Museum Job Spotlight 4 Easy Questions: Grace Astrove
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Grace Astrove, Development Officer for Exhibitions at The Jewish Museum
What specific skills enable you to succeed in your job?
Communication—written and verbal—skills have been vital for my career. The majority of my time is spent writing compelling grants that are tailored for a particular prospect. Coming from a curatorial background, grant writing was a very particular style that I had to learn and still work to perfect every day. Additionally, communicating effectively and working together with curators been essential for understanding their concepts and connecting these ideas with potential funders.
Why is the museum industry the right place for you?
I have been passionate about museums for as long as I can remember. It was around the age of 12 when I realized that it wasn’t enough for me to just visit museums, but that I wanted to contribute to the field. Studying art history and museum studies in undergrad and graduate school only confirmed this for me. These indispensable institutions celebrate art and creativity, hold the keys to our history and our future, and provide inspiration and meaning. So being a part of the museum industry, especially in New York City, makes me feel like I am a part of something larger than myself.
How do you know when it’s time to look for the next opportunity?
I think it’s time to look for the next career opportunity when your work is no longer challenging or inspiring.
During the job hunt, what should applicants be looking for?
It may sound trite, but believing in your museum’s mission and being passionate about the institution was very important for me when I was looking for a job. Working in the non-profit art field, the hours are long and the pay is not always great, but I knew that if I could find a place where my work would be impactful and appreciated that it would be worth it.