About Bruce Craig
Bruce started his museum career while in high school as a volunteer at the National Museum of History and Technology (now National Museum of American History) and as a paid interpretor at the Robert E. Lee House in Arlington during the summer. He graduated from George Washington University with a degree in Anthropology and did field work in Italy for several years in those summers. He went on to earn a degree in Museum Studies at the George Washington University with whom he maintained a lifetime relationship as an occasional lecturer. While at GW, he was a collections intern in the Anthropology Department at the National Museum of Natural History and from that experience was hired first for the inventory project and then as the department loan coordinator. Bruce began working in the Office of Museum Programs as the Visiting Professionals Program coordinator, later serving as the Deputy and Acting Director when it became the Center for Museum Studies.
Over his thirty-four-year career, he made a major contribution to the Smithsonian Institution and the museum profession by editing the CMS Bulletin, leading training workshops and institutes for museum professionals, and serving on boards and chairing American Association of Museums Committees. In addition, Bruce was a member of the International Committee for the Training of Personnel of the International Council of Museums and served an eight-year term on its board.
Bruce was a pillar of the MAAM Board as well, serving countless years ending his tenure with the position of Secretary on MAAM’s Executive Committee in 2008.
Most recently he led the development of the Education Data Gathering and Evaluation (EDGE) system and the Goode Lecture series. Bruce inspired collaboration across the Institution — working with the Smithsonian Women’s Committee to endow the Education Innovation and Achievement Awards, with the Smithsonian Council of Education Directors to determine common outcomes for education, with the Heritage Months Steering Committee on its programming, with the Internship Council to double internship opportunities, with the Smithsonian National Board Education Committee to broaden access, with visiting museum fellows to conduct original research, and with educators across the Institution on projects supported by the School Programming Fund.
Each year, depending on the funds available, MAAM awards up to six fellowships to the Annual Meeting. The purpose of the Fellowship is to make attendance at the Annual Meeting affordable to promising graduate students and emerging professionals.