NewMuseumKat, aka Katrina Urban, blends the best of new museum practice with technological savvy, linking the past, present, and future in her approach to museum curating, education, and programming. Not only an active professional in the field, Katrina has Board-level and committee experience in the direction and development of museum and heritage organizations, meaning she is always cognizant of the audience and stakeholders. This combination of passion and experience led to her receiving the Ontario Museum Association’s 2012 Promising Leadership Award of Excellence.
Currently, Katrina is the Learning Coordinator at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology (MOA) where she handles the development, delivery and marketing of the Museum’s education and public programming. Each year approximately 3500 students visit the museum for curriculum-related programs, and another 250 children attend the popular March Break and Summer Camps. To facilitate these programs, Katrina hires, trains, and manages a team of 20-25 full and part-time staff annually as well as supervises student placements and interns at the secondary, post-secondary and graduate levels.
Katrina Urban has seven years of experience in the Museums field and holds a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, UK (2007); where she received training in current museum practice regarding museum management, policy, research, collections and interpretation. Katrina also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies and Classical Archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University (2005).
As a result of Katrina’s background in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, she took on the task of researching a collection of Roman Britain and Mesopotamian artefacts found in the MOA collection. She then paired up with Paige Glenen to co-curate an onsite exhibition in July 2011 and an online exhibit in Feb. 2013 .
Always an active participant in the museum community, Katrina has written two feature articles for the Canadian Museum Association’s MUSE magazine:
How To Build Your Own Wiimote Interactive Whiteboard (July/August 2011)
Online Social Media: Who Are You Reaching? (July/August 2010).
She has also presented sessions at four provincial and national museums conferences. She has also been an invited speaker for the Ontario Museum Association’s Education Programs certification course and the Instructor for their – Learning Lab Webinar: Introduction to Effectively Using Social Media in Museums.
Beyond Ontario, Katrina was the instructor for the Museum Association of Saskatchewan’s Webinar: Building an Interactive Whiteboard on a Budget, and was invited to provide the plenary for the 2012 Association of Nova Scotia Museums Conference.
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