Ellen Hirzy is an independent editor and writer for museums, arts and cultural organizations, and other nonprofits. Her work in the museum field focuses on the continuing dialogue about museums’ evolving public role, governance, institutional values, and professional practices. Her strengths include working with groups or as part of large-scale projects to assimilate ideas, communicate them convincingly, and develop cohesive publications about issues and practices.
Projects include annual reports, books, brochures, catalogues, conference and symposium summaries, development and fund-raising materials, education and exhibition materials, periodicals, planning documents, policy and position papers, and professional handbooks. Among her recent publications are Ignite the Power of Art: Advancing Visitor Engagement with Art Museums (with Bonnie Pitman) and Engaging Adolescents: Building Youth Participation in the Arts. Clients have included the Dallas Museum of Art, the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the Smithsonian Institution Office of Development, the National Gallery of Art, BoardSource, Americans for the Arts, and the American Association for Museum Volunteers.
Ellen is the principal writer of two major reports that shaped thinking about museums in America: Museums for a New Century (1984) andExcellence and Equity: Education and the Public Dimension of Museums (1992), both published by the American Association of Museums. She is the lead contributor toMastering Civic Engagement: A Challenge to Museums (AAM, 2002) and coauthor of New Forums: Art Museums and Communities (Pew Charitable Trusts and AAM, 2004). Ellen was editor of Museum News and director of publications at the American Association of Museums for 11 years. She established her editing and writing business in 1986.
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