Cyra Levenson, Director of Education and Academic Affairs at the Cleveland Museum of Art, oversees the interpretation of the collection, ensuring that the museum’s programs foster active, meaningful engagement with art and the surrounding community. Appointed in 2016, she most recently served as Curator of Education and Academic Outreach at the Yale Center for British Art and as Director of the Yale - Smithsonian partnership. Ms. Levenson holds a Master’s degree in Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and brings more than two decades of museum and art education experience to the position. She previously held positions at the Rubin Museum of Art, The Heritage School in East Harlem, and the Seattle Art Museum. She is a lecturer in American Studies at Yale University. Her research interests include creativity and cognition, visual literacy and object based teaching. Publications include, “Seeing, Connecting, Writing: Developing Creativity and Narrative Writing in Children” in Handbook of Writing, “Re-presenting Slavery: Underserved Questions in Museum Collections” in Studies in Art Education and “Haptic Blackness: The Double Life of an 18th-century Bust” in British Art Studies.