EAST LANSING, MI.- The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
at Michigan State University today announced that Aimee Shapiro has joined the museum staff as Director of Education. Shapiro will oversee a wide range of programming for the Broad MSU, including family programming, a new docent training class, collaborations with university departments, and community-based programming that reflects the diversity present in todays learning and creative environments.
Shapiro was most recently the Artists in Education Program Manager at Southern Exposure, a non-profit visual arts organization based in San Francisco. Prior to that, she served in several capacities at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), facilitating art integration with area teachers, developing standards-based curriculum based on exhibitions and SFMOMA's permanent collection, and working with high school students to create a mural project with internationally renowned artist Kerry James Marshall.
University art museums are, at their core, educational institutions that not only engage college students across disciplines with the visual arts, but also provide educational opportunities for the entire community, said Founding Director Michael Rush. Aimee brings a wealth of experience in developing and implementing innovative arts education programs for people of all ages and backgrounds. The Broad MSUs educational programming will intersect with and complement MSUs arts education programs, further our mission of using international contemporary art to explore a very extensive range of ideas across many disciplines, and advance MSUs commitment to global engagement for all of its students.
The Broad MSU will offer a wide range of dynamic educational programming when it opens in November, with a focus on putting contemporary art into context by leveraging the museums vast historical collection and new acquisitions from the 21st century. Interactive programs will take place both in the museum and at off-site locations, stretching the boundaries of the gallery walls. The Broad MSU is committed to reaching diverse audiences in unique ways through partnerships and collaborations with university departments, internationally renowned artists, area schools, alternative art spaces, and other entities in the community and beyond.
I am extremely excited to apply my background and experience in museum education at an institution that is committed to providing insight into contemporary art across all media, for all audiences, Shapiro said. The Broad MSUs educational programs will serve to greatly enhance the museums position as a cultural hub for the region and the international art world.
Shapiro is from New York City and holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is also an independent illustrator and photographer.