The Department of History is proud to welcome Meri Rose Ekberg as the new Assistant Director for the UW-Madison Public History Project! The Public History Project is a multi-year effort to uncover and give voice to those who experienced, challenged and overcame prejudice on campus. Meri Rose joins the Project team with years of experience as an arts administrator working in the Madison community.
Meri Rose has spent her career working with visual and performing artists, curators, public historians, civic and community leaders to create inspirational and engaging content for diverse audiences and provide marginalized communities with access to the arts. Most recently, she co-administered the City of Madison’s Downtown Street Art & Mural Project, a large time-sensitive exhibition occurring in conjunction with the George Floyd Protests. She has also held position at Overture Center for the Arts and the City of Madison.
“We are so excited to welcome Meri Rose to the Project team. She brings a depth of knowledge and experience that will be indispensable as we move into producing and exhibiting the Project’s research,” said Kacie Lucchini Butcher, the Public History Project Director.
Meri Rose will take the lead on organizing events and community engagement opportunities as well as assisting in the curation and development of the physical and digital exhibit materials as well as curricular materials. Meri Rose holds Masters degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters degree in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.