Saralinda Lichtblau, left, receives the 2017 Award for Excellence in Public Programming.
Saralinda Lichtblau, an adjunct instructor in the M.A. in Museum Professions program within the College of Communication and the Arts, recently accepted the 2017 Award for Excellence in Public Programming from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network on behalf of the Hudson River Museum.
Lichtblau serves as the assistant director of education at the Hudson River Museum. She recently coordinated an extensive lineup of programs surrounding the museum’s Civil War exhibits. The three exhibits, Lincoln on the Hudson, Red Grooms: The Blue and the Gray, and Who Fought to Save the Union included new sculpto-pictorama and expressionist-style interpretations of Civil War battles, both by Red Grooms, as well as Civil War images and objects from the museum’s permanent collection.
The award recognizes projects exemplifying creativity and professional vision that contribute to the preservation and interpretation of the historic scene, material culture, and diversity of the region. Lichtblau’s programming was designed to involve as wide an audience as possible and was timed over an eight month period. Activities included scholarly lectures, musical performances, gallery tours, Civil War music sing-a-longs, story-time, and a Civil War encampment.
“Our education and curatorial teams worked hand-in-hand to bring an exciting range of programs to serve our visitors,” said Lichtblau. “From tours to art making, music and theater performances, and scholars’ lectures, we invited the public to join us in exploring and giving a voice to the real stories and enduring legacy of the American Civil War.”
Lichtblau often co-teaches the Museum Education I and II courses with fellow adjunct instructor, Claudia Ocello. In class, Lichtblau stresses the importance of engaging all audiences through public and school programs.
“Instructor Lichtblau has an open and creative teaching style, which welcomes interesting conversation,” said Alexandra Henderson, a Museum Professions student in Lichtblau’s course. “She teaches that one of the important factors of creating an education program is that it fills a need within its community and is accessible for all learners.”
The M.A. in Museum Professions is an on-campus program designed for individuals interested in pursuing careers in museums or related cultural institutions. Students in the program select one of four professional tracks, including Museum Education, Museum Registration, Museum Management, or Exhibition Development.
The College currently offers three Master's-level programs, including Museum Professions, Strategic Communication, and Public Relations. In addition, four dual-degree options, including three accelerated B.A./M.A. programs and a dual M.A. degree with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations are offered. A Ph.D. program is currently under development.
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