My Professional Journey

Submitted by matthew on Wed, 2012-11-28 00:08


Six months ago or so I joined Trellon after a long stint with Examiner.com. I enjoyed the transition being the primary Project Management resource, Tech Team Lead, and liason to the Executive Committee on a single large project to CTO at a small development shop. The developers at Trellon are top notch and I want to thank them for making me feel welcome, taking my advice, and I'd like to believe coming out of the experience able to work just a bit more efficiently. I was recruited into the fold by Morbus Iff - truly a disembodied brain. Thanks Morbus, I appreciate it.

The Project Management Team of Stuart Broz and Avram Sand have been a pleasure to spend time with. I think the three of us did a great job of increasing efficiencies through use of best project management practices during my tenure. The Tech Leads - Chang Xiao, Fabian Franz, and Michael Priest - have shown terrific thinking through technical challenges in projects with creativity. I'll think back and smile about Munich - getting to know Artem, Vadim, and Vlad. John and Gil - my hopes are that you continue to grow as developers in your tenure with Trellon.

Finally, I want to take the opportunity to say thank you to Mike Haggerty and Bob White for allowing me to join the Leadership Team. I do hope that my contributions have and will continue to help the organization grow and evolve.

Job Search in the 21st Century

Submitted by matthew on Sun, 2009-11-22 14:16

About a decade ago my job search had me using my personal network and paper job lists. I found a job in Denver with the Western States Arts Federation through the ArtJob newsletter that later transitioned into the ArtJob website. The days of circling things in the classified ads and mailing resumes are long gone.

I applied for a tech position there and then emailed my network to find out if anybody knew the Executive Director there. It just so happened that my friend Peggy Baggett - who I had done work with through the Virginia Travel and Tourism Institute - at the Virginia Arts Council had a personal connection. I think that that personal connection gave me the edge.

That was a world with no Facebook, Linkedin, or Twitter. Text messaging wasn't common and SMS had just started taking off.

Ch Ch Ch Changes

Submitted by matthew on Fri, 2007-07-06 02:26

There are big changes in my future. I've spent the last nine months or so championing the use of Web 2.0 technologies in promoting the nonprofit community in general with an emphasis on the arts. A big part of this has focused on the convergence of different technologies in mashups. These have included:

  1. Drupal
  2. Flickr
  3. Revver
  4. YouTube
  5. Twitter
  6. SecondLife

I see myself as a trainer, writer, technologist, zealot, and missionary. I take part in Nonprofits in Secondlife and have been posting to Techsoup's forums. I like to share knowledge.

I'm happy to say that the change in my life has me moving from my position at WESTAF in Denver to pingVision in Boulder. pingVision is a creative design studio that specialises in Drupal site design, DVD authoring, and graphic design.

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Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art

Submitted by matthew on Fri, 2007-03-09 04:12

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, Indiana, is seeking American Indian candidates for the position of Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art. Energetic and enthusiastic candidates are being sought to assist in the preparation and presentation of the contemporary exhibitions and programs. The institution is dedicated to inspiring an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The museum’s 17 year-old facility is a dramatic component of the Indianapolis cultural climate. Located at the gateway to White River State Park, the Eiteljorg is a leader in the midst of a developing district of museums, gardens, a zoo and other cultural attractions in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. The Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, under the supervision of the Curator of Contemporary art, will assist with research, writing and administrative duties related to contemporary exhibitions and programs. In addition, they will work with the collections data base, coordinate the symposium associated with the Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American fine art and manage accounting and record and image keeping for the department. The successful candidate for this position must demonstrate experience in administration and exhibitions, database management, and exhibit development. Qualified candidates must have an MA degree in a relevant field, with meticulous administrative skills, writing and editing experience and the ability to work individually and as a team. Strong writing and verbal skills are required. Familiarity with the field of Native American contemporary arts is essential. The position is open to Native American candidates only. Send resume with references to: Personnel CoordinatorThe Eiteljorg Museum500 W. Washington St.Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Folklife Job Opportunity

Submitted by matthew on Thu, 2007-03-08 00:58

Western Folklife Center
Beyond Borderlands Project
Fieldwork Job Description

The Western Folklife Center seeks a Spanish-speaking fieldworker for an NEA funded project focusing on cultural traditions related to Mexican and Mexican-American ranch and vaquero (cowboy and horseman) culture in the U.S. Fieldwork will identify artists and artforms with historic or contemporary connections to this ethnic occupational community. Artforms might include handcrafted horse gear (saddles, bits, spurs, reins, ropes, belts), traditional music and songs (especially corridos), cooking, visual art, poetry, dichos, and other occupational ranch skills and folklife.

Fieldwork will take place in Idaho, Oregon, and Nevada, with guidance from WFC staff and colleagues. Parallel fieldwork is taking place in Sonora and northern Sinaloa. Finding connections between communities in these Mexican states with communities in the western U.S. is of interest though should not be a limiting factor in the scope of work.

The results of fieldwork will benefit future work of the Western Folklife Center and regional colleagues and organizations, including but not limited to:

1) The production of two corrido contests and corrido workshops in Summer 2007 in Idaho and possibly Oregon or Nevada. These events will serve as a mechanism for identifying and honoring local corrido singers and to encourage the writing and performance of corridos. Fieldworker will assist in identifying corrido singers, judges, and corrido teachers appropriate for these contests.

2) The identification of a small group of artists (from Mexico and the western U.S.) to be invited to the 2008 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, to perform and participate in cross-cultural exchanges (January 26 – February 2, 2008).

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