Laura Thompson
Laura Thompson has over 20 years experience in arts and museum education. As Director of Exhibitions and Education for the award-winning Kidspace at MASS MoCA since 2002, Thompson has brought about Kidspace's expanded gallery and artist residency program, established educationally appropriate curriculum materials and programs, strengthened the collaboration between the museums and school districts, and curated highly-acclaimed Kidspace exhibitions with world renowned artists such as Devorah Sperber, Long-Bin Chen, Portia Munson, and Tim Rollins. She has designed programs and exhibitions that also address challenging topics such as the impact of war on children's drawings, childhood fears, and most recently gender issues and bullying. Thompson continues to also serve as an education consultant and lecturer at a variety of museums, arts organizations, and universities in the Northeast, and since 2007, is a visiting assistant professor of art history at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. Thompson was formerly Director of Education and Public Programs at several NY history museums, and a faculty member of the Creative Arts Laboratory at Columbia University. She holds a doctorate in Arts Education from Columbia University Teachers College, with a concentration in Museum Studies. Thompson is a painter and has shown her work locally in the Arts Center in Troy, NY and in the Empty Set Gallery in Pittsfield, MA. She commutes to North Adams from her home in Saratoga County, New York, where she lives with her husband Roger and two young sons Jacob and Jesse.
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