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#1 Oct-02-2019 06:55:am

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Lenape named Director of Pequot Museum

https://www.thewesterlysun.com/news/nor … 7025c.html

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe has announced its appointment of Joe Baker as the new executive director of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center.  He started work Tuesday and succeeds Donna Capoverde, a longtime employee of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation who had served as interim executive director since December 2017.

Rodney Butler, Tribal Council chairman, said that Baker, whose people are the Lenape, is "a Native American artist with deep commitment to his heritage and the larger world of indigenous cultural expression." He comes to Mashantucket from the Palos Verdes Art Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, where he served as executive director for the last six years. He was credited with expanding the institution’s audiences throughout the greater Los Angeles area through contemporary art exhibitions in partnerships with the University of California at Santa Barbara, the Scripps Research Institute, and the Salk Institute.

Baker co-founded and serves as executive director of the Lenape Center Ltd. in New York City, promoting the Lenape language and the development of Lenape arts and culture. Baker also previously worked with the Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans, and as curator of Fine Arts at the Heard Museum in Phoenix.

Baker holds arts degrees from the University of Tulsa and completed the management development program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. The tribe said the search committee was chaired by Cynthia Hayward, director of human resources.

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