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Kim Cobb

Professional Summary

I am a creative & energetic artist & educator with experience in public education, community engagement, & informal education & outreach. I have 20+ years of experience with facilitating children's learning focusing on using art to educate when teaching hard to reach target groups, practicing community outreach, & encouraging citizenship development. I have worked professionally with teens & adults for the past 10 years, focusing on writing skills, professionalism, confidence, & education.

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Education

Institute of Education, University of London | London, England | April 2014

Masters of Arts: Museums & Galleries in Education 

 

California State University Chico | Chico, CA | May 2009

Bachelor’s of Arts: History BA, Classical Civilizations Minor, Museum Studies Certificate 

Employment Experience

The Lovely Bug (Freelance Artist & Education Consultant) | Riverside, CA | March 2020-Present

Owner WEBSITE

  • Provide original commissioned art, virtual art classes (group & private), & art instructional videos with art & nature/STEM themes

  • Provide education consulting for informal education establishments, create made to order educational supplies (worksheets, camp curriculum, activity/coloring books), & tutoring services (specialty in writing, proofreading, & editing)

  • Volunteer in different community projects to elevate quality of life, including murals, city events, & donating time to non-profits

Current & past clients include: city departments, city/county/university museums, Riverside Phil Harmonic, National Parks Service, State Parks Service, national science monitoring projects, discovery centers, & private citizens

 

Parks, Recreation & Community Services | Riverside, CA | September 2017-January 2020

Recreation Services Coordinator (September 2017- September 2019) | Recreation Supervisor (September 2019-January 2020)

  • Coordinate all center staff, volunteers, events, budgets, & grants at community & nature centers; oversee the planning, evaluation, & design of educational programming, trainings, & methods of instruction for department with curriculum & art; train staff in interpretation & craft creation; oversee the creation of original educational content for all department camps, & city events to include STEAM

  • Organize, schedule, & coordinate all aspects of future Youth Innovation Center to ensure availability to all audiences (including low income & underserved communities) through program creation, contract classes, MOUs, purchases of all supplies & equipment, hiring, securing funds (naming rights, donor tiers, memberships, sponsorships, general misc. donations), & policies

Major artistic achievements: designed & painted a mural for all 4 sides of a 8ft x 20ft shipping container with ‘at risk’ teens, created 10 week STEAM based summer camp program for ages 5-12 participants, worked to bring science & art education to all community centers to ensure equitable access to science learning to all of Riverside 

 

Riverside Metropolitan Museum | Riverside, CA | October 2015-September 2017

Associate Curator of Education (Science)

  • Coordinated nature & science-based education programs & events for the museum & nature center (including tours & city-wide events); developed public interest in nature center programs; coordinated staff & volunteers; fulfilled grant requirements

  • Forged new partnerships with surrounding institutions; designed museum exhibitions; provided public outreach at City events, schools, & National Parks 

Major achievements: created an anthropology based monthly program (‘Culture Quest’); created three new programs at the Ameal Moore Nature Center for middle school students, adults, & all ages (‘Jr. Scientist Day’, ‘Science Chats’, C.S.I./‘Citizen Science Initiative Days’); wrote & designed content (labels & a children’s activity guide) for the RMM’s last exhibit in partnership with the Riverside Art Museum ‘Uncovering Ancient Mexico: The Mystery of Tlatilco’; member of the original ‘Riverside Insect Fair’ planning & coordination committee in partnership with the University of California Riverside 

 

Riverside Metropolitan Museum | Riverside, CA | May 2014-October 2015 

Lead Education Programs Assistant at the Ameal Moore Nature Center

  • Interacted with the public to teach science & nature through free art programs & activities. Created custom Managed the social media for the nature center (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogging, & website) & advertised events (flyer design)

Major achievements: co-creator of original monthly Saturday program ‘Second Saturdays’; on original team for design of all nature center exhibits & wrote all content labels in the building

 

Fontana Unified School District | Fontana, CA | February 2010 - September 2012

Certified Substitute Teacher | Jurupa Hills H.S. Resident Substitute 

  • Instructed students individually & in groups using various teaching methods such as lectures, discussions, & demonstrations in all subjects 

  • Prepared & implemented remedial programs (in addition to regular materials) for students requiring extra help

Major achievements: raised student achievement rates (example: took a class of 32 with 29 failing students & raised student grades to only 3 failing students over a period of 3 weeks through motivation & creative assignment creation with full support of school administration) using art as a way to engage in core subjects

Large Organization Commissions

2021

  • OT School House

  • Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

  • City of Riverside

  • San Bernardino County Museum

  • Jurupa Mountain Discovery Center

2020

  • Riverside Phil Harmonic

  • US National Native Bee Monitoring RCN

  • Riverside Art Museum

  • City of Riverside

  • Mission Inn Foundation

  • Joshua Tree National Park

Consultant & Speaking

2021

  • California State University Chico | Guest speaker for Anthropology Department

  • Music Changing Lives | Grant writer/editor

  • Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology | Exhibit label editor & consultant

2020

  • Springs Charter School | Interview mentor

2019 

  • Lake Perris Ya'I Heki' Regional Indian Museum | Museum professional consultant for best practices, label & exhibit design

Skills & Specialties

  • Curriculum design

  • 85 WPM typing

  • Communications & social media

  • Copywriting WEBSITE

  • Public speaking

  • Event planning

  • Fundraising & grant writing

  • Mac & PC literate

  • Organizational skills

  • Time management

  • Staff/volunteer training

  • Customer & visitor service/epxerience

Miscellaneous

  • Valid Riverside CA business license

  • Valid California Driver's License, clean DMV record & ownership of a private vehicle with ability to travel

  • Adult CPR/AED, Pediatric CPR & First Aid certified (2014-2016, 2016-2018, 2018-2020)

  • Attended the California Association of Museums conference ‘Branching Out: New Directions, New Heights’ (March 2016); the American Alliance of Museums Washington, DC meeting (May 2016); Environmental Education Collaborative’s Environmental Education Symposium, Riverside (February 2015)

  • Over 20 years of teaching & child care experience through supervised child care training & experience, teacher’s aid experience, several summers as a camp counselor, substitute teaching, & professional informal education (1995-2021)

References

Lauren Chroman | Private Citizen

Illustration commission | (626) 755-1372 | Lchroman@dslextreme.com

 

Teresa Woodard | Curator of Education, Riverside Metropolitan Museum

Former supervisor | (951) 826-5129 | TWoodard@riversideca.gov

            

Adrienne Scott | Curator of Education, Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Museum educational materials commission & former supervisor | (530) 898-5397 | AScott@csuchico.edu

Contact

I'm always looking for new & exciting opportunities. Let's connect!

530.321.8945

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