Director of Community Partnerships, Saint Louis Art Museum
Renée Franklin believes that the arts have the power to transcend differences, and she gains inspiration from creating points of entry for diverse communities. As director of community partnerships at the Saint Louis Art Museum, Franklin is responsible for building bridges to engage targeted audiences both within the Museum and beyond its walls. Since joining the Museum in 1998, Franklin has coordinated the Friends of African American Art Collectors Circle, supervised the Romare Bearden Minority Graduate Fellowship, and written a regular art education column for the St. Louis American newspaper. Prior to her current position, she was the director of school and teacher programs at the Saint Louis Art Museum.
Franklin holds a master's degree in education from Webster University and an undergraduate degree in marketing and business administration from Towson University.
She is a founding member of the National Alliance of African and African American Art Support Groups, and serves as co-president of Missouri-Senegal Sister Cities Committee, which recently received an African Urban Poverty Alleviation Program grant. She is currently enrolled in the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis's TIGER Program, and is a graduate of the CAT Institute where she now serves as a faculty member. Franklin is a recipient of the Visionary Award for Outstanding Arts Professional.
Before joining the Saint Louis Art Museum, Franklin served as director of education and public programs for Worldways Children's Museum of St. Louis and worked as a marketing representative for several Fortune 100 companies.