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Today, Amy Sadao, Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) announced the appointment of James E. Britt Jr. as the museum’s new Director of Public Engagement. Britt comes to Philadelphia from Chicago, where he oversaw the development and implementation of partnerships and engagement opportunities with students and local organizations as the Director of Multicultural Affairs at the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago and as Associate Director of Community Service at the University of Chicago respectively. Britt will join the ICA in August 2018.
As ICA’s Director of Public Engagement, Britt will work collaboratively alongside ICA Director Amy Sadao and the curatorial department to further integrate ICA’s curatorial program within the curriculum of the University of Pennsylvania’s twelve schools and continue to strengthen and build new partnerships with civic, educational, and cultural institutions throughout the city. As part of ICA’s commitment to engaging wider audiences, Britt will also oversee a range of public outreach programs such as lectures, workshops, and tours, among other educational and family- oriented events, and will lead efforts at improving the overall visitor experience at the museum for UPENN students and beyond.