Angels museum gets new director

Sean Janssen, The Union Democrat /

The Angels Camp Museum has a new director.

Kimberly Arth, 36, started work April 4, coming to the city-owned museum from the Deer Valley Rock Art Center, which is an off-campus part of Arizona State University.

The new position pays $64,621 annually.

"I really enjoyed the sense of community. After visiting the museum, I knew this was a place where I wanted to come and be a part of the team here," Arth said. "I think the Museum Commission, foundation, staff and volunteers have a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and dedication and they work hard for the museum."

"She brings to us a solid education and six years' proven experience as a director," said Museum Commission Vice Chairwoman Lee Croletto.

Arth has also served as the education manager at The Bead Museum in Glendale, Ariz., a curatorial assistant at the Arizona State University Museum of Anthropology, and an education intern at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art. Arth served in the Peace Corps in the West African nation of Niger and holds a master's degree in museum studies from Arizona State and bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Her experience includes community outreach, partnership building and development of innovative programs that focus on learning and impact, according to Angels Camp City Administrator Michael McHatten.

Arth is making her home in the city, and said she expects to further develop education programs at the museum and bring in student interns and rotating exhibits.

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