Science Policy Anthropology Government American Studies Medieval Studies and Biochemistry. They continue to obtain practi- cal experiences in museum work as required by the pro- gram in places such as El Museo del Barrio Plimoth Plan- tation Real Jardn Botnico Juan Carlos I Pollock-Krasner House Study Center Philadelphia Museum of Art the Cloisters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art the Library of Congress Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the Via Consolare Project Pompeii. Jessica Bacal Director of the Wurtele Center for Work Life continues guiding students through the process of reection to analyze synthesize and express what was learned in academic and out-of-classroom experiences. Workshops provided social context for reection and writ- ing as preparation for real-world creative collaboration and leadership. In addition students were supported in de- veloping professional networks applying for museum op- portunities and considering graduate studies. A program organized by Emma Cantrell Brown Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for Museum Education and Janice Schell assistant director of the Lazarus Center for Career Development connected students with Smith alumnae at New York City art institutions. Active Engaged The Museums Concentration