Museum Division Co-Chairs
Maria Lafelice

Missy Higgins-Linder


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Maria E. Lafelice is an innovative educator and creative leader with nearly 10 years’ experience in museums and the non-profit sector. She joined the Toledo Museum of Art’s Education & Engagement team in 2015, with previous experience at the Akron Art Museum and Cleveland Museum of Art. Lafelice sits on the Collingwood Art Center’s board of directors and serves as a mentor for first generation college students with College Now Greater Cleveland. She was recently selected to participate in the Getty Leadership Institute’s Next Gen program. Lafelice’s research expertise is an intersection between contemporary art practice and pedagogy with recent publication in the Journal of Childhood Studies and has exhibited art locally and internationally; she has earned a M.A. and B.A. in Art Education from Kent State University.