Brookgreen Gardens Announces New Vice President for Creative Education
MURRELLS INLET, S.C., March 30, 2023 – Brookgreen Gardens has announced the appointment of Natalie C. Jones as Vice President for Creative Education. Jones will oversee the development and implementation of all creative educational programming at Brookgreen, educating a diverse audience on the Lowcountry's art, history, and nature.
“Natalie’s extensive experience in creative education and her passion for the arts will be a valuable asset to our organization,” says Page Kiniry, President and CEO of Brookgreen. “Our Creative Education department has thrived under former VP Ron Daise, and we are confident that Natalie will continue growing great resources such as hands-on workshops, lectures, and tours.”
Natalie is a Rock Hill native who joins the Brookgreen Gardens staff with experience in the arts, education, nonprofits, and community programming. She served as the Director of Public Art and Programs for the Charleston Parks Conservancy for the last year. During this time, she focused on curating public art installations, fostering relationships with community partners of color, and growing the public program offerings by 43% in 2022 respectively.
Through early exposure to parks and gardens, Natalie became passionate about interweaving community, education, and the arts within public green spaces. She has over a decade of experience working in inner-city schools as a visual arts and analog photography teacher. After teaching in several states, Natalie returned to her roots and started working for a museum in Charlotte, N.C. During this time, she curated educational and public programming and developed and facilitated equity, diversity, and inclusion workshops for the local school district and partnering organizations.
Natalie completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Norfolk State University (NSU) and obtained her K-12 teacher certification. After graduating from NSU, Natalie attended The Ohio State University, earning a Master of Arts degree in art education, focusing on arts, policy, and administration. Once she had five years of teaching experience under her belt, Natalie returned to graduate school to earn a Master of Arts degree in historic textiles and material culture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She serves on the National Art Education Association board of directors and the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture curatorial committee.
About Brookgreen Gardens
Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, on South Carolina’s Hammock Coast, and is open to the public daily. Founded in 1931 by Anna Hyatt Huntington and Archer Huntington, Brookgreen is home to the largest and most significant collection of American Figurative Sculpture in the country and is a leader in sculpture conservation, environmental conservation, and the protection of the plants, animals, and history of the South Carolina Lowcountry. For more information, visit our website at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.
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