Deputy Director, Engagement & Innovation
Sonnet Takahisa, Deputy Director, Engagement & Innovation at the Newark Museum is part of the senior management team. Responsible for implementing the vision of a unique urban museum that specializes in art, science and the humanities, she oversees the Education Division and advocates across all Museum divisions to ensure an ongoing and productive conversation with a diverse and growing audience. Through innovative leadership, creative partnerships, and strategic planning, she works with colleagues to ensure that the Newark Museum is relevant and inspiring to a 21st century community.
She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Council of the Newark Arts Education Roundtable, an alliance of stakeholders who collaborate to ensure that all children in Newark have equitable access to high quality, sequential arts education opportunities. She also serves on the Education Advisory Panel of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Takahisa has consulted with museums, cultural institutions and schools, focusing on public engagement, community building and education reform. She serves on national and local task forces for museums, arts, pre-K through higher education, government funding agencies and foundations. She initiated programs at Boston Children’s Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum and the National September 11 Memorial Museum. She was founding Co-director of the NYC Museum School, a public school that engaged secondary students by providing access to cultural institutions. She was Senior Program Officer at New Visions for Public Schools, an academic management organization, where she worked with new schools focused on arts, cultural and youth leadership. She coordinated the statewide Museum School Partnership Professional Learning Network for the NY State Council on the Arts. As a consultant she focused on exhibit planning, program design and evaluation for organizations, and was a faculty member of Johns Hopkins University Museum Studies graduate program.
Sunday, May 6
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM