The Albany Institute of History & Art has announced Maria Vann as the new Director of Education.
Maria Vann was the former Director/Chief Curator of the Maritime Museum at Battleship Cove. Vann has worked for institutions including the Iroquois Indian Museum, New York State Historical Association, Fenimore Art Museum, and as an adjunct history professor at SUNY College at Oneonta.
Vann has created and conducted an array of educational programs for school groups aligned with learning standards as well as programs for the general public and home schoolers. She has conducted children’s programs including art workshops and camps, organized history and art lectures with the likes of Victoria Wyeth and Carol Berkin, planned multi-disciplinary workshops, was a Conference on New York State History committee member, and conducted events such as juried art shows and several Iroquois cultural festivals.
Her experience includes providing professional development opportunities for teachers throughout New York State which included conducting a two-year long Teaching American History Grant program for educators throughout Rockland County and several October Conferences for Teachers. Vann has managed and trained docents and interpreters for tours and in the use of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS). She has supervised teen interpreters for Native American programming, interns for college credit and experience, and graduate students working toward degrees in museum studies and public history.
In addition, Vann has piloted historical research for interpretive documents such as highlight guides for art exhibitions, historic buildings, and was a museum consultant for the D & H Canal Linear Park in Sullivan County. Her creation of curriculum for educators includes pre-& post visit materials and distance learning for children/youth about subjects such as the Erie Canal, Iroquois culture, and HMS Titanic.
Vann has published academic articles about subjects such as Hercules Mulligan, Dutch Colonial Women, Azorean role during World War II, Iroquois Arts, and presented at conferences including AASLH and the International Congress of Maritime History in Ghent, Belgium. She authored the 2015 Morris prize winning article Sirens of the Sea: Female Slave Ship Owners of the Atlantic World, 1650-1870 published in CORIOLIS: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Maritime Studies. Vann has served as a guest curator for exhibitions, served as museum consultant, and created educational materials for museums including the National Baseball Hall of Fame, New York State Museum, and the D & H Canal Museum
She has a BS in History from SUNY College at Oneonta and an MA in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program.
The Albany Institute of History & Art is located at 125 Washington Avenue in Albany. Free parking is available in the museum’s lot at the corner of Elk and Dove Streets.
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