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Internship Offers Madison Hayes the Opportunity to Virtually Engage with MoFA’s Audience

Published December 10, 2020

from FSU Art BA ’21 Madison Hayes:

I was uncertain what to expect when I was offered the opportunity to be a remote intern for the Museum of Fine Arts at FSU. I understood that with COVID-19, cultural institutions were rapidly attempting to adapt to the social changes that the world was undergoing in order to cease the spread of the virus while also creating a platform to engage with their audience. Through this experience, I was able to participate in MoFA’s effort to engage their audience virtually. At the beginning of my internship, my responsibilities included creating content to contribute to MoFA’s Student Voices blog and Instagram segments like #MoFAMonday. I even had the opportunity to design an Instagram segment for MoFA called #MeetingMoFA, providing users with introductions to MoFA’s staff and their favorite installation at MoFA.

Despite most of my internship being remote, I have had the opportunity to pursue hands-on experience at MoFA. The main things I wanted to take away from this internship was hands-on experience with installation and exhibition planning. Through much communication with my internship supervisor, Annie Booth, I have had the opportunity to go into MoFA and help with their new exhibition “Do it”, specifically with their Sol Lewitt installation, the timeline for the exhibition, and several other instruction based pieces. In preparation for the BFA exhibition’s installation, I was able to shadow art preparator, Kelly Hendrickson, while she de-installed the “New Landscapes” exhibition; I was able to aid in the process by de-framing pieces and preparing them for storage. This was the most memorable experience for me, it provided me with an insider look at the processes that occur when changing installations.

I highly recommend students to pursue an internship at the Museum of Fine Arts. Despite the restrictions that COVID-19 has placed on the typical internship experience, I was still able to obtain pivotal skills when it comes to social media management and connecting with a virtual audience. As an intern, we also participated in collaborative presentations put on by the museum’s staff.