Molly de Aguiar, Program Associate
The Dodge Foundation recently welcomed two new Trustees to our Board – Miriam Petty and Barbara Moran – and already they are bringing their warmth, individuality and commitment to the Board and to the Dodge Foundation. Come, meet them:
Miriam Petty is a newly-appointed Assistant Professor of Visual and Performing Arts at Rutgers University-Newark. She has taught and lectured widely on film, African American literature, Black popular culture and media studies.
Miriam was the fourth Geraldine R. Dodge Fellow at Rutgers-Newark’s Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, where she developed and implemented Watching Carefully, a two-year city initiative geared toward the improvement of media literacy among adults and children in Newark, New Jersey.
Miriam received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Emory University’s Institute of the Liberal Arts. As a 2006-2009 Fellow of Princeton University’s Society of Fellows, Professor Petty’s recent projects include Race.Place.Space., a documentary film festival in Trenton, New Jersey, that she curated on behalf of Princeton’s Center for African American Studies.
A longtime friend and protector of the arts in New Jersey, Barbara served as Executive Director of the New Jersey State Museum and The New Jersey Cultural Trust until her retirement in October 2008.
The New Jersey Cultural Trust was established to create a permanent and stable source of funding to help build endowments, create institutional stability and fund capital projects for arts, history and humanities organizations.
In addition to her work at the State Museum and Cultural Trust, Barbara was Executive Director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (having served previously as the Assistant Executive Director for seven years). In 1999, she was also appointed as the first Assistant Commissioner of Cultural Affairs to oversee the New Jersey State Museum, the Division of Archives and Records Management, the Trenton War Memorial, the New Jersey Historical Commission and the NJ State Council on the Arts.
Both Barbara and Miriam are active on Board committees currently reviewing our strategy and guidelines for Dodge’s work in the future. In addition, Barbara is serving on our Poetry committee, which includes reviewing responses to our recent Request for Information and visiting potential sites for the 2010 Poetry Festival.
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