June 27, 2018

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

AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTSMead Art Museum at Amherst College has appointed Emily Potter-Ndiaye head of education and Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Academic Programs, overseeing student and faculty collaborations with the museum’s collection and education initiatives. Her tenure begins Monday, August 20. Potter-Ndiaye joins the Mead from the Brooklyn Historical Society, where she has served as director of education since 2013, and from the Museum Education Roundtable, where she is a board member.

“I am thrilled to join the Mead and Amherst campus, to engage students, faculty, and the region’s communities as interpreters of the resonant art and artifact collections, and contributors to our evolving narratives,” Potter-Ndiaye said. “It is an exciting time to shape innovative programming at the Mead with the dedicated team there. 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.”

At the Brooklyn Historical Society, Potter-Ndiaye organized programs across three locations in Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, serving more than 15,000 students and teachers annually. In 2017, the mentorship program Teen Innovators received a National Arts and Humanities Youth Programs Award. Prior to her time at the Brooklyn Historical Society, Potter-Ndiaye was a museum educator at the New-York Historical Society and San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum. She holds a Master’s degree in museum studies from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in history and African studies from Macalester College.

“We are so happy to have Emily Potter-Ndiaye join the talent staff at the Mead,” director and chief curator David E. Little said. “Emily brings to the position a new vision of education that emphasizes collaboration, scholarly rigor, a passion to connect with students of all backgrounds, and to connect students with artists as part of the Mead’s recent emphasis on experiential learning.”

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