Alumna Maria Iafelice Selected for Getty Leadership Institute
Maria Iafelice, who earned both her M.A. and B.A. in Art Education from the School of Art at Kent State University, was recently selected for a prestigious learning experience in March 2018 at the Claremont California for the Getty Leadership Institute as a part of the NextGen program. The program is for mid-level staff in their first three to five years as managers and the 2018 cohort included just 35 museum professionals from the United States and abroad. Ms. Iafelice, who is currently employed at the Toledo Museum of Art as the Docent Program Manager, was honored to be a part of this cohort of next generation museum leaders.
From The Getty Leadership Institute website:
The program blends one week of online learning and one week of residency in a collegial environment at CGU. The curriculum is intensive, while also offering time for self-reflection and practical application of materials and concepts. Participants examine their individual leadership styles, team dynamics, institutional needs and perspectives, and the future of the museum field. The selection process aims at creating a class of participants that fosters the best peer learning experience for all. GLI strives to include participants with a range of specializations, sizes, budgets, and geographical locations.
Ms. Iafelice also serves on the Ohio Art Education Association’s Museum Division as a co-chair with alumna, Missy Higgins-Linder. She joined the Toledo Museum of Art’s Education & Engagement team in 2015, with previous experience at the Akron Art Museum and Cleveland Museum of Art. Iafelice sits on the Collingwood Art Center’s board of directors and serves as a mentor for first generation college students with College Now Greater Cleveland. Iafelice’s research expertise is an intersection between contemporary art practice and pedagogy with recent publication in the Journal of Childhood Studies and has exhibited art locally and internationally.