Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation appoints
Joe Baker as Executive Director of the Pequot Museum
Please join us for a Meet & Greet with Joe Baker
on October 19 at 5:00 pm as part of the welcome reception
for our DAWNLAND film screening event.
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The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation appointed Joe Baker as the new Executive Director of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center on October 1, 2019.
"We are pleased that Joe will lead the Museum and Research Center's transition into a new phase," said Rodney Butler, Tribal Council Chairman. "Joe has invigorated cultural organizations through innovative program development, skillful management, and effective fundraising. He is a Native American artist with deep commitment to his heritage and the larger world of indigenous cultural expression."
"I am overjoyed to join the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, the premiere Native culture and research facility in the United States," Baker says. "I am especially excited to embrace the challenges of this museum, which is managed by and for Native people. The Pequot are closely linked to my own people, the Lenape, being the first Native populations to experience contact with Europe and all that followed."
Baker comes to Mashantucket from the Palos Verdes Art Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, California where he has served as Executive Director for the last six years. During that time, he raised the institution's profile dramatically from a local concern to a museum drawing attention and 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, among other entities.
He co-founded and serves as Executive Director of the Lenape Center Ltd. in New York City, promoting the Lenape language and the creation, development, distribution and exhibition of Lenape arts and culture. Joe also previously served as Executive Director of Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans. An example of his innovative programming there was a partnership with Xavier University to commission and present a new opera set in 1961 New Orleans as the Freedom Riders were scheduled to arrive. He also served the City of Phoenix's Arts and Culture Office as Director of Arts in Education before working as Outreach Manager and then Curator of Fine Arts at the Heard Museum.
Baker holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Tulsa in Painting and Drawing, A Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Tulsa in Design, and he completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.