New direction for national museum
The former executive director of the Bermuda National Gallery has been appointed to a new post at the National Museum of Bermuda.
Lisa Howie will be responsible for the implementation of the new NMB education strategy as director of learning and engagement.
Ms Howie said that NMB’s Education Strategy 2019: Moving the Needle was the “hook” that got her interested in the job.
She added: “It is a thoughtful document that challenges the manner in which a museum will engage with learners of all ages, doing so in order to transcend barriers, instigate new ways of thinking and ultimately arriving at transformative experiences.
“My role is a great opportunity for me to deep-dive into our island’s history — learning actively while creating stimulating programmes to engage a wide audience.
“This spirit of learning by teaching is a key element of the NMB Education Strategy and I will be modelling the way.”
The strategy was designed to reposition the Dockyard museum and encourage “the open exploration of history, heritage and identity.”
Elena Strong, the executive director of the NMB, said: “We are thrilled to have Lisa join the NMB team. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise along with enthusiasm and a fresh art-based perspective.”
Ms Howie will work to promote interest in Bermuda’s history and design and deliver programming.
She will work with the NMB education committee and staff, as well as collaborate with schoolteachers, government, and community groups.
Ms Howie started her career in education and worked in schools for 13 years after she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Canada.
She moved to the Bermuda National Gallery as education director in 2006 and was executive director from 2009 until 2017.
Ms Howie has completed the senior leaders programme for non-profit professionals at Columbia University in New York City.
She is also the owner and curator of the online Black Pony Gallery, set up to develop international interest in the Bermuda visual arts scene.
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