Accomplished museum educator joins Mint Museum staff

Cynthia Moreno is new Assistant Director of Lifelong Learning

Cynthia Moreno, a career art museum educator who has collaborated with top museums around the country during nearly two decades as a museum education director, has joined The Mint Museum’s staff in the new position of Assistant Director of Lifelong Learning.

Moreno was previously Director of Education at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, which is Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museum, for 18 years. There she directed innovative programs for schools, families, youth, and adults. She successfully implemented grant projects funded by major organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wallace Fund, and initiated numerous community partnerships. She founded the Speed’s award-winning interactive gallery Art Sparks, which serves as a national model for engaging children and families in hands-on learning experiences. Working with colleagues at the High Museum in Atlanta and Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, she guided extensive research at the Speed on family learning in art museums (see for more information). She has an active record of presentations and publications and has served in leadership roles with professional associations including the American Alliance of Museums, the National Art Education Association, and Southeastern Museum Association.  Moreno has also been recognized by her peers as one of the outstanding art museum educators in the Southeastern United States. A Florida native, she received two B.A. degrees in Humanities and Mass Communications, and a M.A. in Art Education and Arts Administration from the University of South Florida.

“Cynthia Moreno’s extensive experience in museum programming, assessment, and planning will reap many benefits,” said Cheryl Palmer, the Mint’s Director of Learning and Engagement. “Cynthia’s leadership in innovative and creative interpretive efforts at the Speed Art Museum, and her successes with national grants and research, are impressive and inspiring. With Cynthia’s ideas and energy, I am confident that the Mint will be able to engage and serve even more families, students and adults.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Mint’s staff at such an exciting time of growth and expansion,” said Moreno. “The Mint Museum has a national profile for its strong collections and dynamic exhibitions.  Cheryl Palmer, the Mint’s Director of Learning and Engagement, is recognized as a leader in the field of museum education and community outreach.”

Moreno is part of a recent string of hires that are deepening the Mint’s expertise and helping it reach new populations. In recent weeks, the museum has also announced the hiring of Ana Lucia Divins in the newly-created position of Latino Community Education Liaison, and of Michele Leopold as the museum’s new Chief Registrar.

“We are pleased to see the Mint’s staff continue to acquire new expertise to match its leading, innovative collections, programming, and facilities,” said Dr. Kathleen V. Jameson, President & CEO of the Mint. “Cynthia’s extensive knowledge and experience will help the Mint become an even more valuable asset for people of all ages in Charlotte, the region, and the world.”