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Mead Art Museum Names Emily Potter-Ndiaye Head of Education and Curator of Academic Programs

Emily Potter-Ndiaye.


Emily Potter-Ndiaye will join the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College in Massachusetts, where she will take up the post of head of education and curator of academic programs on August 20. Potter-Ndiaye has been the director of education at the Brooklyn Historical Society since 2013, and she is also on the board of the Museum Education Roundtable.

In her new role, Potter-Ndiaye will be in charge of initiatives to get students and faculty to engage with the museum’s collections, with a particular emphasis on research. She will also supervise the museum’s education team and oversee student employees, interns, and volunteers.

At the Brooklyn Historical Society, Potter-Ndiaye oversaw the organization’s programming, which serves over 15,000 students and teachers annually and includes workshops for teachers. The museum’s Teen Innovators program won a National Arts and Humanities Youth Programs Award in 2017.

“Supported by Amherst’s campus-wide processes for inclusion, racial equity, and diversity work, it is an exciting time to shape innovative programming at the Mead with the dedicated team there,” Potter-Ndiaye said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing the work to make the Mead a springboard for cross-disciplinary learning and scholarship, as well as socially-engaged dialogue.”

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