New Executive Director

New Haven Museum

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For Immediate Release

NEW HAVEN MUSEUM APPOINTS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MAT_Closeup_2Ric Jennings and the New Haven Museum Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky (pictured at right) as the Executive Director of the New Haven Museum. “She comes to us from Queens, New York with the experience and background we have been searching for,” said Jennings. “Margaret Anne assumed the position of executive director on February 1and has wasted no time in familiarizing herself with the New Haven Museum as well as the community.”
“It was a great credit to the New Haven Museum as a cultural institution that the search for a new Executive Director attracted a pool of extraordinarily talented applicants,” said Charles Granquist, Chairman of the Search Committee.  “Of those, Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky stood out for her professionalism, vision, and ability to move the organization forward at an exciting time in the history of the museum. The committee is delighted with the result of the search.”

Ms. Tockarshewsky, who has more than 20 years’ experience working with cultural institutions, holds a graduate degree in historic preservation from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in communications arts from Cornell University. With a broad background that includes development, public relations, marketing, and earned revenue programs, she spent more than 12 years working at Queens Botanical Garden, a 39-acre oasis in Flushing that grew from “Gardens on Parade,” an exhibit at the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair. In recent years she has worked closely with the board and staff as interim director of the Bayside Historical Society, headquarted in the 1887 Officers’ Club at Fort Totten in Queens.

Ms. Tockarshewsky attended the Museum Management Institute of the Getty Leadership Institute and the Attingham Summer School for study of the British country house.  She has also served as a grant reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Queens Council on the Arts.

“I am thrilled to be joining the New Haven Museum during its 150th Anniversary year, and I look forward to working with the board, staff, and volunteers to continue the momentum of the last few months,” said Tockarshewsky. “Together we will explore new ways of connecting the museum’s collections and library with local and regional audiences, and enhancing our role in the community through collaboration and partnership. This is a celebratory time in the Museum’s history, and I am honored to have been chosen to provide leadership as Executive Director.”

Located at 114 Whitney Avenue in New Haven, the New Haven Museum was founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society.

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