The Gardner Museum’s Educator-In-Residence Program offers innovative educators time to reflect on their practice.
We look for thoughtful individuals interested in exploring the theoretical underpinnings of museum education practice and the changing role of education in today’s art museums. Residents spend four weeks at the Gardner pursuing a topic of their choice, and sharing ideas with Gardner staff and other area museum educators. Like the Gardner’s residency programs in Contemporary Art and Landscape, the Educator-In-Residence Program helps spark dialogue about art and ideas in the Greater Boston area.
Jennifer Wild Czajkowski, Vice President for Learning & Interpretation at the Detroit Institute of Arts, has been selected as the 2015 Gardner Museum Educator-in-Residence. Czajkowski will be in residence at the Museum during the month of July 2015.
She is a member of the DIA’s strategic leadership team with responsibility for the areas of interpretation, school programs, adult and family learning, studio, and docent development. Since the DIA’s successful 2012 campaign for public tax support, Czajkowski has re-oriented the Learning & Interpretation division to maintain the DIA’s school and community partnerships while expanding learner-centered practices throughout the museum.
From 2002-2007, Czajkowski was the lead interpretive educator on the DIA's innovative and comprehensive reinstallation project. She was instrumental in implementing exhibition development processes involving cross-disciplinary teams, visitor outcomes, and evaluation. She continues to work with her senior leadership colleagues to apply visitor-centered ways of thinking museum-wide.
Czajkowski is a strong national advocate for the visitor-centered museum, and currently serves as the museum division representative for the Professional Learning through Research working group of the National Art Education Association (NAEA). In her 20 years at the DIA, Czajkowski has been a major contributor to the ongoing dialogue about innovative interpretive practices in community engagement, art making programs, and K-12 programming.