Judith M. Koke

2016 Educator-in-Residence

Judith M. Koke was the 2016 Educator-in-Residence at the Gardner Museum.

Koke is the Richard and Elizabeth Currie Chief, Public Programming and Learning at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She came to this position from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, where she was the Director of Education and Interpretive Programs. In that capacity she was charged with leading the institutional change required from moving from a place where teaching happened to a platform for learning. 

Prior to working for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Koke was the Deputy Director of Education and Public Programming at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where she developed and implemented a pan-institutional program of visitor research, leading a cultural change to support data-driven, visitor-centered decision making. She has spent many years in visitor research, both internally and as a consultant, and has taught at the University of Toronto, George Washington University, and the University of Colorado. 

Koke has published broadly in the museum field; her most recent publications are Interpretive Planning for Museums: Integrating Visitor Perspectives in Decision Making, and chapters on participatory exhibition development in both Multiculturalism in Art Museums Today, and in the upcoming Visitor-Centered Exhibitions and Edu-Curation in Art Museums.