From staff reports
The Woody Guthrie Center has announced lifelong Tulsa and Oklahoman resident Cady Shaw as its new director following a nationwide search.
As a historian and museum professional, Shaw brings more than 15 years of experience to the Tulsa Arts District. In her previous positions with the Choctaw and Cherokee nations, she curated exhibitions for the Municipal Library of Versailles in Paris, France; the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC; the Choctaw Cultural Center; and various locations throughout Oklahoma, California and Texas.
“I am honored to join the staff of the Woody Guthrie Center and the American Song Archives,” Shaw said. “As a folk music historian and fan, I am thrilled to have this opportunity to help preserve and promote Woody Guthrie and his living legacy.”
“We are thrilled to have Cady join us,” said Steve Higgins, executive director of American Song Archives, which oversees the Woody Guthrie Center and the Bob Dylan Center. “We look forward to a prosperous future for the center and support its vision for this important role. »
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As director of the Woody Guthrie Center, Shaw will present major exhibits, plan events and programs, and provide day-to-day supervision of the center among a long list of other responsibilities.
Shaw holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tulsa.
The Woody Guthrie Center, which opened in 2013, is dedicated to spreading Guthrie’s message of diversity, equality and justice to a new generation who can create their own ripples of change. The center honors the life and legacy of Guthrie by educating visitors, teachers, students, and scholars about his relevance today and his significant role in American history through on-site programs, classroom materials, youth music programs, artist-in-residence programs, school outreach, internships, scholarship opportunities, and the Woody Guthrie Archive.