Barb Whitney

Instructor

Barb is a champion for access and equity in the arts, engaging stakeholders regarding the arts and arts education locally, statewide, and nationally. Her work as an instructor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities facilitates civic engagement experiences for students at local arts institutions and fosters their academic understanding of the day-to-day operations integral to making a nonprofit mission a reality.

In her role as the executive director for Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center, Barb promotes the organization's mission is to provide public awareness, education and enjoyment of the visual arts by promoting the works of Michigan artists. Driving community engagement through public art, exhibitions, and education, Barb's team is igniting passion for the visual arts, providing a forum for self-expression and community engagement. 

Barb earned a BA in Art and Art History from Kalamazoo College and an MA in Arts Administration from the University of Michigan Flint. Her research is focused on equitable arts education youth in the United States of America from a sociological perspective, outlining the injustice perpetrated by withholding the rights to arts education from particular populations. Barb's recent national research fellowship with Americans for the Arts revealed, in part, a trend of inequitable access to the arts for all students. Based on proven benefits of arts instruction, Barb advocates for a paradigm shift recognizing the value of the arts in the development of children's learning, educational experiences, and future prospects as United States citizens. Visit Barb's LinkedIn page for more details. 

BIO

Barb is a champion for access and equity in the arts, engaging stakeholders regarding the arts and arts education locally, statewide, and nationally. Her work as an instructor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities facilitates civic engagement experiences for students at local arts institutions and fosters their academic understanding of the day-to-day operations integral to making a nonprofit mission a reality.

In her role as the executive director for Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center, Barb promotes the organization's mission is to provide public awareness, education and enjoyment of the visual arts by promoting the works of Michigan artists. Driving community engagement through public art, exhibitions, and education, Barb's team is igniting passion for the visual arts, providing a forum for self-expression and community engagement. 

Barb earned a BA in Art and Art History from Kalamazoo College and an MA in Arts Administration from the University of Michigan Flint. Her research is focused on equitable arts education youth in the United States of America from a sociological perspective, outlining the injustice perpetrated by withholding the rights to arts education from particular populations. Barb's recent national research fellowship with Americans for the Arts revealed, in part, a trend of inequitable access to the arts for all students. Based on proven benefits of arts instruction, Barb advocates for a paradigm shift recognizing the value of the arts in the development of children's learning, educational experiences, and future prospects as United States citizens. Visit Barb's LinkedIn page for more details. 

CONTACT INFO

Office: C320G Snyder Hall
Phone: (517)-884-6010

HIGHLIGHTS

Director, Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center
BA in Art and Art History, Kalamazoo College
MA in Arts Administration, University of Michigan-Flint