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Family Programs at the High Museum of Art

What’s your job at the High? October 17, 2012

Filed under: What's your job at the High? — erinkdougherty @ 5:30 pm

Hello families,

We are busy planning the coolest and most interesting programs for all of you to enjoy in connection with our latest exhibition Fast Forward: Modern Moments. This is the second major installation of work from the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In order to make all of these programs happen, we all work together as a programming team. On that team, we have a new player!  Our new Family Programs Assistant named Brantly Hancock. You will see her around the classrooms, family learning gallery, etc. but in the meantime, here’s a little bit more about what she’ll be doing here:


Q: How long have you worked at the High?

A: Well, it’s been about three weeks now, believe it or not. Or is it a month? I don’t even know! Time has certainly flown by, that’s for sure.

Q: What is it that you do at the Museum?

A: I’m the Family Programs Assistant. I’m actually working in the education department for two different awesome supervisors, Erin Dougherty, Public Programs Extraordinaire, and Nicole Cromartie, the super chic Coordinator of Museum Interpretation here at the High. As such, my days are busy, busy, busy—but “Busy B” was one of many nicknames I had growing up, so I don’t mind at all. Variety is the spice of life, right? I get to do so many fun things:  work with Toddlers and Teaching Artists, brainstorm lessons and create project examples, research artwork, and provide upkeep for the Family Learning Gallery and permanent collection learning vignettes. The list really does go on, and I like it like that!

Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: Well, I think I answered a lot of that above, which shows that I obviously did not read the question below first. Anyway, I digress. I love the people, the artwork, but most of all it’s the satisfaction I get every day after work when I realize, “You’re doing this, Brantly. You’re doing something with your Art History degree. You are one incredibly lucky lady.” And I am.

Q: What is your favorite work of art in the permanent collection and why?

A: As yet, I think I’m still too unfamiliar with all of the pieces to make a definitive answer, but there are several that have caught my eye. Surprisingly, Adolph Gottlieb’s Duet is one of my favorites, along with these two awesomely grotesque sculptures, Witch from Macbeth and Mephistopholes by Jacques-Louis Gautier. There are so many other great pieces, from both the decorative and fine arts collections, that speak to me that I can’t help but sound wishy-washy!

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not working at the Museum?

A:  My fiancé and I are both avid cooks, and I love to bake, so I try to supplement my first two loves (Kent and food) by running and winding down doing yoga. I love to be outside, either by myself or with friends and family during these awesomely cool fall days. Whether I’m watching a football game or soccer match, going on a walk, or trying to learn something new like knitting or sewing, I am good to go!




Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for Brantly if you visit us for Toddler Thursday, Second Sunday Funday, or any of our other Family Programming. She may just appear in the Family Learning Gallery to pick up your toys and play with your blocks!