In this installment of news from University of San Francisco museum studies alumni, we travel to Kansas City, Missouri to catch up with Jenny Fry (MA, ’14). While she was enrolled at University of San Francisco, Jenny completed her summer 2014 internship at Kansas City’s venerable Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Working on that museum’s first formal evaluation program led to Jenny’s 300-page capstone project on comprehensive visitor evaluation for public programs, focused on the Nelson-Atkins’ family days. The museum was so impressed with Jenny’s ground-breaking work that they hired her to work as a contract evaluator, specifically managing a large-scale text panel evaluation project that will inform future museum-wide decisions about text on all museum walls.
Jenny also now works as a contract evaluator with ArtsKC, the regional arts council in Kansas City. She is helping them evaluate their diversity awareness programs for the arts nonprofit sector. As if these two significant projects weren’t enough, Jenny works on staff as an educator at the Johnson County Museum of History, managed by the Parks and Recreation Department of Johnson County, KS, just across the stateline. She is helping the museum design educational programs for its forthcoming Spring 2017 move into a renovated historic building. Not only will the building house the museum, but also a 1950s All Electric House (the only one of its kind in the world), state-of-the-art education studios, a black box theater, and a 3500 square foot urban, rural, and suburban community built for children.
Jenny shared the following thoughts with us:”This last year being out of graduate school and in the real world has taught me that nothing is handed to you, if everything was easy nothing would be worth it, and the museum field deserves passionate people like us to continue the legacy that has been laid before us to step up and become leaders. I owe a lot to University of San Francisco and the community it surrounded me with. I still talk to many of my peers from the program weekly! Even though I am kind of spread out in all sorts of directions, I am challenged everyday by each job and I have loved living in KC so far. Go Royals!”
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