Press RoomPhoenix Art Museum appoints its first MAC Curator of Engagement

Phoenix Art Museum appoints its first MAC Curator of Engagement

Mar, 06, 2023

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Phoenix Art Museum appoints its first MAC Curator of Engagement

Giovana Aviles will drive dynamic initiatives and programs designed to engage new and existing audiences

PHOENIX (March 6, 2023) – Phoenix Art Museum has selected Giovana Aviles to serve as the Museum’s inaugural Men’s Arts Council (MAC) Curator of Engagement. The position is endowed by the Men’s Arts Council, a non-profit member organization of Valley philanthropists dedicated to supporting the Museum’s community-outreach programs through annual giving. Aviles officially begins in the role today, March 6, 2023.

“We are thrilled to welcome Giovana Aviles to the education and engagement team at Phoenix Art Museum,” said Jeremy Mikolajczak, the Museum’s Sybil Harrington Director and CEO. “Giovana has the passion, creativity, and innovative mindset to not only build engagement through our current programming roster but expand our efforts to connect with our community in authentic and meaningful ways. We are deeply grateful to the Men’s Arts Council for their support of this new position, which will help ensure the Museum’s service to our community remains at the forefront of our efforts now and into the future.”

As the Museum’s MAC Curator of Engagement, Aviles will lead dynamic and non-traditional projects and programs designed to engage wider Valley audiences, including PhxArt AfterHours, artist celebrations, film programming, small-group culinary and cocktail experiences, and Amplified, the Museum’s live-music and visual-art weekend festival. She will also develop new community-wide programs designed to deepen engagement with the Museum and historically marginalized populations, as part of the institution’s larger diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion initiatives. Her portfolio of responsibilities additionally includes working in collaboration with the assistant curator of contemporary and community art initiatives to curate the Museum’s community-art exhibition space; oversight of special engagement initiatives, including public mural projects; and participation in local and national panels and conferences as a PhxArt representative.

Aviles comes to PhxArt from CALA Alliance, where she served as the community engagement and education manager since 2017. Prior to her time at CALA, she served as the First Friday program coordinator at PhxArt and the project manager of the Palo Bloom Festival. She has also worked with Valley institutions such as the ASU Art Museum, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She will bring this extensive experience working in the arts and culture sector, with a particular emphasis on fostering inclusivity and accessibility, to the role of MAC Curator of Engagement, the first of its kind at PhxArt.

“Our goal in supporting this vital position within the Museum is to help the community engage with PhxArt on a multitude on new levels,” said Joel Coen, president of the Men’s Arts Council. “Giovana clearly has the talent and capabilities to help this vision become a reality. Our group continues to be excited about the future of the Museum.”

“I am delighted to have been chosen as the inaugural Men’s Arts Council (MAC) Curator of Engagement at Phoenix Art Museum,” said Aviles. “I am thrilled to lead exciting initiatives such as PhxArt AfterHours and Amplified, while actively promoting and supporting local artists, engaging audiences, and advocating for inclusivity and accessibility in the arts.”

Aviles is the newest addition to the Museum’s education and engagement team, which is led by Paul Rogers, PhD, the Gerry Grout Director of Education and Engagement, and includes Tiffany Lippincott, curator of education; Jesse Lopez, librarian; Peyton Trvdy, project archivist; Dawn Berg, program specialist; Jessica Jacobson, education outreach manager; and Carolyn Van Horn, school programs assistant.

For more information, contact the Museum’s Communications Office at or 602.257.2105.

About Phoenix Art Museum
Since 1959, Phoenix Art Museum has provided millions of guests with access to world-class art and experiences in an effort to ignite imaginations, create meaningful connections, and serve as a brave space for all people who wish to experience the transformative power of art. Located in Phoenix’s Central Corridor, the Museum is a vibrant destination for the visual arts and the largest art museum in the southwestern United States. Each year, more than 300,000 guests engage with critically acclaimed national and international exhibitions and the Museum’s collection of more than 19,000 works of American and Western American, Asian, European, Latin American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design. The Museum also presents a comprehensive film program, live performances, and educational programs designed for visitors of all ages, along with vibrant photography exhibitions made possible through the Museum’s landmark partnership with the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. To learn more about Phoenix Art Museum, visit, or call 602.257.1880.

About the Men’s Arts Council
The Men’s Arts Council (MAC) of Phoenix Art Museum, founded in January 1967, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports the Museum’s programs and activities through unique events such as the Copperstate Overland. The Men’s Arts Council’s efforts enable the organization to make annual contributions to Phoenix Art Museum’s operating budget and financially sponsor exhibitions. For more information, visit

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