Lauren Brandt Schloss is the Director of Education at the Queens Museum of Art, which aims to be the nation’s most community engaged museum. The educational courses and experiences Lauren oversees include over 60,000 individual art experiences for residents of Queens and beyond. Highlights from her NYC and national award winning department include: three staff art therapists who work exclusively with people with special needs; the nation’s only museum education program devoted to adult immigrants, featuring long-term studio and digital art coursework taught exclusively in languages other than English; a career training program for teen artists who become employed as museum staff; and a 15-year partnership with a neighborhood school, PS 144, which continually seeks to make the museum’s exhibitions meaningful for all school-age children. She holds a BA in Art History from Princeton University and an MS in Arts Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.
She is part of The 2050 Group, a new group of thought leaders invested in exploring new models for arts integrated learning in our public education system. The mission of the group is school reform that favors learner-centered experiences, where the arts are celebrated, and cultural diversity and inclusiveness are met with pedagogical rigor. The group's activities include a private discussion group, staging public events, and publishing.