Interested in how arts and cultural institutions are innovating the ways they engage with their communities and contributing to community development initiatives? 

Prerana Reddy from the Queens Museum of Art helped spearhead a unique model of museum-community relations and has used the experience to develop further leadership and career opportunities inside and outside of the museum.  Join us for an informal brown bag lunch to learn more about the cutting edge programs and opportunities in this growing field of arts and social change.  Prerana Reddy has been the Director of Public Events for Queens Museum of Art in New York City for the past six years, where she organizes screenings, talks, festivals, performances, and new commissions and residencies, a third of which are developed in collaboration with diverse local community organizations and cultural producers. She is also in charge of the museum's community engagement initiatives which combine arts and culture with social development goals in nearby neighborhoods predominately comprised of new immigrants, including programs that address language access, healthcare, public space advocacy, and the mortgage crisis. Currently she is overseeing Corona Studio, a series of long-term socially-enagaged artist residencies in the neighborhood where the Musuem is located, which will act as case-studies for the development of a social practice concentration for the MFA program at Queens College.