Level - Experienced
Job Location - Fishers - Fishers, IN
Position Type - Contractor
Education Level - Bachelor's Degree
Salary Range - Undisclosed
Travel Percentage - Undisclosed
Job Shift - Day
Job Category - Consultant
Conner Prairie is excited to share information regarding a grant funded contract curator position to lead the development of a new religious exhibition and storyline told through the lens of the African American 19th century experience. The curator will work with Conner Prairie to explore the many ways religion and faith intersects with the stories of African Americans in the 19th century. The curator will:
Conner Prairie seeks a proven, accomplished scholar with a track record of project management and knowledge of religion with a focus on African American history. Experience working with scholarly community and facilitating community dialogue and collaboration is required. Periodic travel will be required, including some weekends.
For More Information or to Apply:
Please contact Richard Cooper, Vice President & Chief Programs Officer at email@example.com
Projected Start Date:
The projected start date for the position is October 2019. The preliminary interpretive and experiential plan completion date is June 2020. The position has the possibility of extension with the acceptance of a full implementation grant.
Organizational Profile & Appropriateness
Conner Prairie’s mission is to “inspire curiosity and foster learning by providing engaging and individualized experiences for everyone.” Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1977, Conner Prairie was founded in 1934 by business leader and philanthropist Eli Lilly. Buying and restoring Indiana settler and statesman William Conner’s 1823 homestead, Lilly created Conner Prairie as a place that would “connect people with history in ways that books cannot.”
Conner Prairie has reached significant milestones in programming, audience building, community partnerships, and board leadership since opening its doors to the public in 1964 and especially since gaining its independence from Earlham College in 2005. All of these milestone achievements have earned the museum a national reputation as a high performing institution and cultural asset.
Today, Conner Prairie is staffed by more than 400 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees; and, the 2019 budget totals $12,854,000. Conner Prairie is located on 1,046 acres of woodland, prairie, and 3.3 miles of the White River, of which 90 acres have been developed for use by guests. On our grounds, guests experience nine outdoor historically themed and nature experience areas and four indoor experiential learning spaces. Enhanced by local, regional and national partnerships, at Conner Prairie, persons of all ages have access to:
Conner Prairie is one of the top 5 most visited outdoor museums in the United States, with more than 400,000 guests visiting us in 2018. Our guests range in age, ethnicity, and gender, and concerted effort is made to ensure the museum is accessible to persons of all abilities and socio-economic backgrounds. We attract visitors from all fifty states, with the majority coming from Central Indiana (Marion County, Hamilton County, Johnson County, and Hendricks County).
Conner Prairie will use Lilly Endowment’s Religion and Cultural Institutions Initiative planning grant to explore the creation of a religious storyline told through an exhibition that brings to life a composite of a 19th century African American settlement found in the Midwest. It is our intent that through this project we contribute to the arena of public discourse, provide a safe environment for dialogue, and grow the diversity of voices told at Conner Prairie. There exists a momentum and need to pursue this endeavor, for we understand that:
Implicit to Conner Prairie’s vision to “expand the boundaries of our historical and natural resources by exploring, celebrating, and improving the human experience” is the understanding that individuals visiting and working in our museum represent the diversity of our world. Our commitment to the celebration of diversity, including age, ethnicity, abilities, and religion is witnessed in our accomplishments, strategic planning, and initiatives. The below examples illustrate our readiness and commitment to present a religious storyline told through an exhibition that brings to life a composite of a 19th century African American settlement found in the Midwest.
Conner Prairie is a community partner, economic driver, and creative force, providing an array of diverse learning opportunities. We are a leader in transforming museums and how people view and use them. We recognize the need to evolve to fit the growing and changing needs of the community. In partnership with organizations like Sites of Conscience and through our own DEAI promise to be “a place where the doors are always open to a diversity of voices and limitless experiences,” Conner Prairie is intent on contributing to the more considerable discussion of DEAI. This intention, coupled with our comprehensive, long-range Site Master Plan, supports the rationale to incorporate religion into the storylines told at Conner Prairie. We believe this initiative is an appropriate first step in a larger aspirational goal to create a growing number of diverse experiences such that a diverse, and a global audience, appreciates a breadth of complex stories rooted in history.
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