Each year since 2012, the Gardner's Education Department has invited an outstanding museum educator to spend a month in residence at the Museum. We look for thoughtful individuals interested in exploring the theoretical underpinnings of museum education practice and the changing role of education departments in today’s art museums.
Residents spend four weeks at the Gardner pursuing the topic of their choice while sharing ideas with Gardner staff and area museum educators. Past residents have drafted book chapters, conducted workshops on label writing, investigated how families experience the Gardner galleries, and considered the ideal configuration of an education department. These contributions are invaluable to the field of museum education. The Educator-In-Residence Program helps spark dialogue about art and ideas, contributing to the ongoing discussion about the future of museums.