To honor Dr. Anne-Imelda Radice, who stepped down after five and a half years as executive director of the American Folk Art Museum, a fund for educational programming has been created.
“During Dr. Radice’s tenure, more than 15,000 New York City public school students visited the museum, where folk and self-taught art was used to teach cultural diversity, connect students to history, and increase their empathetic understanding of the accomplishments of individuals from a variety of backgrounds,” said Stacy C. Hollander, acting executive director of the American Folk Art Museum. “Under Radice’s guidance, more than 150 lectures, panel discussions, symposia, publications, and other scholarly programs were offered to enhance life-long learning for all ages.”
As director, Radice expanded the museum’s educational staff and programs. She also made the museum’s library accessible to the public, and she hired the museum’s first archivist and opened the archives to researchers, students, and scholars. She developed an internship program with LaGuardia Community College, which offers year-long professional development opportunities to diverse students who might not otherwise have considered museums as a career path. The Anne Radice Education Fund will support these programs. To contribute, go to (https://shop.folkartmuseum.org/products/anne-radice-education-fund).
Originally published in the May 2018 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2018 Maine Antique Digest