Graduate School

A New Director for Museum Leadership

Posted by Nick Gray on October 31, 2013

Brian HogarthThis fall, Bank Street’s Graduate School welcomed Brian Hogarth as its new director of the Leadership in Museum Education program.

Brian brings with him over 20 years of museum education and leadership experience at a number of leading institutions, including Johns Hopkins University, the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Canada. His own work in museums has largely focused on the interpretation of East Asian cultures.

“I was attracted to Bank Street’s program because it prepares museum educators to think about the whole organization,” Brian says. “Museum educators are traditionally strong advocates for the learning needs of visitors. Our program challenges students to think about their own leadership potential, as well as financial and organizational sustainability.”

Bank Street’s degree program is unique in that it caters to students working at cultural institutions far and wide. The program meets in-person one weekend a month, and roughly two-thirds of its students come from outside the New York metropolitan region. Students who come to the Leadership program already work in museums but are looking for further training to advance in their professions. Brian hopes to bring to the program more of what he calls “the digital dimension,” or how museums can position themselves as part of a growing network of communities of shared interests, both face to face and online. The program itself is already a model of blended learning, part of it online and part of it in person in New York.

For Brian, museums are exciting sites for learning because they “touch upon the whole range of human experience… They allow us to interact, socialize, and engage with each other as we explore meaning, nature, culture and community.”