Director of Education and Curator of Public Practice, Walker Art Center
Sarah Schultz is an independent curator, educator, programmer, and public engagement consultant. She was with the Walker Art Center for more than 22 years, serving as the Director of Education and Curator of Public Practice. Ms. Schultz lead the team that created the Walker’s Open Field, a four-year series of summer-long experiments in how museums can engage the public in new ways. Inspired by models of the commons, crowd-sourcing, collective action, and new forms of socially-engaged art practice, Open Field opened the museum to the public and artists together by using four acres of adjacent green space to create an alternative public park—a type of cultural commons with social interaction and creative participation as its guiding philosophies. Ms. Schultz has been involved in other major civic projects including the Walker’s 2005 expansion, the Next Generation of Parks, a reimagining of parkland for the Twin Cities, and the Hennepin Avenue Cultural Corridor. She is on the Board of Directors for Public Art St. Paul and Machine Project, an experimental art space in Los Angeles. She holds a Masters in Art History from the University of Minnesota and a Masters in Business Administration from SUNY Binghamton.