As we settle into 2023, I am deeply honored and delighted to join the Newport Art Museum team as Interim Director. I am inspired by the Board of Trustees and staff’s eagerness to embark on the year ahead with open-mindedness, a growth mindset, and a lot of enthusiasm!
This is a time of listening, learning, reflecting, and growing. I look forward to championing our enriching engagement opportunities for all the artists, families, students, and communities we serve.
Drawing from my foundation of 17 years as an arts practitioner, serving as a professor of Art History and Museum Studies, a Museum Educator, and a Curator, I firmly believe that growth is generated through creativity, courage, and collaboration. By shaping new narratives, experimenting with new approaches, and creating new partnerships, I am confident the year ahead will be a prosperous and vibrant one for the Newport Art Museum.
The year is already off to a remarkable start. As part of our 95th Annual Winter Speaker Series, on January 28 at 2:00 pm, we will welcome Monica Young, News Editor of Sky & Telescope Magazine. Held in person at the Museum and streamed live, the speaker series offers audiences thought-provoking, interdisciplinary opportunities to engage in conversations around the most critical topics of our time.
For young art enthusiasts, 2023 marks the return of Wake + Create, the Museum’s beloved monthly program for kids ages 4 – 10 and their caregivers, and our Winter School Vacation Arts and Clay Camps promise an art-filled February break.
Most importantly, thank you for your engagement. Your support is essential to all we do, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Museum and all the possibilities for curiosity and connection ahead.
With best wishes for a happy, healthy 2023!