New Mexico Museum of Art. Courtesy/NMMA
SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Museum of Art welcomes Rebecca Aubin to the newly created position of Head of Education and Visitor Experience.
Aubin will develop a comprehensive vision for the museum’s educational and public programs with the goal of improving and enhancing overall visitor experience. Enhancing the museum’s position as a community center for the arts and extending its statewide outreach are also in the works.
The museum’s First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare exhibition in February 2016 will see the widest application of this strategy but Aubin has other plans brewing before then—among them she says is to collaborate with the O’Keeffe and New Mexico History Museums on family and community programming in the upcoming months.
Museum director Mary Kershaw created the Head of Education and Visitor Experience as a senior management position with responsibility for developing and leading a team who will create new inspirational education and community programs.
“Since coming to the museum as director five years ago, my goal has been to enhance the contribution we make to education in New Mexico and to more fully integrate the museum into the fabric of the community. I see this new position of Head of Education and Visitor Experience as putting into place those programs that will exponentially increase our educational programs, deepen our relationship with the community in Santa Fe and across the state whose art and culture we represent.”
Aubin moved to New Mexico in 2013 to work as the Director of Museum Learning and Public Programs in Taos at the Harwood Museum of Art, UNM.
Prior to joining the Harwood team, Aubin held positions at the Seattle Art Museum as Museum Educator for School and Educator Programs, and at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City, UT as Curator of Education.
In addition to extensive experience as a teacher, Aubin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master in Education, is a board member of the New Mexico Foundation for Human Enrichment and has served as a consultant for the Smithsonian, Utah Humanities Council, National Docent Symposium, and Utah Heritage Foundation. In her not-so-spare time Aubin is a practicing artist.
Aubin said, “The desire to be in a place where the sun shines more than 50 days a year and to be surrounded by artists and great art in the great Southwest is a dream-come true. I look forward to deepening my understanding of the Land of Enchantment, to meeting artists, and learning more about the history and community of Santa Fe and the great state of New Mexico.”