Have you ever visited the museum and witnessed hordes of happy school children milling about the building? Well, those kids are so happy because we have a ballin’ School Programs team that keeps them engaged, stimulated, and fed! There are a whole lot of components that go into making a school visit run smoothly and a very important piece of that puzzle is the lovely Ellen O’Brien, School Programs Assistant Extraordinaire.
Q: How long have you worked at the High?
This month I celebrated my first full year working at The High!
Q: What is it that you do at the Museum?
I am the School Programs Assistant so I assist with the planning and implementation of programs and services for teachers and K-12th grade students.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
One of my favorite things about my job is watching students who visit the museum make connections to classroom lessons in new and exciting ways! I often see students surprise both themselves and their teachers with their creativity and insight. For me personally, art makes learning come alive so to see that happen for others is so fulfilling. I also especially love working with all of the Education Department who constantly inspire me with their resourcefulness and can-do attitudes!
Q: What is your favorite work of art in the permanent collection and why?
It’s so hard to play favorites with all the wonderful art in our permanent collection! I do always find myself drawn to Anselm Kiefer’s painting Dragon (Drache). Before I worked at The High, anytime I would make a trip to Atlanta to see a new exhibition I would often try and make my way up to the skyway galleries to visit this monumental piece. I love to stand in front of this large painting and feel oh-so-small as I take in the rich textures Kiefer created with the choppy ocean waves and the dramatic night sky. This painting also includes a constellation depicting a mythological character that Keifer found being used throughout various cultures as a representation of evil within human nature, so fascinating!
Q: What do you like to do when you’re not working at the Museum?
Lately, I have loved being outside soaking up this warm spring weather at the park or on a friend’s porch. I also like creating art or crafts of my own, enjoying good food with friends, and finding great live music to enjoy!