Early this summer the BMA welcomed Mariah Wick as its new education office manager. Mariah comes to us from the Fellowship House, a nonprofit substance abuse residential recovery program where she served as the grant manager and case manager for the past three years. With this experience she has gained extensive knowledge in grant and budget management, along with building strong relationships with clients and visitors. We are looking forward to having Mariah transfer her skills in these areas to the administrative needs of the Education department. We’re excited to have her on our team!
BMA: As the education office manager, what does your day at the Museum consist of?
Mariah Wick: My day can consist of many different things, and no two days are the same. The most constant task that I have is I manage all of our tour requests. I am constantly interacting with community groups and schools as well as our docent body to help organize the best visits our guests can have to the BMA. I also reconcile our education budget, manage our grant statistics, and help out with the rest of the Education department’s many projects. The daily tasks constantly change and evolve depen
ding on so many factors that I have to be ready to jump in on anything in order to help out my team and to provide the best customer service to our visitors.
BMA: After working for the Fellowship House for three years, what drew you to this position at the Museum?
MW: My time at Fellowship House helped me to become more adaptable and decisive in an ever-changing environment, but the opportunity for more management, grant, and budget experience was what drew me to this position at the Museum.
BMA: How have your past experiences prepared you for this position?
MW: My past experience has helped prepare me for the unexpected. When working with the public and a diverse guest population, you have to be ready for anything and that is one thing my previous job definitely prepared me for.
BMA: What has surprised you the most about working at the Museum?
MW: Since this is my first time working in a Museum, so many things have surprised me since I started here! One of the biggest realizations was all the different moving pieces it takes to prepare for and make an exhibition happen.
BMA: Are you excited for any upcoming exhibitions or events at the Museum?
MW: I am really looking forward to all of the upcoming exhibitions, but if I had to pick one it would be the Black Out exhibition because I am very intrigued by the use of silhouettes, lights, and shadows to create expansive and thought-provoking images and scenes. I am also very excited for the next Art On The Rocks event!