Pellissippi and KMA to join forces in offering new class

Ever wondered what it would be like to work in a museum? In Spring 2010, 15 students from Pellissippi State Community College will get the opportunity to learn firsthand how a museum functions and view from behind the scenes the role it plays in the life of a community.

In collaboration with the Knoxville Museum of Art, Pellissippi State is offering a new 3-credit art course, Museum Studies at KMA. Students will spend one day on campus and one day at the museum during most weeks of the course.

At Pellissippi State, they will discuss art history, the role of artists and the purpose of education in a museum. At KMA, students will tour the facility, meet with staff and explore career options in the museum field.

A special emphasis will be placed on the importance of interacting with museum visitors. Students, assisted by KMA staff, will lead tour groups and engage with the public by talking about exhibits. The tour sessions will prepare students to become leaders in their community and help them become confident with public speaking. Those who prefer to be excused from the public speaking portion may opt to prepare educational information for student groups.

Instructors are Alison Oakes, adjunct faculty member in art at Pellissippi State, and David Butler, KMA’s executive director. Class size is limited to 15. Classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-4:50 p.m., beginning Jan. 14.

Registration for spring 2010 semester runs through Jan. 11.

For additional information, visit or call 865-694-6400.

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