Director Named for New Children’s Museum in Harlem

Director Named for New Children’s Museum in Harlem
Tuesday, December 18, 2012


The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, part of a new Harlem development due to open in 2014 that includes affordable housing, has named a director.

Susan Delvalle, the former director of external affairs and development for El Museo Del Barrio, will assume the post next month, the museum announced on Monday.

The museum was originally to be named after Faith Ringgold, the author and illustrator known for children’s books including “Tar Beach.” Ms. Ringgold pulled out of the project in February because she objected to various aspects of its formation.

The museum, on 155th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, is a project of Broadway Housing Communities, a nonprofit organization that provides low-income housing and support services.

“Susan’s leadership will help us realize the full potential of incorporating a cultural institution into community development that includes housing and education,” said Ellen Baxter, Broadway Housing’s executive director.

Last June, the museum received the top national ArtPlace award, a collaboration of foundations, federal agencies and banks investing in neighborhoods through the arts.

Read the article in the New York Times