Marilyn JS Goodman is an arts and museum education specialist with over 25 years of professional experience in the United States, Europe, Latin and South America.
As the first Director of Education for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from 1995 – 2000, Goodman was responsible for the launch of extensive educational initiatives including the establishment of new departments both in New York City and at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain. At the Guggenheim, she developed and had oversight of all Museum exhibition- and non-exhibition-related educational programs and materials for schools, families, students, educators, scholars and the general public,
Even before her tenure at the Guggenheim, Goodman served as a longtime curriculum and evaluation consultant to Learning Through Art/The Guggenheim Museum Children’s Program (LTA) and Learning to Read Through the Arts, Inc. Founded by the late Natalie Lieberman, both award-winning programs sought to enhance the learning and communication skills of New York City elementary school children while exposing them to art. While at the Museum, Goodman curated A Year With Children, the Museum’s annual exhibition of art works and writings by participating LTA students, and she expanded LTA outreach programs to include international arts-in-education partnerships with sites in Mexico, Ecuador, Austria, Germany and Italy.
Prior to her appointment at the Guggenheim, Goodman was the Founding Executive Director of the first Children’s Museum of Cincinnati, which opened in 1994. There, she developed the museum’s unique identity and formulated the core exhibitions and educational programs in support of the nationwide Goals 2000 initiative. Previously, she served as Director for Programs and Education at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and Director of the Philadelphia Art Alliance, an historic multidisciplinary arts institution on Rittenhouse Square.
Goodman taught museum education for several years on the graduate faculty of the art department of City College of the City University of New York. She was an adjunct professor at Moore College of Art & Design,and taught at several other institutions including the Boston Architectural Center, and Rutgers University, where she focused on helping K - 12 teachers integrate the arts into their regular classroom curricula. In addition, Goodman formerly administrated the Clark University School at the Worcester Art Museum, and was Director of Art for the Worcester, Massachusetts Public Schools, and Supervisor of Youth Programs at the Worcester Art Museum.
A long-standing member of the Association of International Critics of Art, Goodman has been a contributing writer for various publications in the United States and abroad. Recent articles have appeared in the Revista de Museologia, (Madrid, Spain), commissioned as part of the prestigious Foro BSCH (Banco Santander Central Hispano); EducAccion, an education supplement to El Comercio, the largest newspaper in Quito, Ecuador; and books such as Bambini Fotografi, published by Motta Editore, S.P.A., (Milan, Italy).
Goodman continues to lecture nationally and abroad on topics related to museum and arts education. In 1999, she organized and spoke as part of a 12-week professional museology seminar developed by the Guggenheim Museum for El Fondo Nacional de las Artes and Fundacion PROA in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Other international lectures have been presented at the International Children’s Festival at the Kunstmuseum in Berlin, Germany; Centro Gallego des Artes Contemporaneo in Santiago di Compostela, Spain; the Osterreischer Kultur Service in Vienna, Austria; and at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, also in Buenos Aires. In 1997, Goodman had the distinction of being the sole museum educator invited to address the ARCO International Art Fair in Madrid.
Marilyn Goodman has also served as a panelist for the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts state arts councils, as well as a grant reviewer and assessor for the Institute of Museum Services. She has participated as a member of the EdComm board of the American Association of Museums, and as the eastern regional museum representative to the National Art Education Association.
A native of New York City, Goodman received her doctoral degree in instructional leadership from the University of Massachusetts. She holds two masters degrees in fine arts and psychology, and a bachelor of fine arts degree from Hunter College, C.U.N.Y.
Marilyn JS Goodman now serves as an Arts & Museum Education Consultant, approved by and listed with the Museum Association of New York State. Some of her recent projects include strategic planning and exhibitions development for a new arts and science museum in Panama, R.P.; teaching methodology workshops for the faculty of the School of Architecture at a private South American university; leading training workshops for classroom teachers and teaching artists in Ecuador, focused on integrating the arts with language arts; and serving
as the lead content advisor for a children’s art-themed TV series currently under development by Thirteen/WNET (New York) and Three Chicks Productions (Seattle, WA).