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The Mary M. James Student Inspiration Fund
The Mary M. James Student Inspiration Fund was established to support student-created projects related to the mission of the Harn Museum of Art. These projects may be pursued by an individual or group, and funds may be used to cover expenses such as travel, materials and research supplies, and access to archives, among other items. Awards generally range from $250 - $1,000. For all proposed projects, museum staff who will be involved must be contacted well in advance to ensure that they support the project and will be available as needed.
Eligibility: Currently enrolled students at the University of Florida are eligible to apply for the grant.
Deadline: The deadline to submit applications each year is on the last Friday of each March.
"Words on Canvas" Writing Competition
Words on Canvas is a yearly writing competition at the Harn Museum of Art for college students interested in inspiring museumgoers by writing poetry or prose connected with a work of art. All currently enrolled students from both the University of Florida and Santa Fe College are eligible for submission. To learn more, visit www.harn.ufl.edu/wordsoncanvas.
Join in the Fun at Museum Nights
Create memories and connect with art by participating in a photo booth, watching a drum performance, designing a sushi magnet or competing with your friends to find a work of art in our scavenger hunt. These types of activities--organized by students--take place the second Thursday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. Also, enjoy free food!
Be an Intern
The Harn Museum has a variety of internship opportunities in all departments—including Education, Information Technology, Public Relations and Marketing, Finance, Landscaping and Visitor Services.
Be a MUSE
Develop an art activity, select music to accompany an exhibition or dress like a work of art. These types of projects are created by MUSEs (Museum University Student Educators) to enhance visitor experiences at Museum Nights. The MUSE program is a one-semester volunteer opportunity and an excellent way to share your love of art with others.
Join SMAC (Student Museum Advisory Council)
The Student Museum Advisory Council (SMAC) is a volunteer organization whose aim is to promote the Harn’s many programs and resources in order to increase its visibility on the wider campus. SMAC includes students of varying backgrounds, majors, talents, and interests to help focus on outreach and event planning. The main focus of this group is to CONNECT the museum with the campus!
Be a Member
UF Students! Take advantage of one of 2,000 free student memberships available each Fall semester, made possible by UF Student Government. Claim your membership while they last at Gator1 Central. Members receive invitations to pARTies, a discount in the Harn Store and admission discounts at designated museums nationwide. Not a UF Student? Visit the membership section of our website to join for FREE.
Put Art in Your Classes
The Harn works with faculty and students at UF and SFC, presenting museum content to classes in virtually all disciplines from Art History to Zoology. Do you see a connection between your studies and Harn collections? Tell your instructor or contact us with your suggestions by emailing Eric Segal, Director of Education and Curator of Academic Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Documentary film on Alaska Natives and environmental impacts
"With support from the Mary M. James Inspiration Fund, my research took me to St. Lawrence Island and Anchorage, Alaska for the production of a documentary film examining to what degree members of the St. Lawrence Island Yupik community are impacted by toxic chemicals. This film served as the Practicum Project for my Masters of Sustainable Development Practice Program, and will be screened at the Harn Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition The World To Come."
–Jacqueline Allegra Curnick