Bring an AmeriCorps VISTA Member to Your Museum
Management & Administration
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
228 America's Center
Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) is a federal anti-poverty program from AmeriCorps. Hosting a VISTA member can be an enriching and cost-effective way to grow your community network. Contributing writers for Science Centers, Museums, and AmeriCorps VISTA: A Guidebook" share lessons learned as a VISTA project director and a VISTA member. Explore what VISTA is and how projects are funded. Come prepared to delve into your institution's needs, and together we'll start framing a proposal to bring a VISTA member to your museum."
- Understand what the Corporation for National Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA are and what they offer to the museum field.
- Evaluate whether an AmeriCorps VISTA project would be a benefit to your community and a good fit for your institution's current needs and culture.
- Get started on a proposal for an AmeriCorps VISTA project, and think about how to get your site ready to welcome a VISTA member.
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Dorothy Bayern served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at the Exploratorium as part of the Association of Science and Technology Centers' Community STEM Initiative. She has been a costume designer and a mountmaker, and Exhibitions Coordinator and Curator at the University of Oregon's Museum of Natural and Cultural History. She holds a BA in anthropology and a master's degree in folklore from the University of Oregon.
VISTA Project Director
Association of Science-Technology Centers
Peter DeCarolis directed the Association of Science and Technology Centers' VISTA Community STEM Initiative. The program placed AmeriCorps VISTA members at science centers and museums as community STEM coordinators. He has been an educator for the Franklin Institute, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, and Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program. He holds a master's degree in museum education from Bank Street College of Education.