Kris Wetterlund was the 2013 Gardner Museum Educator-in-Residence.
Wetterlund is a founder of Museum-Ed, a not-for-profit professional organization that provides tools and resources by and for the museum education community. She currently serves as editor of the Museum-Ed listserv and website. One of the first to understand the potential of digital media for museum education, Wetterlund was instrumental in the creation of ArtsConnectEd, a groundbreaking resource for teachers that draws on the collections of both the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center.
Wetterlund authored a variety of online art resources including the award-winning Get the Picture: Thinking about Photographs, and more recently, the Walters Art Museum's Integrating the Arts: Mummies, Manuscripts and Madonnas. She has also developed a national plan for delivering the Mellon Foundation's ARTstor project to K-12 teachers and students as a classroom resource. She was named NAEA's Western Region Museum Educator in 2012.
During her time at the Gardner, Wetterlund's work focused on an interpretive writing manual she plans to make available as a free online resource through Museum-Ed.
Kris hails from Minneapolis, where she and her husband, Scott Sayre, are the principals of Sandbox Studios, a company that works with museums to plan, create, manage and assess education programs and technology projects. Sandbox Studios staff have created everything from classroom materials to Web portals encompassing multi-museum collections; a recent project involved collaborating with the National Gallery in London and Oxford University Press to create learning resources for the Italian Renaissance.