Joan Baldwin

Joan Baldwin

Curator of Special Collections

The Hotchkiss School


My road in life took a while to figure out.
First I took a history course my last semester of college.
Then I went to graduate school to concentrate in museum studies.
Then I got a director's job at a museum.
Then I worked at a state arts council.
Then I worked as a newspaper reporter.
Then I started working at a boarding school.
And then I co-wrote a book on museum leadership.
Keep following my journey


High School
Kenyon College
Case Western Reserve University


Curator of Special Collections

I care for and interpret a small art collection in a boarding school for students in grades 9-12.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

On a really great day I might take a rare book, painting or photograph to a class, weave it into the curriculum, and see what students make of it. I might give students a tour of an exhibition or work with them to integrate their own work into an exhibit that's ongoing.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I need to be a good communicator in both speaking and writing. I need to demonstrate a passion and commitment to what I do.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Immerse yourself in history, science or art.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:



The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"When will you stop working in a museum and get a real job?"