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Patience Elizabeth Russell Peterson Seminar for Museum Educators at the Georgia College Museum

Jen Oleniczak, founder of The Engaging Educator, will serve as the presenter for the 2014 Patience Elizabeth Russell Peterson Seminar for Museum Educators at Georgia College. The seminar will be held on Friday, March 7th at the Georgia College Museum. It is open to Georgia College students and museum education professionals.

Georgia College Museum selected Ms. Oleniczak after surveying participants of the inaugural seminar held in March of 2013.  According to museum curator, Shannon Morris, “Participants stated that they were interested in how to apply movement concepts to the visual arts as well as accessibility issues.” “The breadth of Jen Oleniczak’s experiences will provide educators and students with a training that is interactive and adaptable to special needs audiences,” said Morris.

The Engaging Educator is a New York City based organization that specializes in theatre, improve, and movement workshops as well as professional development training for educators. Ms. Oleniczak has held workshops for institutions throughout NYC and the US. Among them are the Brooklyn Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, New York Botanical Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, New York University, MFA Houston and The Franklin Institute.  She has also worked with educators from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Apollo Theatre, National Archives, School of Art Institute Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, History Colorado and the Indiana Art Museum, among others.

Ms. Oleniczak has also participated in the Guggenheim for All, both assisting and leading the Autism initiative visits and participating as a Sackler Educator with the extended program, Learning Through Art Guggenheim for All. Currently, she serves as freelance educator with the Guggenheim Museum, the Noguchi Museum and The Frick Collection. She also works as a teaching artist with Sweet Readers, a program designed to reach people with Alzheimer’s through art making and looking.

This seminar and other Georgia College Museum programs are sponsored in part by the Patience Elizabeth Russell Peterson Fund of the Georgia College Foundation.

Registration for the seminar will begin January 15, 2014 and is $30.
Registration for Georgia College students is $5.

For more information, email Shannon Morris, curator at shannon.morris@gcsu.edu.

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