The Meadows Museum Student Collective (MMSC)

The Meadows Museum Student Collective (MMSC) develops ways to engage the SMU student body by planning, marketing, and facilitating creative projects at the Meadows Museum. By serving as the voice of the student body, the MMSC helps the museum become more accessible and welcoming to communities in Dallas.

2022-2023 Project

This year, Collective members will help develop and facilitate activities for children and families visiting the museum. Collective members will also be given the opportunity to support other programs and events at the museum on an as-needed basis.


  • MMSC meetings occur in person at the Meadows Museum for a full academic year. Meetings take place on select Thursdays from 4 – 5:30 PM: 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17 & 12/1, 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23, 4/6, and 4/20. 
  • In addition to meeting dates, MMSC members must facilitate a minimum of one program on the weekend in both the fall and spring semesters. Fall options are October 22 and November 19 and spring options are February 4, March 4, April 6, and May 1. 


MMSC members earn $12/ hour for meeting sessions. SMU requires that students be paid via the SMU payroll system. If a student is ineligible to be paid via SMU payroll (due to enrollment, scholarship status, or other reasons), they may still apply to join the Meadows Museum Student Collective, but will forfeit the honorarium.

Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 26, 2022.

ARTafterDARK: SMU College Night

ARTafterDARK SMU College Night posterThursday, September 28, 8:00–10:00 p.m.

SMU student ID required

Limited Edition T-Shirt

The first 100 people to arrive get a limited-edition, glow-in-the-dark ARTafterDARK shirt designed by SMU student artist Sophie Kim.

Dark Arts

Step under the black light and use neon pencils to color your own fluorescing version of works at the museum.

Lit Origami Lanterns

Work with the SMU chapter of Paper for Water to fold an origami lantern lit with an LED diode, or collaborate with others to make a multi-sheet ornament.

Light Painting

Grab a finger light and paint with light on the big screen.

Art by Candlelight

Experience the museum’s gallery of Medieval and early Renaissance art the way it was intended – by candlelight and by song.

Glow Booth

Capture your glowing review of this year’s College Night at the Meadows Museum in a photo souvenir.

Mini Pyramid Lights

Create a portable pyramid light with vellum, an electric tea light, and your imagination.

Layered Lightboxes

Join SMU’s Student Organized Artist Collective (SOAC) to create a custom, collaged lightbox that’s perfect to hang at home.

Riddle Me This

Grab a team and a UV flashlight and solve riddles in the galleries. Teams that successfully figure out all the riddles will win a glowing prize.

Lite Brites

Channel your inner child and create the glowing peg-light images of your dreams.

Gallery Talks | 8:45 & 9:30 PM

Learn more about the art on the walls from SMU students Andreina Rodriguez & Lucia Hinojosa.

Light Bites

Enjoy treats that help bring light into the world. Each featured dessert is from an organization that changes lives. Savor brownies from Café Momentum, pie bites from Chance’s Cafe, and cookies from Break Bread, Break Borders.

The Spanish Wave

Tonight’s playlist features five bands from Spain that were featured in the 2023 South by Southwest® (SXSW®) festival.


The Meadows Museum offers internships during the academic year and summer that give students an introduction to the museum profession. Internships provide students with the opportunity to work directly with the Meadows Museum’s staff and a world-renowned collection of Spanish art. We ensure that our interns work on meaningful projects that contribute to the museum and give the intern marketable, real-world experience.

To learn more about internships at the Meadows Museum, visit our internships page.

Poets Laureate Program

The Meadows Museum’s Poets Laureate program awards a select group of SMU undergraduate writers to act as ambassadors voicing the connections between visual art and poetry. Held during April, National Poetry Month, this program provides mentorship, workshops, and honoraria to participants.

Full program and application details for the 2021 Poets Laureate program will be released in fall 2020.

See 2020 Poets Laureate submissions.