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Mariana Sheppard

Associate Director of Public Programs, Contemporary Arts Centre, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Mariana Sheppard is the associate director of education and public programs at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. Prior to her appointment at the Contemporary Arts Center, Mariana worked at Scholastic Inc.-the largest children's publishing company-and spearheaded the company's philanthropic efforts both domestically and globally. During her tenure there, she was responsible for implementing national literacy initiatives with a focus on empowering underserved communities through arts development. Mariana received her B.A. from Louisiana State University and her M.A. from Columbia University, where she studied under the direction of curator and MacArthur Fellow, Dr. Kellie Jones.