Dana Baldwin, the PMA’s Peggy L. Osher Director of Learning and Interpretation, has accepted a position as Program and Communications Director at the Maine Philanthropy Center (MPC) in Portland. MPC is a regional association of grantmakers working to promote philanthropy and to increase its impact in Maine. Dana’s last day at the museum will be Wednesday, November 27, 2013.
Reflecting on her accomplishments, PMA’s Director Mark Bessire said, "Dana's ability to be a local and national leader of the arts has placed the Portland Museum of Art in a position of leadership and reverence within the museum and educational communities. We congratulate her on her exciting new position and we will miss her greatly."
Dana Baldwin has been Director of Learning and Interpretation at the PMA since 1992. In 2003, she was named the Eastern Division’s Outstanding Museum Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association, and in 2005 she was named Art Advocate of the Year by the Maine Art Education Association. In 2011, she was named the National Arts Educator of the Year by the National Arts Education Association. During Dana’s tenure at the museum, she has led the effort to establish the Bernard A. Osher Lecture series as one of the major annual cultural events in Portland and to launch the annual Nelson Social Justice Fund Lecture as a keystone of the PMA’s programs. She has been Project Director of 11 National Endowment for the Arts projects at the Portland Museum of Art, including a project to digitize more than 250 wood engravings by Winslow Homer for the museum’s website in 2009. Dana has increased collaborations with area social service agencies, interactive exhibitions imbedded in the Museum’s galleries, cell phone tours of special exhibitions, and a series of Regional Docent Symposia with attendance by volunteers from six states. In 2005 Baldwin was invited by the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles to serve as a Guest Scholar of the Getty Research Institute where she studied philosophies of interpretation.