Danielle Thibodeau

Danielle graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 2010 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Art History. She has interned at the Central Street Gallery and Peabody Essex Museum. Danielle is currently a graduate student at Bank Street College of Education where she can combine her passions of fine art, art education, and museum studies.

Artist-Animal Collaborations

Hello, followers!

I haven’t updated in a while—I’ve been so busy with commuting, school, work, and homework that I am just too tired to do anything else. Things are going well, however, and I am loving everything. I promise a more up-to-date post soon, but for now I wanted to share some exciting news.

The Peabody Essex Museum has recently reopened their newly designed Art & Nature Center with a new exhibit called Beyond Human: ArtistAnimal Collaborations. I actually helped compile a list of potential artists, animals, works, and child resources for this exhibition during my internship last year and I’m so excited to see it finally open! I haven’t had a chance to see it yet since I’m out of state, but I can’t wait to go visit next time I’m in New England and see if they used anything I suggested. :) Go visit and let me know how it is! 


New Work Schedule

Well, I survived the Lunar New Year Festival at the Peabody Essex Museum last weekend. It was actually quite fun! (We even broke over 2,000 visitors in attendance!) I got to talk with two other interns, and come to find out, one of them actually interned down in Disney World and knows my old Disney Store manager, Jarrod! It’s definitely “a small world after all”.  :)

This past week I started re-teaching my YMCA art class again. Luckily, I am teaching Mondays - Thursdays and enrollment is very high. But as cute as the kindergarteners are, I think I prefer teaching grades 3-5, because they actually finish the assignments and follow directions easier. My Thursday class is also very advanced in their skills, so I’m going to have to tweak some projects for them. The downside: I’m feeling a tidbit stuffy today, so I’m gonna blame it on the germy kids.  :(

Anyways, with the addition of the Y classes, I had my first week of figuring out how to shuffle them into my schedule. I now go from my PEM internship directly to the elementary schools, so I’m beat afterwards. However, it feels really good to be getting back into the work force and gaining all of this art experience.   

Orientation and First Day

So, today I had my internship orientation at the PEM. I drove over, found parking in the garage, walked through the mall and into the main building. I met up with the 14 other interns in the museum atrium, where we were briefed on what the internship entailed. We signed some paperwork and then went on a scavenger hunt. (This was extremely awkward, since no one knew each other AND the museum is huge, so we got lost.) We went over our answers from the scavenger hunt - I got one correct, so I won this snazzy pin as a prize:


We then had our pictures taken by security for our swipey-badges, got to view a couple of new exhibitions before the general public, and went on a super-secret tour of the basement of the museum. (All SO cool.) We then received our badges, signed more papers, and then I was whisked away to the Art & Nature Center where I had an hour of training.

Al-in-all, it was a very good day. I feel like this internship will be very beneficial to me. I can’t wait to go in again tomorrow. 


Ok, I promise I won’t give an everyday play-by-play on this PEM internship, however, today seems important enough to share.

It was my first real day in the Art & Nature Center. I arrived a little early, scoped out the office, and then learned how to fill and work the interactive art installations. The show that’s on display is, Ripple Effect, The Art of H2O - so there are a couple of things that need to be refilled and drained every couple of hours. It’s pretty neat to be involved in the museum and feel like I actually get to play a role in the art’s functionality. After everything was prepped and ready for opening, I was given an hour to get acquainted with the rest of the art in the exhibition. There are some really gorgeous pieces, such as this:

Water Sculpture #9
2010; Shinichi Maruyama; archival pigment print

So there you have it. Seems like I’m going to adjust to this internship pretty well. I’ve already been scheduled to come in once a week (Thursdays) plus do the occasional weekend gig. Should be quite interesting!

Internship - Tomorrow!

I start my internship with the PEM tomorrow! Not gonna lie - I’m kinda nervous, but also really excited. I have orientation from 9:30am - 12:00pm and then training after that for a couple of hours.

I bought new black pants so I’ll look ‘museum spiffy’. :) I also get a badge, I’m really stoked for the badge.

This is going to be my 3rd internship (my other 2 were just meh), so I’m hoping I actually love this and that this will help me with grad school / future big-girl art jobs.

Wish me lots and lots and lots and lots of luck, please!