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Carissa DiCindio, Assistant Professor, Art and Visual Culture Education

Carissa DiCindio’s research, teaching, and service have foundations in the field of art museum education, specifically focusing on museum-community partnerships, underrepresented museum audiences, university art museums, and accessible programming. She collaborates on programs and projects with museums and community organizations in Tucson, including the University of Arizona Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, and ArtWorks, an outreach program that promotes community and arts interactions between adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and University of Arizona students. Her publications include Engaging Communities Through Civic Engagement in Art Museum Education (IGI Global), co-edited with Bryna Bobick in 2020.

DiCindio is the former president of the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries (2016-2017). In 2011, she was awarded the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Southeastern Art Museum Educator Award, and in 2020, she received the Kathy Connors Teaching Award from the Women’s Caucus of NAEA. She is selected to be the Pacific regional director for the Higher Education Division of the NAEA later in 2021. 

Prior to her position at the University of Arizona, DiCindio was the Curator of Education at the Georgia Museum of Art where she worked for 14 years. As a member of the graduate faculty, she taught courses in art museum education at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia. 

DiCindio holds a B.F.A. in studio art with a concentration in painting from Kutztown University, and an M.A. in art history and a Ph.D. in art education (awarded with distinction) from the University of Georgia.


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