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Noel Bella Merriam

Noël “Bella” Merriam | September Mentor

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Each month, a different NAEA member is the guest writer for the NAEA Monthly Mentor blog. September’s Monthly Mentor is Noël “Bella” Merriam, AT&T Director of Education, Diversity and Inclusion at the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Museum Commissioner for the NAEA ED&I Commission. She is a member of the Smithsonian Latino Center’s Education Planning Team and a 2019 graduate of NAEA’s School for Art Leaders.

Merriam has over two decades of museum and art education experience, including two years as the artist-in-residence at the Dallas Museum of Art. Prior to joining the Education team at the San Antonio Museum of Art, she worked as a multi-disciplinary artist-in-residence for numerous schools and arts organizations including the Texas Commission on the Arts, Young Audiences, and ARTS San Antonio, leading workshops across Texas for PreK-12 students in studio art, poetry and creative drama. She has taught studio art, art history, and art appreciation classes as adjunct faculty for Our Lady of the Lake University, Alamo Colleges, and the Art Institute of San Antonio. Merriam has dedicated her arts education career to creating equitable learning spaces and providing creative agency for students from diverse backgrounds who are historically underserved.

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