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Sarah J Fornof

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Availability:

Position Type:

Saint Petersburg

Florida

United States of America

Years in the field:

1 – 5 Years

Areas of Expertise

Administrative Support, Curatorial/Collections, Docent Programs, Education, Other

Hard skills: Adobe Photoshop & InDesign, WordPress, Microsoft Office Suite, editing, writing, project management, program & activity development, research, and visual communication

 

Soft skills: Excellent problem-solver, critical & creative thinker, outstanding work ethic, detail-oriented & meticulous, self-motivated, productive independent worker, efficient with time & task management, strong written and verbal communication, deeply conscientious, proficient multitasker, organized, courteous, and reliable

Education: I have a BA in Art History from the University of Central Florida, and I am currently working on an MA in Archives and Records Administration remotely from San Jose State University.

Professional Experience: From 2015-2020, I worked as the Education Coordinator at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. My responsibilities and accomplishments include:

  • Spearheaded the revitalization of the museum’s family activity guide including educational content, activity development, general design components, and wording to engage children and families in the museum gallery with “seeing differently” as the overarching theme
  • Independently designed interactive activity space for traveling “Art Mobile,”which will be seen by over 45,000 K-5th graders from 2020-2024 (see design and finished product)
  • Collaborated with creative studio in the writing, editing, and image selection for award-winning educational video called “Surrealism: The Big Ideas” and promoted video to Florida art teachers
  • Orchestrated and expanded three annual Student Surrealist Art Exhibits, connecting the museum with student artists, schools, and communities throughout Florida to showcase for young artists
  • Enhanced Student Exhibits by adding artist statement component to encourage student artists to consider their creative process, artistic decisions, and personal interpretation of given theme
  • Created and updated event pages for museum website and independently managed a resource website used by over 100 museum docents
  • Edited and formatted labels and text panels for special exhibitions, which included collaboration with the curatorial department, consistency, and aspects of design
  • Wrote summarizing text for audio guide stops based on scripts for special exhibitions
  • Entered and updated content management system with image files, audio, and text for special exhibitions
  • Judged museum’s student exhibits, Hillsborough County’s Scholastic Art & Writing competition (2018-2019), Florida Art Education Association’s K-12 Student Art Assessment & Virtual Exhibition (2019)
  • Expanded museum’s reach in the community by planning and executing family activities for community outreach, reaching underserved communities as well as homeschooled students
  • Recruited 90 people for docent training classes and over 300 children for Jr. Docent Camps in addition to managing logistics and administrative components for both programs
  • Initiated partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to provide scholarships to underserved youth to participate in junior docent art camp
  • Represented museum and promoted the Student Exhibit as exhibitor at Florida Art Education Association conferences to expand the reach of the exhibit and foster relationships with Florida teachers (2016-2019)
  • Coordinated all aspects of the education department including museum programming, education events, student exhibits, and administrative tasks