The LSU Museum of Art has named Lucy Perera the new coordinator of school and community programs, effective Jan. 7, 2013.
Perera comes to the LSU Museum of Art after serving as the curator of education and public programs at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, N.M., since 2006. Prior to being the curator of education and public programs, she served as Harwood's coordinator of museum development and relations since 1998.
Perera received her B.A. in Art History from Boston University and her M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Denver.
"Lucy Perera will be a great asset to the LSU Museum of Art, the university and the Baton Rouge community" said Jordana Pomeroy, executive director of the LSU Museum of Art. "She brings to the museum many years of developing successful approaches to arts education that well served the Taos community and the University of New Mexico. We are looking forward to her re-creating some of these innovative programs and inventing new ones for our institution."
Perera founded the educational department at the Harwood, creating diverse programs for over 9,000 children, families, teens and adult learners. She established the Fern Hogue Mitchell Education Center, a large art studio and class room for youth, and school and adult programs used by more than 5,000 learners annually. Perera was also responsible for developing, managing, funding, marketing and delivering several other educational and public programs including Art in the Schools, a free object-based museum education program which brought in classes of high risk students from local elementary schools for monthly visits throughout the academic year. Museum components were followed by a studio project aligned with State Benchmarks and National Arts Standards.