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Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Arizona State University present The Changing Face of Museum Leadership

September 12, 2022, 6pm

The Changing Face of Museum Leadership, a conversation with the upcoming generation of art museum leaders, will be held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.On Monday, September 12, at the ASU California Center in downtown Los Angeles, Miki Garcia, Director of ASU Art Museum; Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director, LACMA;, and Franklin Sirmans, director Pérez Art Museum Miami, will be joined by recent graduates of the ASU-LACMA Master’s Fellowship in Art History to discuss the future of leadership in the cultural sector. Recent graduates include: Dhyandra Lawson, Assistant Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Matthew Villar Miranda, Visual Arts Fellow, Walker Art Center; and Celia Yang, Head of Director’s Strategic Initiatives, Asia, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.Deborah Cullen-Morales, Program Officer for Arts and Culture, Mellon Foundation, will moderate this live public event, which can be viewed online via a live broadcast. RSVPs are necessary and the event is free. Contact asulacmaevents [​at​] to request a link to attend via Zoom.

By fostering the professional development of staff members of color already working at museums, the ASU-LACMA Master’s Fellowship in Art History was established in 2018 as a collaboration between ASU and LACMA with the goal of culturally diversifying the leadership of art museums in the United States. A new generation of diverse museum professionals will be developed through the three-year degree program, which combines strong academic instruction with practical work experience to advance the careers of exceptional people. Staff from all areas of the museum industry have been trained by the program, including curators, educators, directors, registrars, and members of the development, research, and administrative teams. While working at LACMA, the ASU Art Museum, and the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the fellows complete the prestigious Herberger Institute’s master’s program in art history at the ASU School of Art.

One fellow graduated this past May, making up the first cohort of fellows to do so. All of the fellows who successfully completed the program either received promotions within their own organizations or were given new, more responsible jobs inside other organizations.

The Heard Museum has recently joined the initiative after being recently added by LACMA and ASU, significantly growing the partnership’s nationwide consortium of museums. Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, a well-known curator and art historian of contemporary Latin American art, took over as the program’s new head this fall.

This fall there are nine fellows in the program: five are second-year fellows, and the other four are just beginning the program. The current fellows are Ellen Joo, Emily Le, Jackeline Lopez, Stephanie Rouinfar, Jayne Manuel, Mariama Salia, and Deliasofia Zacarias, all of whom work at LACMA; Emily Valdes, who works at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, and Roshii Montaño, who works at the Heard Museum.

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