August 28, 2018

The J. Paul Getty Museum Announces Appointment of Keishia Gu as Head of Education at the J. Paul Getty Museum

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LOS ANGELES – The J. Paul Getty Museum announced today the appointment of Keishia Gu as head of Education. Ms. Gu brings 20 years of K-12 and university teaching and administrative experience to the role. She will join the Museum’s Education department in early September.

          “We are delighted to welcome Keishia to the Getty Museum,” says Lisa Clements, assistant director, Education, Public Programs and Interpretive Content. “Keishia excels at connecting high-level strategic planning, processes, and partnerships to very individual educational outcomes of access, inquiry, and growth. Her thoughtful approach is a good match for the quality and character of our educational programs, which span kindergarten through University institutional initiatives, teen programs, and on-site education for school groups and visitors.”

          Most recently, Ms. Gu was the Director of Admissions and Enrollment at Geffen Academy at UCLA. She was responsible for recruiting future students, developing and executing outreach strategies, and served as a member of the senior leadership and administrative team.

          Over the course of her career, she has created programs that covered diversity and inclusion strategic planning for the Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs; led a College Partnership Initiative to create a seamless and supportive education pathway for students at KIPP LA Public Schools; and administered school policies related to academic integrity, curriculum, and socioemotional development at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences. As a teacher, she produced culturally relevant curriculum to engage diverse learners through the creation of signature classes utilizing art, hip-hop music, classic literature and philosophy.

          “For 15 years, I have called Los Angeles my home. I could not be more delighted to be joining the Getty Museum,” said Ms. Gu. “The Getty is known for its expansive collection, dedication to research and scholarship, and is a beacon of art and culture in Los Angeles and beyond. I see museums as among the most powerful academic tools--as communicators of culture and history, and I recognize artists as catalysts for social change.”

          At the Museum, Ms. Gu will oversee educational efforts at both the Getty Center and Getty Villa. These include programs for educators and school groups from kindergarten through university. Ms. Gu is a graduate of Georgetown University with a Bachelor’s degree in English, and holds a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University.


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The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades.

The J. Paul Getty Museum collects Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts to 1900, as well as photographs from around the world to the present day. The Museum’s mission is to display and interpret its collections, and present important loan exhibitions and publications for the enjoyment and education of visitors locally and internationally. This is supported by an active program of research, conservation, and public programs that seek to deepen our knowledge of and connection to works of art.

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