Evergreen Museum Studies Internship
The Masters of Museum Studies Program at the University of Toronto offers a summer intership option between the two years of study.
This intership allows participants an opportunity to apply their classroom learning to a practical museum work environment.
My internship was at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto. Evergreen is a national environmental charity founded in 1991. Their mission is to "bring communities and nature closer together for the benefit of both." (www.evergreen.ca)
In 2008 Evergreen began a massive redevelopement of the former Don Valley Brick Works, turning the former industrial brown field into an international showcase for green living and environmental design.
As part of this internship I was involved with three diverse projects.
1) Drafting Evergreen's Community Museum policies.
2) Reinterpreting their historic "John Price" Brick Press (see below).
3) Writing and performing a short poem in the character of renowned Canadian geologist A.P. Coleman that promoted an on-site play MEMORY IN THE MUD by Kathleen Payne, produced by Words in Motion (see left).
I continue to give heritage tours at Evergreen that I developed during this internship. Come for a visit.
Canadian geologist A.P. Coleman visits the crowded Farmer's Market at Evergreen Brick Works.
To see a video of this go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jfw75ayJQLg
The Don Valley Brick Works (above) made bricks that helped build Toronto.
I reinterpretd their "John Price" Brick Press (right) as part of my 2012 Internship.
Above photo courtesy of Evergreen.