Deputy Director and Head of Public and Academic Engagement
Cyra Levenson was appointed director of education and academic affairs at the CMA in May 2016. Prior to her arrival, she served as curator of education and academic outreach at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut. There she developed innovative interpretive materials and programs based on the collections and special exhibitions, including campus-wide collaborations, and managed school partnership initiatives, family programs, teacher training and community collaborations. In addition to holding various education positions at the Seattle Art Museum, Levenson previously worked as museum education and gallery resources manager at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City and as museum education coordinator at the Heritage School for the New York City Board of Education, where she supervised a museum education program at an arts-based public high school in East Harlem.
Levenson has taught extensively and has published numerous essays on museums and education, including “Creative Argument: The Power of Image and Word,” in Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal; “Teaching towards Creativity,” in Creativity in Art Education; and “The Underserved Questions in Museum Education,” in Studies in Art Education. Also, Levenson co-curated the Yale Center for British Art exhibition Figures of Empire: Slavery and Portraiture in 18th-Century Atlantic Britain and produced the 2014 documentary Visual Literacy: Rethinking the Role of Art in Education.
Levenson holds a bachelor’s degree with high honors in visual arts, with a concentration in Asian art history, from Oberlin College, and an EdM in art and art education from Teachers College, Columbia University.