With a wide-ranging background in education, museums, performance, cultural arts, and economic development, Elizabeth Gelman holds a unique skillset and perspective which emphasizes the role that organizations play within their communities, primarily focusing on the intersection of social justice and the arts and humanities. Gelman spent decades as an artist and arts educator before transitioning into the museum world where she held leadership positions at Terra Museum of American Art, the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn, Spertus Museum and, most recently, as the Executive Director of The Florida Holocaust Museum. She is currently serving as Curator and Senior Director of Arts and Cultural Programming for Creative Pinellas, Pinellas County’s designated arts agency. Gelman is also the creator of the award-winning “Arts Attack” which connects visual art, music, and storytelling through interactive programs and workshops. Trained by MOMA’s Philip Yenawine in his groundbreaking inquiry-based Visual Thinking Strategies, Gelman remains passionate about using the arts to promote critical thinking and deeper understanding of challenging and sensitive topics.
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