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Cathleen Wiggins

Program Director, Leadership In The Arts

Academic Interests

Cultural diversity and the arts, Diversity training, Early childhood and elementary education, Museum education, Retention and induction, Teacher recruitment

Some of the Values that Shape My Work

I have been deeply touched by the inequality that exists in our society and have been compelled to respond to it as best I can. Teaching and leadership are relational endeavors and as such, knowledge of oneself, developmental theories and best practice are the foundations of our work. I believe that the work involved in becoming and sustaining a meaningful life as an educator is multifaceted. We must strive to be well educated, empathetic, and driven by a desire to improve our society. I have experienced moments of great joy and satisfaction as an educator, and it is this passion and pleasure that I hope to engender in the students I encounter. Joy in one another, in the wonder of the natural and imagined world, in the transcendence of art and action. These are the beliefs and values that guide my work and influence the projects I undertake and design.

Work with Families, Children, Schools, and Communities

Recent Professional Contributions

  • Fieldwork advisement to students in Leadership in Technology and the Arts program and in the Museum Education program
  • Board member, Find Your Voice
  • Member, National Art Education Association
  • Member, American Association of Museums
  • Member, New York Museum Educators Roundtable
  • Lead Consultant, Cool Culture’s Literacy Through Culture Program
  • Facilitator, New York Public Library, Building Community Partnerships 2012
  • Museum Start-Up Advisor, Broadway Housing Communities’ Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling
  • Member of Internal College Committees: Faculty Advisory Committee, Staff Council, Thomases Award Committee, Search Committee for Director of Leadership in Museum Education, Facilitator, Educational Leadership Department Retreat 2011

Educational Background

  • M.S.Ed., Early Elementary and Childhood Education, Bank Street College of Education
  • B.A., Drama Studies, State University of New York, Purchase

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Palley, B., & Wiggins, C. (2012). Partnerships for early childhood art education: Lessons learned from Cool Culture’s Literacy Through Culture Program. Conference Presentation, National Convention. The National Art Education Association, New York, NY.

  • Palley, B., & Wiggins, C. (2011). Partnering for change: Making museums accessible for all families. Poster session presentation, Annual Conference. American Association of Museums, Houston, TX.

  • Palley, B., & Wiggins, C. (2011). Engaging parents as partners in early education in the arts. Seminar session presentation, Continuing the Conversation Conference. Harvard University Graduate School of Education Arts in Education.

Contact me:

(212) 875-4529
610 West 112Th Street,
New York, NY 10025