Director of Education and Tour Programs
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
As the Director of Education and Tour Programs, Lauren Zalut oversees the development, implementation, and evaluation of guided tours, trains tour guides, and leads family and school programming at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site. In an effort to encourage empathy in the historic site’s visitors, she most recently designed a groundbreaking program employing formerly incarcerated people as tour guides, allowing visitors to hear firsthand about the human experience of incarceration. This project received the 2017 Innovation in Museum Education Award from the Education Committee of the American Alliance of Museums. Using the historic site as a catalyst for conversation on social issues, Lauren has worked to incorporate dialogue facilitation techniques and content about mass incarceration into guided tours, as
well as into youth and family programming. She has initiated and coordinated many programs that encourage collaboration between community groups, social service organizations, and museums. This includes her work as Museum Educator and Communications Coordinator at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, where she launched partnerships including the science café, Science on Tap, and the Philadelphia Honey
Festival. Lauren has appeared on the History Channel, and was featured on Billy Penn’s 2016 Who’s Next: Arts, a list of young, heavy hitters in Philadelphia’s arts scene. Lauren holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art with concentrations in Visual Studies and Art History from Tyler School of Art, a Master’s Degree in Museum Education from The University of the Arts, and a certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Bryn Mawr College. Lauren believes that museums can be forces of social change, and it is her goal to design inspiring and transformative visitor experiences.
Monday, May 7
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM