The Gund Gallery at Kenyon College regularly re-evaluates gallery programming in order to better serve our community. As pre-professional, student-interns, Gund Associates have a unique role to play in this effort. Organized into teams focusing on different aspects of museum work, Gund Associates are given real-world problems and projects to grapple with. The Education and Visitor Experience Team (Ed/VE) regularly connects the local community to contemporary art on view through tours and educational experiences. Additionally, they plan and execute programing, help promote events, and act as ambassadors for the gallery. In the spring of 2018, Ed/VE Associates formed focus groups to assess the effectiveness of a long-standing program called Night at the Museum. The once popular program was no longer attracting an audience and associates took the initiative to create something new. Directly responding to the Kenyon College community, Ed/VE Associates and gallery staff, created a new evening program series. Late Night at the Gund launched in the fall of 2018 with great success! Held from 8-10pm on 6, separate Thursday evenings during the 2018-19 academic year, the event series attracted over 820 visitors. Featuring a unique mix of activities, music, and food, each Late Night offers a different curated experience and draws inspiration from themes found in the exhibitions on view in the gallery. I propose to present the processes, challenges, and outcomes of Late Night at the Gund in a poster session at the 2020 AAMG Annual Conference.
Ella Musher-Eizenman, Associate Leader, Gund Gallery at Kenyon College