MCN2017 Scholarship Committee
- Laura Hoffman, Manager of K–12 Digital and Educator Initiatives, The Phillips Collection
- Andrea Ledesma, Research Associate, Digital Public Library of America
- Elizabeth Bollwerk, Board Member, MCN and Archaeological Analyst, Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Meet the 2017 Scholarship recipients!
Chris Cloud is an artist, curator, culture maker, and a fixture in Minneapolis’s creative milieu. He is the voice of the Walker Art Center on their social media channels. When he isn't cultivating the Walker's communities, he is a working on multiple creative projects. He was the co-founder of MPLS.TV, an online Do-It-Together video network and Pizza Camp, an overnight camp for pizza-loving adults. He also teaches Entrepreneurship at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Ben is the Programs & Communications Coordinator for the BC Museums Association, supporting and advocating for the museum, gallery and related heritage communities across BC. Working for a small non-profit, Ben's day includes creating educational programs, coordinating conferences, running social media, creating e-newsletters, managing memberships, and much more. An EMP advocate, Ben has worked in varied museum roles and in heritage tourism. When not working, Ben kayaks, plays bass, travels, and enjoys baseball and curling.
As a freelance writer and producer, Rebecca has had the opportunity to take on a range of roles from producing films and interactives about early American history to interviewing scholars and writing content for art exhibitions. She has been fortunate to work with both cultural institutions and production companies which has allowed her to expand her knowledge of the multi-faceted process of producing content for the public. Rebecca is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. More about her work can be found at www.rebeccafriday.com.
Dr. Grincheva works for the Transformative Technologies Research Unit at the University of Melbourne on innovative research projects which explore how digital technologies transform and challenge contemporary museums. Holder of several prestigious academic awards, including Fulbright (2007-2009), Quebec Fund (2011–2013), Australian Endeavour (2012–2013) and others grants, Natalia has traveled around the world to conduct research on digital museum diplomacy. Focusing on new museology and social media technologies, she has successfully implemented a number of research projects on the “diplomatic” uses of new media by the largest museums in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
Though Emily's degrees are in History, her work at Utah Arts and Museums has been to develop digital collections and data storage strategies for Utah’s state-owned art collections. As the Museums Services Specialist, she provides consultation to a network of museums across Utah, and has begun to expand digitization and collections care outreach to small museums throughout the state.
Blanche Joslin is a Master of Arts student in the Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management program at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. Her research focus is on preserving born digital Broadcast formats. Before studying moving image preservation, she was a Broadcast Technician with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines working onboard their cruise ships to maintain, operate, and produce content for their video systems.
Castle Kim is a Ph.D. student at Florida State University's School of Information and a STEAMer. With a background in conservation biology; acting and directing; education; videography; and media production, Castle digs deeper into the question of how kids have fun in STEAM learning. Castle’s research is to develop models that best demonstrate K12 student engagement in STEAM learning through digital storytelling.
Monique Lassere is the Digital Preservation Librarian at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She holds a master's degree in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where she also received a B.A. in English Literature. Monique is a member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and the Society of American Archivists, where she recently finished an internship with the Digital Archives Specialist Subcommittee.
Annick Lung is a PhD researcher at the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong. Equipped with a background in Communications and Fine Arts, her creativity has led her to pursue various passions, these include designing graphics, animations, user interfaces, mobile games, and mobile applications. Her current research focus in on developing an evaluation framework for multimedia in museums for educational purposes.
Sami Norling recently transitioned into the role of Digital Collections Manager within the IMA Lab at the Indianapolis Museum of Art after more than three years as the museum’s lone archivist. In this new role, she is pursuing professional interests in metadata design, linked data modeling, and digital asset management encompassing art, archives, library, and horticultural collections while maintaining her ties to archives through management of the museum’s born-digital records and archives repositories.
Kathryn Chong Quigley is a video producer at the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley’s public science center. She attended film school at SUNY Purchase, holds a BA in Geophysics from UC Berkeley, and later completed her master’s work at UC Berkeley exploring science education through new media. Her focus is on creating educational media that pushes traditional boundaries of the medium. She currently leads the Learning Media Group at the Lawrence Hall of Science.
Ani is the Public Programs Coordinator at the Chicago History Museum. As a part of the Education Department, she develops and implements experiences for adult, youth, and family audiences. With interests in nonprofit leadership and organizational culture, Ani serves on the Executive Board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago. She holds an MA in Art & Museum Studies from Georgetown University and a BA in Cognitive Science and Art History from Northwestern University.
Courtney recently completed her tenure as the Educational Technology Coordinator at the Blaffer Art Museum. In this role, she helped produce video content used to support the museum’s exhibitions and developed materials to train docents on using technology during tours. She also worked as a usability consultant servicing the technology sector. She has a MA in Behavioral Science and MEd in Learning, Design and Technology.
Karen Vidángos is the founder of A Latina in Museums, an online community that seeks to explore underrepresented perspectives in the museum field and highlight the Latinas who visit these cultural institutions. She has a graduate degree in museum studies from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Maryland.
Matabaro Ziganira is the Collections Officer and Project Coordinator for Biodiversity Information in the Natural Science Department of the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg. He is responsible for the coordination of the NRF digitization project, biodiversity information and database management. Before joining the museum in 2014, he worked as Applied Entomology Lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Agronomist; and Project Manager of DNA barcoding: joint project between University of Guelph and UKZN, as well as Urban Entomologist Consultant. He began his database career just after graduating when he worked for the University of Cape Town as Algae Database Technician, project founded by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). Matabaro is a graduate from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where he earned a BS and BS (Honors) in Botany and Entomology as well as MS in Agriculture.