Marilyn Joslin Sklar

Museum Educator 

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I am the educator for children's and family programming at Cave Creek Museum in Cave Creek, Arizona, fifteen miles north of Phoenix. Cave Creek Museum, located in the desert foothills, is a regional history museum with exhibits about archaeology, Native Americans, mining, ranching, and pioneer life. The museum also has the town's first church, a tubercular cabin which is on the National Historic Register, a bandstand, an arrastre, and an interpretive desert garden. 

Cave Creek Museum hired me in 2007 to design and develop its children's programming.  With the generous support of a grant from the Kiwanis of Carefree, we were able to continue growing and expanding educational programming for younger audiences. After two years, the programs became so popular with kids, parents AND grandparents that we had to take a new approach and begin programs for multi-generational groups. We added last year a children's author series, which we will expand next year. Author Conrad Storad is seen here on the left talking to an audience including a great-grandfather with his great-grandchildren. 

In the upcoming months, I am wrapping up a family guide for the museum. Also, I will be writing and producing an audioguide for families and perhaps assisting with an exhibit. Cave Creek Museum is closed from May to September, so the museum buzzes with activities and preparations for the seasonal opening in October. 

I am a contract educator for Cave Creek Museum, which has only several paid employees. I enjoy working with small museums; I find it rewarding helping small institutions build and grow their learning environments. And, I am very skilled with working with small budgets and creating a product under tight deadlines. Those skills were developed from my previous career as a network news producer. If you are a small museum that needs advice or a contract educator, let's chat! Or, if you have attended a program at Cave Creek Museum, and you want to share your thoughts, let me know. Contact me here.