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Director for Media Projects
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New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs
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The unifying theme of my professional career, which now spans over 36 years, has been expanding access to cultural experiences for diverse constituencies. For the past eight years, I have been the Director for Media Projects at the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, where I promote the use of technology by New Mexico's cultural institutions and administer the Center for Cultural Technology, a partnership with the Department of Media Arts & Technology at New Mexico Highlands University, a regional, Hispanic-serving institution. Our mission is cultivating a home-grown, ethnically diverse, creative talent pool of multimedia specialists capable of working with cultural content and committed to serving their communities. We are also committed to developing practical and affordable technological solutions for cultural institutions.

Central to my activities has been the development of a forward-looking paid internship program that places media arts majors from NMHU in cultural institutions. In 2006 I initiated a partnership with the Santa Fe Institute, an international center for complexity science research, to cooperate on joint projects to make current SFI research broadly accessible and understandable and to interest, excite, and inform the general public about complexity science. In 2009 I spearheaded the establishment of PICT (the Program in Interactive Cultural Technology), a biannual full-semester, immersive, academic and hands-on program, offered in collaboration with a high-profile partnering museum, designed to prepare students for careers as multimedia professionals in museums, other cultural institutions, and exhibit design businesses. And in 2010 I played a major role in the creation of the AmeriCorps Cultural Technology Program (ACT), the only AmeriCorps program in the nation that focuses on the multimedia design needs of cultural institutions within the framework of national service.

My previous work has included five years as the Program Director of TREX: the Traveling Exhibitions Program of the Museum of New Mexico (2000-2005), and serving as the U.S. Commission of the Venice Biennale, where I organized an exhibition of paintings by Robert Colescott, the first African-American artist to represent the U.S. there in a single-artist exhibition (1997).

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