Ken Robinson Appointed Senior Advisor to the President of the J. Paul Getty Trust
World-Renowned Educator to Expand and Strengthen Getty's Educational Mission
September 25, 2001
Los Angeles--Barry Munitz, president and chief executive officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust, has announced the appointment of Ken Robinson as his senior advisor for education. Working closely with the Getty Museum, Research Institute, Conservation Institute, and Grant Program, Robinson will provide Trust-wide leadership to develop integrated policies and programs related to education.
"The Getty's mission is first and foremost educational," commented Munitz, "and we are fortunate to have someone of Ken's vision and reputation join our team to help focus our efforts and maximize our educational outreach and impact. The Getty is already making important, ongoing contributions in education--through our museum, grant program, Web site, and a new PBS film. Under Ken's leadership, we will seek new opportunities to support policy discussion, research, and special initiatives to help meet the educational demands of the 21st century."
Robinson and his family have relocated to Los Angeles from their home in England, where he was a tenured professor of arts education at the University of Warwick, as well as a prolific author and acclaimed international speaker. In this new role, Robinson will refine and expand the Getty's domestic and international priorities in the education arena, working with the Getty program directors to formulate goals and priorities that further the Getty's educational mission and undertake new external initiatives and partnerships across the arts, education, and business sectors. Prior to his appointment as senior advisor at the Getty, Robinson served as an international consultant to the Getty.
"I look forward to working with the entire Getty Trust to develop and support new strategies for education, from K-12 through lifelong learning," said Robinson. "In keeping with the Getty's global outlook, we will be seeking opportunities to work locally in Los Angeles, as well as nationally and internationally--not only in arts education, which is crucial to developing creativity and broad cultural understanding, but across the business, arts, and education sectors."
Robinson earned his Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of London for research in drama and theater in education. He has authored numerous books and reports on the arts, education, and business in contemporary society. Publications include Arts Education in Europe, an international study commissioned by the Council of Europe on creative and cultural education in 22 European countries; All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education, the report of a national commission in the UK; and his most recent book, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (Capstone-Wiley 2001).
Robinson's distinguished career also includes service to key government committees and heads of state. He contributed, through the Getty, to former U.S. President Bill Clinton's "Goals 2000" initiative to establish national standards for arts education. In 1998 the joint Secretaries of State of the United Kingdom appointed Robinson chairman of the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education. In 2000, he was invited to work with the Ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembly to develop a strategy for creative and cultural education in Northern Ireland. The resulting strategy, "Unlocking Creativity: Making it Happen," was launched by Robinson and the Ministers in Belfast in June 2001. He served as keynote speaker at Buckingham Palace for the 1999 Royal Society of Arts "President's Forum on Creativity," chaired by the Duke of Edinburgh. As education consultant to the Council of Europe, Robinson authored a report for UNESCO's World Commission on Culture and Development and was director of the Council's European project on "Culture, Creativity and the Young." He also influenced the framing of England's national curriculum as director of The Arts in Schools Project, a national initiative to develop the arts in primary and secondary schools throughout England and Wales.
More than 200 European companies voted Robinson "Speaker of the Year 2000" at a convention hosted by the European organization Speakers for Business. He has chaired and given keynote lectures to senior conferences in Britain, Europe, Australia, Canada, the United States, and Asia.
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