Learning opportunities at Shelburne Museum are all about making connections. Throughout the year, our gallery talks, drop-in art activities, family days, lectures, and more will get you engaged with the Museum’s collections, special exhibitions, historic buildings, and gardens in active and exciting ways. Our programs are designed to give visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience the delight, whimsy, and pleasure of art, history, and design.
Karen Petersen, director of education and public programs, began her work at the Museum in 1999; leaving for two years to launch a new museum at Norwich University and returning in late 2007 in her current position. She works with a wonderful team of year-round and seasonal educational professionals who create programming for the Museum’s diverse audiences.
Samantha Bellinger is our new public programs manager, with responsibilities for the guide program, public programming and family days. Samantha comes to us from SUNY Plattsburgh where she worked as the Art Museum’s educator. She brings experience in programming and docent management, not to mention that she’s no stranger to Shelburne, having worked as a fellow in the education and collections departments.
Amanda Skehan joins us as family and academic programs manager. In this role, she will be working with Mollie Trow and Holly Miller on academic programs, school partnerships, Webby’s and Owl Cottage, Dive In, summer camps, and more. Amanda has been working in audience engagement and interpretive programs at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT where she has developed and led programs for a wide range of audiences from toddlers through senior citizens.
Mollie Trow, Family and Academic Programs Associate, is no stranger to the Education Department. Mollie began as an intern in the department, became a volunteered, served as a summer intern and temporary employee and transitioned to a full-time position in 2016. In her work, Mollie focuses on school aged audiences and campers.
Chloe Vogt, a recent graduate of Goucher College, Chloe brings training and experience in arts administration. In her role as public programs assistant, Chloe will be working on planning and implementing public programs and family days.
Holly Miller, a recent University of Vermont graduate with licensure in art education joins the department as the Family and Academic Programs Assistant, working with Family and Academic Program Associate Mollie Trow on academic programs as well as coordinating Owl Cottage, Webby’s Art Studio, Dive In, and Art on the Go carts.