The Palm Springs Art Museum announced Wednesday that it has created a new position for education and community engagement officer and appointed a Coachella Valley native to the position.
Luisa Heredia will assume the role on May 31 with a mission to develop an inclusive, dynamic and involving institution for the community, according to a statement from the museum.
“She has all the strengths we were looking for as someone who can create opportunities for a wide range of audiences to engage with the museum,” said museum executive director and CEO Adam Lerner.
“His appointment accelerates our efforts to break down the elitism that can be inherent in so many museum structures. She is a rare find.
Heredia earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in Anthropology and Sociology.
“Throughout my career, I have been driven by a commitment to reflect, represent, and open institutional space for Latinx, migrant, BIPOC, and queer communities,” Heredia said.
“I look forward to designing and implementing large-scale programs that will create an inclusive space representative of the community.”
Heradia currently holds the Joanne Woodward Chair in Public Policy at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York.