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Asuka Hisa

Los Angeles, CA

I am the Director of Learning and Engagement at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA). I curate programs and special projects with artists for museum and community audiences. I want to see  museums continue to present examples of human achievement but also be places that practice extraordinary connectivity, uphold values of social justness, and promote a common good.

Prior to ICA LA, I was the Director of Education and Public Programs for the Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2000-2017; Arts Commissioner for the City of Santa Monica from 2007-201; and was part of the city’s Art and the Urban Fabric Committee from 2014-2015 which was an advocacy committee for affordable housing and support for artists. I was Board President of the Museum Educators of Southern California (MESC) from 2009-2011. In 2003, I somehow received the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the Ministry of Culture of France. I am a proud board member of Automata—an organization of experimental puppetry, film, music, and performance.