Kid Curators lit up the mic at Wednesday night’s Intellectual Insights Q&A

May 9, 2013

On Wednesday evening, we hosted the inaugural Intellectual Insights, an innovative lecture/question-and-answer session helmed by Hall of Ancient Egypt curators Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout and Tom Hardwick, with the Carlos Museum’s Dr. Peter Lacovara joining remotely via a video call.

We took questions from a members-only live audience and from our HMNS Twitter feed, so our online friends could join in the fun. It was all pretty nifty, but the highlight had to be our Kid Curators: Jacob Blackman and Abby Myers.


Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout, Abby Myers, Jacob Blackman, and Tom Hardwick.

We revived our Kid Curator program earlier this week by asking young Egyptology fans to submit a one-minute video explaining why they’d be best suited to help us open up our new Hall of Ancient Egypt alongside our bona fide big-guy curators.

We were so inspired by our young fans that even with our Museum President weighing in, we had a two-way tie between four fabulous finalists, which led to the selection of two Kid Curators. Both Abby and Jacob were on-hand at Intellectual Insights to grill our curators with their questions, and had the chance to show off a few objects to our live studio audience that’ll end up in the new Hall of Ancient Egypt. In the coming weeks, they’ll also get to bask in flashing lights at a press opp, get a personal guided tour of the new hall and earn their very own Museum memberships.

In appreciation of all our entrants (more than 40!), each hopeful Kid Curator received tickets to Intellectual Insights, with the finalists also receiving family tickets to view the Hall of Ancient Egypt when it opens later this month.

Check out our super-talented finalists, below:

Kid Curator: Abby

Kid Curator: Jacob

Runner-Up: Marcel

Runner-Up: Lorena

Authored By Caroline Gallay

Caroline was the Digital Media Editor at HMNS from 2012 to 2013. She was responsible for telling the Museum’s story online. You could find Caroline on the site profiling characters around the museum and making sure you knew what the what was going on around this crazy/awesome place.

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