Naima Keith: Deep Dives into Curatorial and Educational Approaches

Please join the Friends of the Institute on February 13 as they present Naima Keith’s talk, “Deep Dives into Curatorial and Educational Approaches.”

Naima J. Keith is the new vice president of education and public programs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). In her previous role as deputy director and chief curator of the California African American Museum (CAAM), she was instrumental in transforming that institution into a vibrant art center and reflection of LA cultural life. During her three-year tenure, she doubled guest visits by engaging new and diverse audiences. Previous to her time in California, Keith served as associate curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

At LACMA, Keith and her team are evaluating ways to better serve a wider population of children and families. She is especially determined to make art museums a more welcoming place for people of color, women, and working mothers.

In addition, Keith is co-curating Prospect.5, New Orleans’s contemporary arts triennial, opening in fall 2020. Originating as an experiment to welcome the contemporary art world to New Orleans, this Prospect.5 cycle celebrates the organization’s 10th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Keith’s other honors include receiving the David C. Driskell prize in 2017 for her contributions to the field of African American art and art history.

Reserve your ticket at or by calling 612.870.6323. Tickets are available for Friends members on December 15, to the public on December 17.