Meet & Greet #4: May 1, 2024 (Kennedy Center Archives)

Please join us on May 1, 2024 at 4:00PM EDT for the next in our series of discussions with colleagues in the field. At this meeting we are fortunate to be joined by archivists from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  


Meet and Greet #4

About the Kennedy Center Archives  

The Kennedy Center Archives was established in 2019 to preserve and promote access to the history of the nation's cultural arts center, which opened in 1971 as a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy. The launch of the Archives was part of a broader organizational effort to update and expand the Kennedy Center's institutional storytelling efforts, leading to the creation of a new permanent exhibit "Art and Ideals: President John F. Kennedy" as well as highlighting the Center's history on social media channels and in-person. Join Lead Archivist Sofía Becerra-Licha and Archives Coordinator Hannah Middlebrook for a discussion of how the Archives came to be, some highlights from the stacks, and examples of social media strategies, successes, and lessons learned.   


About the Presenters

Sofía Becerra-Licha is the Lead Archivist at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she was brought on in 2019 to establish and head the Archives department. In her previous role at Berklee College of Music, she similarly established the College's archives and records management program. Sofía holds an MSLS with a concentration in Archives and Records Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an AM in music with a concentration in ethnomusicology from Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and a BA with a double-major in music and Spanish from Agnes Scott College.


Hannah Middlebrook is the Archives Coordinator at the Kennedy Center Archives, where she leads reference services for internal and external users as well as social media and staff outreach. She will receive her Master of Library and Information Science with a focus in Cataloging and Classification from Valdosta State University in July 2024. She also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Consulting with a double major in Art History from Emory University.


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