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Breaking Through: Women Leading Museums A Panel Discussion Celebrating Women’s History Month 2009

Feb 20 2009

In celebration of Women’s History month, four women who direct museums in Washington, D.C. will candidly explore the role of women in our nation’s cultural life in a panel discussion at the National Museum of Women in the Arts at 6:30 p.m. on March 26, 2009.

The program is co-sponsored by ArtTable, the leadership organization for professional women in the visual arts, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, dedicated to recognizing the contributions of women artists.

At the panel, Breaking Through: Women Leading Museums, nationally renowned interviewer and N.P.R. Morning Edition special correspondent Susan Stamberg will moderate a lively conversation with directors whose institutions reflect Washington’s broad range of museums:

  • Camille Giraud Akeju, Director, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution
  • Leslie Buhler, Executive Director, Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
  • Dorothy Kosinski, Director, The Phillips Collection
  • Susan Fisher Sterling, Director, National Museum of Women in the Arts

“Women are making extraordinary contributions to our nation’s cultural life, but still face marked challenges, from the gender pay gap to work-life balance,” said Elizabeth Ash, Chair of the D.C. Chapter of ArtTable. “These museum directors will offer their unique perspectives on how to succeed at the highest levels and what they wish they had known sooner.”

During the evening, the panelists will share their professional journeys, offer advice to emerging professionals, and communicate their vision for leading museums today and beyond.

Admission is $20 for ArtTable members, $25 for non-members, and $10 for students (with ID). Tickets are available at or 212-343-1735 x 25. For general information about the program, call 703-231-5242. The National Museum of Women in the Arts is located at 1250 New York Avenue NW, two blocks north of Metro Center. Additional directions can be found at


ArtTable, Inc.
Founded in 1980, ArtTable, Inc. is the leadership organization for professional women in the visual arts. ArtTable’s purpose is to increase the effectiveness, visibility and diversity of women in the field. Through activities and initiatives, ArtTable is dedicated to: supporting women in the visual arts at all stages of their careers; documenting outstanding achievements by women past and present; increasing opportunities for women; and in so doing, enriching the nation’s cultural life. For more information, visit

National Museum of Women in the Arts
National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is the only museum solely dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in the visual, performing and literary arts. Founded as a private, not-for-profit organization by Wilhelmina Cole Holladay in 1981 and opened in 1987, the museum’s collection features 3,000 works from the 16th-century to the present by more than 800 artists. Highlights include works by Lavinia Fontana, Alma Thomas, Louise Nevelson, Lilla Cabot Perry, Frida Kahlo and Nan Goldin along with special collections of 18th-century silver tableware and botanical prints. NMWA offers multidisciplinary programs for adults, young people, and families, including role model workshops, film, music and literary events. Located at 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC in a landmark building blocks from the White House, the museum is open Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, noon–5 p.m. For more information, visit

National Museum of Women in the Arts