David Bowles is an informal learning specialist with a record of effective team leadership, a passion for empowering museum visitors, and a knack for generating high-impact and inclusive experiences.
In his current role as Gallery Educator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, he and his team conduct scholarly research in preparation for leading gallery conversations, lectures, tours, courses, and innovative educational programs for current and emerging audiences. David helps supervise all aspects of docent teaching in the galleries, supporting rigorous training modules for new docent trainees and contributing to ongoing continuing education through regular observations, guidance and mentorship.
Prior to this, he led K-12 School Programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. He has presented at major conferences such as AAM, NAEA, and NYCMER, and has served as an IMLS peer reviewer for the Museums for America Grant Program, as well as a board member for NYCMER and NAEA, which publishes the Journal of Museum Education, the only American journal devoted to the theory and practice of museum education. David has an M.S.Ed from Bank Street College and a B.A. with Honours from McGill University.
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