Ella Sharp Museum announces new Executive Director

Jackson, Mich. Monday, September 27, 2021

The Ella Sharp Museum Board of Trustees is pleased to appoint Julie Johnson as the new Executive Director of the Ella Sharp Museum.

Julie will oversee the non-profit organization which includes the Merriman-Sharp Hillside Farm, the Mildred I. Hadwin Center for Art and History and the Peter F. Hurst Planetarium.

Julie comes to Ella with extensive museum and non-profit experience. Most recently, she was director of museums at the Midland Center for the Arts. She has also served as President of the International Museum of Art & Sciences in McAllen, Texas, Vice President of Education and Engagement at Michigan Science Center, Executive Director of the Detroit Children’s Museum, Associate Director of the Detroit Science Center, Associate Director of Informal Education at the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum in Chicago and Educational Projects Specialist at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Although her focus is always on curating exceptional client experiences, Julie joins the museum with a wealth of knowledge in organizational effectiveness, public relations, educational programs, grant writing, exhibition design, and non-profit management.

“I am extremely grateful and thrilled to have the opportunity to join a dedicated Board of Trustees and lead the incredible team at the Ella Sharp Museum. I look forward to meeting community leaders, educators and families from Jackson and surrounding communities as we envision a museum that tells the stories of the people of Jackson County, ”Johnson said.

The Ella Board of Directors is excited about this new chapter in the life of the museum and convinced that Julie has the experience and the vision to carry out our mission to provide everyone with opportunities to explore, engage and enjoy history and the arts.

Julie will join the Ella Sharp Museum in October 2021.

About the Ella Sharp Museum

The Ella Sharp Museum, a 501 (c) (3), was founded in 1965 and offers programs, exhibits and experiences that preserve the history of the community, advance the appreciation of art and connect children to astronomy. Our 6-acre campus includes the Hadwin Center with exhibition galleries, program spaces, rental facilities and offices; Merriman Sharp Farm, a one-room school, log cabin, barn and the Hurst Planetarium. Our mission is focused on providing opportunities to connect our community with history and the arts. Additional information about the Ella Sharp Museum is available at www.ellasharpmuseum.org.

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