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Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Deputy Director of Education & Public Programs of Seattle Art Museum

10/29/2012

Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Deputy Director of Education & Public Programs of Seattle Art Museum

10/29/2012

Sandra Jackson-Dumont, who came to the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) in 2006, is regarded as a bold, original curator of participatory art experiences for people of all ages. To engage young people who want to invent and share experiences, Sandra produces programs that blend the intellectual and creative with the social. For instance, she led the Museum in producing Remix, a quarterly late-night event with social activities, performances, art-making, and tours led by local personalities and artists. The event regularly sells out (2,400 people), is sustained through admission revenue, and has increased the Museum's young adult audience and membership.

Sandra promotes the Museum as a convener where contemporary issues are explored. She initiated Building a Community of Thinkers, a group comprised of education leaders from arts and culture organizations who study issues driving the need for reform in schools and then implement best practices. The group has taken the lead to address local issues of access and equity in arts education. Sandra's vision of giving the SAM audience a voice and a means to participate is evident in a variety of ways—from the Teen Advisory Group to SAM's hosting of Seattle Public Schools' Naramore Art Show.

Sandra serves on various boards and committees in the greater community, including the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, Spectrum Dance Theater, Northwest African American Museum, and Seattle Center's Next 50 Celebration. She also works on developing new partnerships, such as having SAM co-present the Marc Bamuthi Joseph performance with Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas and supporting the Merce Cunningham Dance Company Legacy Tour performance at Paramount Theater. Sandra has broadened the Museum audience and enhanced connections between viewers and art, as well as between SAM and the larger community, engaging audiences in innovative ways.