Are you a Williams College student looking for fun ways to engage with the museum? Email Rachel Heisler to learn more about our robust and wide-ranging internship program and to find out about other exciting opportunities for students to get involved.
WCMA’s Agents for Creative Action (ACA) is a year-long program for Williams students that explores museum practice as a creative process. ACA participants animate the museum’s collections, exhibitions, and spaces through the development of original projects and programs, and contribute to museum-wide initiatives. During weekly training sessions with staff, they develop storytelling skills and exercise creative thinking and making.
Some projects the group has worked on include:
- Hosting a scavenger hunt of public art on campus featuring pop-up student performances and prizes that drew hundreds of students to the museum.
- Publishing a student-designed coloring book filled with designs and activities around works of art in WCMA’s collection.
- Interviewing contemporary artists including Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Rina Banerjee, Paul Ramirez Jonas, and Michael Rakowitz.
- Presenting their thoughts about the Future of Museums as part of a public program organized by the Weisman Art Museum student collective.
- Creating spark talks and publishing a zine for the exhibition SHIFT: New Interpretations of American and European Art.
- Producing an afternoon of art making inspired by the exhibition Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano- L.A.
- Conducting interviews with museum staff, visiting artists, and scholars.
- Participating in a workshop with former MCA Denver Director, Adam Lerner and producing an experimental program.
- Creating a series of wellness-inspired programs during Winter Study.
- Hosting a Museum-inspired Trivia Night.
- Curating a selection of works of art from our WALLS (Williams Art Loan for Living Spaces) Collection to go on view in WCMA’s Summer Space.
- Curating a selection of works of art from the museum’s collection to go on view in the Director’s Office.
- Conducting audience research and sharing findings with staff.
- Participating in the museum’s strategic planning process.
- Attending the annual Harvard Art Museum Student Museum Conference.
- Visiting regional museums and arts organizations and meeting with student groups at other museums.