Museum of Art + Light announces first VP of Learning Engagement & Visitor Experiences

Museum of Art + Light Appoints VP of Learning Engagement & Visitor Experiences

Manhattan, Kan. February 8, 2024—The Museum of Art + Light (MoA+L) announced today that Kristy Peterson will become the museum’s first-ever VP of Learning Engagement & Visitor Experiences.

Previously the Director of the Greenlease Gallery and Panacea Project Space at Rockhurst University, Kristy will lead the museum’s arts learning and visitor engagement efforts by providing her knowledge and guidance in the delivery of innovative visitor experiences tethered to the museum’s permanent, digital, and immersive collections. Peterson has previously directed education departments at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; The Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago; and Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s Botanic Garden. She brings a wealth of art museum and cultural non-profit organizational experience in educational programming, outreach, interpretation, and exhibition display to implement the museum’s arts learning initiatives for its expected 125,000 local, regional, and global visitors.

“We are so excited to have Kristy a part of the museum’s core leadership team, as we know she will apply her vast knowledge of arts learning and visitor interpretation to the forefront as we embark on the museum’s education vision. Kristy’s long-standing reputation will only elevate the museum’s path to success and its impact on future audiences and the museum field writ-broad,” says Erin Dragotto, Vice President of Development and Operations.

“I am delighted to be a member of the Museum of Art + Light team, where I will be able to apply my museum studies expertise and passion for arts education to this unique art museum. Helping people connect to art can only enhance one’s ability to be enlightened on a very human level,” Peterson said. “Joining the Museum of Art + Light at a time when technology and interpretation of collections are shifting the landscape of how museums embrace interpretation will only enhance our ability to welcome all people to explore the world of art together.”

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