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Colleen

Carter

Museum Collections and Science Education Professional

I am your museum Swiss Army Knife. I have fifteen years of experience in numerous fast-paced positions with high-performance outcomes. I excel in planning, executing, and navigating diverse relationships to produce products that create exciting and memorable visitor experiences. As a Type A extrovert, I thrive in team-oriented work environments where creativity and passion guide our work.

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Collections Work

My time working in a teaching collection led to a passion for bringing anthropology, zoology, paleontology, human biology, geology, and space science out of the storerooms and into public spaces.  Whether for special events, field trips, or enhancing temporary exhibitions; these 35,000+ collections create a deeper and more meaningful experience for all who interact with them.

There's more to it than finding an object on the shelf. When an educator or staff member comes to you with a topic, a good education collections manager knows how all the sciences can overlap to discuss one topic.  For example, talking about theropod dinosaurs can mean not only the use of vertebrate fossil collections but modern bird  (wings, feet, skeletal structures) collections as well.   And holding these collections as one is learning creates a much stronger connection than a simple lecture can. In my position, I used these collections to support 4,000+ programs annually.

I've represented and marketed events ranging from research and print, to live television broadcasts. Local, national, and international audiences help to promote your institution and its impact on your community.

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Exhibits

Exhibits come in all sizes.   From large blockbuster exhibits to individual pieces, each offers unique challenges and opportunities. When a special object or specimen (separate from a full exhibition) is temporarily installed a collections manager must assist in the care of that object. The photo to the right is the Mars Exploration Rover  (commonly referred to as Spirit or Opportunity) full-size model as it is being installed for a short stay. It is not ready just yet.  Its mast has not been moved into position yet and barriers are not in place.  

Events

Collections are a great way to connect with all types of visitors.  A cart is a well-used way to offer easy access for most visitors. Carts are usually centered around a specific theme or exhibit.

 

They can also be used to add visual appeal making education a less obvious goal. The photo to the left is from a large donor event whose theme was centered around the temporary exhibit, Sherlock Holmes.  This is a cabinet of curiosities.  We loaded items that make you look just a little bit closer and ask "What is that?".