Assistant Education Director
Phoenix Art Museum
A California native, Christian Adame is a museum educator with 15 years of diverse experience developing in-gallery interpretation, designing and managing public programs, and mobilizing diverse communities through outreach. He has held various positions at the California State Archives, The California Museum of Women, History, and the Arts, and the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, which underwent a major expansion in 2010. In 2011, he joined Phoenix Art Museum as Assistant Curator for Education. He is currently the Museum’s Assistant Education Director, acting as the liaison between the Education and Curatorial divisions. He manages museum-wide interpretation, accessibility, and public programs including Slow Art & Mindfulness and the Arts Engagement Program, for those experiencing dementia and their care partners. He is passionate about inclusion, advocacy, and intersectional practice, particularly with creative aging, Latinx, and LGBTQI communities.
During his tenure, he has received awards and fellowships from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, The Teaching Institute in Museum Education, and the Getty Leadership Institute’s NextGen Executive Education Program. His work has been featured by Museum Hack, AAM’s Trends Watch, Design Thinking for Museums, and in Visitor-Centered Exhibitions and Edu-Curation in Art Museums (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). He earned his B.A. in Art History from the University of California, Davis.
Additionally, he has been a Board Member of Cultural Connections in the San Francisco Bay Area and Emerging Arts Leaders Phoenix. Highly involved in the city’s arts scene, he was named one of Phoenix’s 100 Creatives by Phoenix New Times in 2016, and is co-founder of Cut + Paste PHX and Megaphone, a grassroots arts space.
Tuesday, May 8
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM