New year, new podcast season! We’re so excited to kick off season 2 of Museum Way with an interview with Crystal Bridges’ Executive Director and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Rod Bigelow and Deputy Director Sandy Edwards. Listen to the episode here.
In this episode, Bigelow and Edwards talk about their roles at the museum, as well as their favorite moments of 2018 and what they’re looking forward to in 2019. Check out our 2018 highlights video below to see first-hand some of the exciting projects mentioned in the episode.
Rod Bigelow has served as executive director of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art since 2013, guiding all facets of the museum’s development and reflecting his more than 20 years of experience in management of arts and cultural institutions. He joined Crystal Bridges in 2010, serving as the deputy director of operations and administration, focusing on organizational and policy development as well as construction activities leading up to the museum’s opening in November, 2011. In that role, he led the Crystal Bridges’ strategic planning process, resulting in a comprehensive plan guiding the museum’s focus.
Crystal Bridges took a crucial step forward in living up to our mission of access for all when the board of directors named Bigelow Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer in addition to his Executive Director role. Read Case Studies in Museum Diversity by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Association and the Association of Art Museum Directors here, and learn more about the role of Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer in the episode!
Sandy Edwards career exemplifies her deep commitment to improving quality of life through arts and education. She has served as Deputy Director for Crystal Bridges since 2007, playing a vital role in the conception, planning, building, and opening of the museum. She was instrumental in the establishment of endowments for the museum’s operations, acquisitions, and capital improvements, as well as a grant that provides free admission to the museum. Edwards has been and continues to be a guiding force in establishing this cultural destination, creating and growing connections to bring increased tourism to the area, as well as offering the region’s residents unparalleled arts, cultural, and educational experiences.
Other Museum Way episodes include a conversation on artwork installation, a chat with our Eleven restaurant chef, a look into museum virtual reality, and more. Subscribe to the podcast to be notified whenever we post a new episode—more exciting episodes are coming soon!
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