Sandra Jackson-Dumont is the Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art— the largest museum in the western hemisphere. Jackson-Dumont is responsible for the vision and management of education, public programs, the live arts/performance, audience development and academic programs. Her work encompasses a wide range of experiences designed for a diverse cross-section of audiences.
She was formerly the Deputy Director for Education + Public Programs and Adjunct Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). She had strategic oversight of programming at SAM’s three sites—Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park. Prior to her appointment at SAM, Jackson-Dumont worked at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Whitney Museum of American Art among other cultural organizations.
Known for her ability to blur the lines between academia, popular culture and non-traditional art-going communities, Jackson-Dumont is invested in curating experiences that foster dynamic exchanges between art/artists, past/present, public/private and people/places. She has organized numerous exhibitions, lectures, performances, symposia and education initiatives and she has contributed essays to a host of publications and worked with numerous artists.
Past projects have included: Sondra Perry: Eclogue for [in]HABITABILITY in 2017; Brenna Youngblood: Abstracted Realities in 2015/16; LaToya Ruby Frazier: Born By a River in 2014; machupicchu afterdark, a site specific installation by contemporary Afro- Peruvian artist William Cordova in 2013/14; We Will Blow the Roof Off The Mother, a site-specific installation for the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park in 2013; Theaster Gates: The Listening Room in 2011; Record Store, a roving social practice project initially installed in an urban store front in partnership with Olson Kundig Architects featuring listening parties hosted by a wide cross-section of artists, curators, community/public figures, cultural producers and others in 2011/12; Xenobia Bailey: the aesthetics of funk an exhibition at the Northwest African American Museum in 2011; Titus Kaphar: History in the Making in 2009.
Jackson-Dumont currently serves on the boards of Seattle’s Friends of the Waterfront Project, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs’ Advisory Commission and Cultural Plan Citizens Advisory Committee, and the Friends of the High Line.
She is the recipient of several awards and honors, including: the 2012 Community Leader of the Year Finalist for the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce; a 2012 Women of Color Empowered Award; the 2013 Creative Leadership Award from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation; the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award from Sonoma State University; and the 2016 Medal for Distinguished Service from Columbia University’s Teachers College. She was included in Seattle Magazine’s Most Influential People 2010, The Smartest People in Seattle’s Politics 2013, and the Twenty-five Influential Black Women in Business for The Network Journal 2015. She is also an independent curator/writer and programming consultant working across communities, disciplines and sectors. She received her B.A. in art history from Sonoma State University in California and her M.A. in art history from Howard University in Washington, D.C.