Before becoming an arts administrator in 2009, Maggie Anderson was an accomplished classroom teacher. She taught Middle School and High School language, fine arts and art history. Then as Administrator for the Integrated Arts department for a K-12 regional charter district, Maggie wrote all curricula for the Visual Arts/Integrated Health/ Integrated Technology programs in the district. She was also selected to sit on various curriculum councils for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
As Director of Education at the Newport Art Museum, Maggie’s innovative approach to museum education has increased participation and support of the museum and garnered national acclaim. In addition to the more than 30 staff and teaching artists she supervised, Maggie coordinated with over 20 external organizations throughout the region to produce and promote community-based arts outreach programs. In just one year, Maggie led the effort to increase the number of people served by Newport Art Museum grant-funded programs by 1,000 individuals.
Maggie graduated with honors from Pratt Institute with a Master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management/Arts Administration. She earned her dual Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Political Science from Rhode Island College, where she graduated with honors and a minor in Art History.
"The arts are fundamental to a child's education", Anderson says. "I directly credit my passion for arts and culture to the teachers I had at Edmund W. Flynn, Community Preparatory School and The Wheeler School. Teachers changed my life. In this role, I hope to make meaningful and lasting connections between teaching artists, great organizations and the citizens of Rhode Island - young and old. Every Rhode Islander needs access to the life changing power of the arts. Working on art education at the state level is a professional dream come true, and I look forward to joining the State Arts Council in this role.”