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The Museum Students Organization (MSO) is a graduate student organization that serves as an interface between students and the Museum Studies Program administration, establishes and maintains a network between alumni and museum professionals, and encourages students to become active members of the museum community. MSO organizes presentations and workshops led by professionals in the museum world. Past programs held include workshops on accessibility-focused programming, archival box making and bookbinding, along with presentations by Judith Koke, the former director of education and interpretive programs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum. Future programs will include workshops on exhibit design technologies and grant writing, and we are working on establishing a seminar series of key museum professionals in the area. In addition to our professional programs, MSO also organizes field trips, where students can receive behind-the-scenes tours to understand how different museums operate. Past field trips include the Field Museum in Chicago, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Kansas Underground Salt Museum in Hutchinson, Kansas, Union Station exhibits in Kansas City, MO, City Museum in St. Louis, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

For more information:

MSO Facebook Page

MSO Facebook Alumni Group


Current MSO Officers

Jessica YoungJessica Young, President of Social Activities

 

 

 


Kristyn CrossleyKristyn Crossley, President of Volunteer and Professional Development Activities

 

 

 


Kelly BurnsKelly Burns, President of Campus and Community Engagement

 

 

 


Photo not available for Vaisali Krisha KumarVaisali Krisha Kumar, President of Social Media

 

 

 


Alyson WilkinsAlyson Wilkins, Treasurer and Historian

 

 

 


 

 

Read the latest MUSE News!

Find out what KU's Museum Studies Program and our alumni are up to:

September 2017 Newsletter
January 2017 Newsletter
 

 

Museum Events

FILM - Out of State Saturday, December 09 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
In 2007, the state of Hawaii outsourced the care of roughly 2,000 male prisoners to a private, for-profit prison in Arizona. Exiled thousands of miles from their island home, a group of indigenous Hawaiian inmates have discovered their calling on the inside: teaching each other their native language and dances. As several of the men complete their sentences, the film follows them as they reintegrate in Hawaii. Out of State explores questions of cultural and religious identity; the overabundance of native Hawaiians and minorities in the prison system; the cycle of criminal behavior and its impact on the family; and prisoner entitlement. Join us for a moderated discussion led by Native-Hawaiian filmmaker and Out of State’s director, Ciara Lacy, and member of the Osage Nation, Jimmy Lee Beason II, M.S.W.

Meet the Experts: Christmas Crèches​
Sunday, December 10 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures, 5235 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
Get to know the experts at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures through this monthly exploration of special topics. On December 10, enjoy special displays of Christmas crèches from the Bud and Jan Koupal Collection. Hear a talk about the history and tradition of holiday crèches, and stay afterward for cider and cookies. The program includes a lecture and museum visit. Included with museum admission.

TALK - Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU
Thursday, December 14 | 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317 Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 1301 Mississippi St.
A hundred years ago, Kansas City philanthropist Sallie Casey Thayer donated her extensive collection to the KU, forming the basis for what is today the Spencer Museum of Art’s collection. Celka Straughn, Director of Academic Programs, discusses this eclectic collection, from Japanese prints and American paintings to sumptuous textiles, ancient artifacts, and even valentines. This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

TALK - Slow Art Sunday: Presepio 
Sunday, December 17 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317 Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 1301 Mississippi St.
Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sunday features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff. In December, get to know our 18th-century Italian Presepio.

TALK - Home for the Holidays 
Sunday, December 24 | 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.
Every year, Spencer Museum Director Saralyn Reece Hardy spends an afternoon in the galleries welcoming visitors and leading informal tours to celebrate the holiday season. This year's tour centers on the origins of the Museum and collecting and sharing art as a form of civic engagement. Tours begin at 12pm and 1pm. Join us and make this Spencer Museum tradition your own. These tours are presented in conjunction with the centennial celebration of the Museum’s collection.

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