curator – manager, overseer, organizer, collector, protector
Traditionally, a curator or keeper of a cultural heritage institution is a content specialist responsible for an institution's collections. A curator may be responsible for developing a theme and collecting artwork for a particular exhibit.
In addition to selecting works, the curator often is responsible for writing labels, essays for catalogs, and other supporting content for the exhibition.
The artist-curator has a long tradition of influence.
gallery director — manager, leader, minister
The job of the gallery director is to oversee the artistic direction of the art gallery while maintaining the business side of the gallery. The gallery director is in charge of selecting the gallery's art and organizing exhibitions.
One thing about creating something from scratch is that templates from other realms don't always fit. I was not a curator, as Hope Chapel has no art collection. Nor was I a gallery director, since we are not in the business of selling art. Instead of inventing a new word, I have chosen to shade the meaning and call myself a gallery manager or director. On this site I am calling what I did "curating" because it's short and makes a good menu term.
This kind of difficulty comes up a lot and not just in terminology. We in HopeArts make it a habit, when making plans and decisions about our ministry, to ask ourselves how we should look different. If the the template doesn't fit, do we change ourselves or the template? If our highest value and aim is to love God first and our neighbors as ourselves, what does that mean practically?
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