Staff Spotlight: Arielle, Development & Communications Coordinator

It’s time again to meet another Zimmer staff member. Say hello to ARIELLE, our Development & Communications Coordinator!

Name: Arielle Sherman
Position: Development & Communications Coordinator
A little bit about her: Arielle was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, but it’s been quite a while since she’s lived here. After attending the University of California at Davis, where she earned her BA in Art History, Arielle moved up to Eugene, Oregon to begin a Master’s program in Arts Management with emphases in both Community Arts and Media Management. Most recently, Arielle worked as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Cinema Pacific film festival in Eugene.

Now, this Valley Girl is back. Her position at the Zimmer combines her passions for the community engagement through the arts, youth learning, and- let’s be honest- social media. When she’s not working, Arielle can be found traveling the world (and capturing every moment of it on camera), watching the Food Network, geeking out over marketing blogs, playing on one of her many iSomethings, wandering into a(nother) museum, or waiting in line at a coffee shop.
Childhood hero: Bobby Flay

Take me through a day in the life of Arielle at the Zimmer.
I wear quite a few hats at the Zimmer, and that’s what makes my job so exciting. Every day is different! On the development side, I process all of the money that comes through our door, from general donations, to memberships, to tickets for special events, to grants. That means I get the pleasure of sending thank you notes to every person who helps support us in one way or another. I also help with the planning and implementation of all of our special events like our Discovery Award Dinner and Zimmerpalooza.

On the communications side, I manage all of our marketing and PR. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook? That’s me giving you those updates. Read this blog? Check out our website? Get the Zimmerandum in your inbox once a month? That’s all me too.

But of course, that’s not all. At any given moment, I could be in a meeting about new marketing partnerships with local businesses or big corporations, working with artists for our show&tell exhibit, representing the Zimmer at community festivals with Jessica, or organizing a filming for a promotional video.

What’s your favorite exhibit at the Zimmer?
My favorite exhibit would have to be Main Street. When I was little, I LOVED to play house (because when you’re a kid, you want nothing more than to be a grown up, right?!). On Main Street, kids can become chefs at the Blue Bagel Café, librarians in Bubbie’s Bookstore, grocers in the Corner Market, and so much more! It’s also one of the best exhibits for kids to interact with their parents/caregivers, because they can role play too!

What is the most memorable thing you have been involved in here?
I’ve worked at the Zimmer for less than 6 months, and I already have so many incredible memories. I think one of the most memorable things so far for me has been an event we hosted with Moms & The City and Energizer called Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries- simply because of how quickly the event happened. I got a phone call one afternoon from a local mommy blogger who wanted to have an event she was co-hosting take place at the Zimmer… in a week… less than a week before our gala. Recipe for disaster, right? But the entire museum staff jumped right in to help with everything from catering to marketing, and the event was a huge success. It just goes to show that with the right energy and dedication (and people who respond to emails 24/7), we can pull off anything that comes our way. It definitely made me proud to work with such an incredible staff.

The best part, though, was when our security officers opened a package that was delivered to us, only to find a 7+ foot tall Energizer Bunny costume. Needless to say they were intrigued. Oh, life at a children’s museum. We aim to entertain.

Check back next month to meet another member of the Zimmer team!

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