Lilit Sadoyan is a museum educator, independent curator, and art historian. As Gallery Educator at the Getty Museum since 2008, she facilitates experiences that encourage curiosity, inspire learning, and include diverse perspectives. Her teaching is grounded in an object-based, audience-centered, culturally responsive, dialogical and embodied approach.
Lilit leads the Getty’s initiative to investigate the impact of mindfulness in museums, including hosting a national convening on Mindfulness in the Museum and a Getty Art + Ideas podcast miniseries. She is co-author of Activity-Based Teaching in the Art Museum (2020).
Lilit has also held numerous curatorial positions at The Huntington Art Collections, Art, Design & Architecture Museum, LACMA, and the Getty. Lilit is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she specializes in 18th-century French decorative arts and sculpture, as well as the history of collecting and display.
Prior to commencing her doctoral work, Lilit graduated from the University of Southern California with a dual degree–a BFA in fine arts and a BA in mathematics, with a minor in art history. She received her MA in the history of art from the University of California, Riverside.
Lilit will be speaking at:
Museums, Health & Wellbeing Summit
Monday, 6th February 2023
Art Impact: A Multi-visit Museum Mindfulness Program for Youth
Mindfulness deepens our capacity to connect with artworks, ourselves, and each other. Art Impact, a multi-visit museum education program for teens at the Getty Museum, engendered contemplative experiences that allowed for open, profound engagement with works of art through the integration of mindfulness meditation and art experience. Why are museums and art conducive to mindfulness? What are best practices and promising strategies? How can museums cultivate resilience, community, and calm? This presentation highlights methodology, program development, and logistics, and shares the findings of a formal evaluation conducted to assess the impact that the arts-based mindfulness program had on teen participants.