Phoenix Art Museum hires new education director

Kaela Hoskings (Submitted photo)

Kaela Hoskings (Submitted photo)

The Phoenix Art Museum has announced that Kaela Hoskings will be joining the institution as its new Gerry Grout education director and will assume her new responsibilities at the museum on Aug. 17.

Ms. Hoskings is currently the director of education at Artpace in San Antonio, Texas, one of the premier artist residency and exhibition programs in the world.

During her tenure at Artpace, Ms. Hoskings expanded the museum’s community outreach and increased overall attendance for education participation by 77 percent, according to a press release.

She was also responsible for cultivating interest and public support for large-scale programs, like “Chalk it Up” that had attendance of more than 22,000 in 2014, and created initiatives to leverage the organization’s mission with new audiences to include “Artpace After Hours” and “You[th]Pace Teen Art Council” resulting in an increase in educational funding opportunities, stated the release.

One of Ms. Hoskings’ leading accomplishments is being awarded the “Museum Education Division Outstanding Art Educator of the Year 2014” from the Texas Art Education Association. A true student of education, she brings her classroom teaching experience to connect with the community and is no stranger to the funding, grant and administrative process, according to the release.

Ms. Hoskings is currently a member of the Texas Art Education Association, an executive board member of Contemporary Art Month and a proud member and representative of the Girl Scouts of the USA and World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, stated the release.

“Kaela Hoskings is uniquely qualified to expand Phoenix Art Museum’s audience with her high energy, creativity and dedication to community outreach,” stated Amada Cruz, The Sybil Harrington director at Phoenix Art Museum, stated in the release. “We are thrilled to have her leading the excellent education team at the Museum.”

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