Coordinator of School & Community Programs, LSU Museum of Art
in Baton Rouge
Lucy Perera was born and raised in Boston proper. She spent 4 harrowing years at an all girl’s boarding school in Connecticut where after failing academically she found her passion in art history through a remarkable teacher, Alice DeLana. During her turbulent teen years she spent most of her free time attending hardcore punk rock concerts, dying, shaving or gluing her hair and sneaking out of school to go to NYC or Boston. After graduating from Boston University in Art History she rented an apartment with her college boyfriend and taught nursery school and afterschool in a Boston suburb. In 1993 she moved West to Aspen to get over her boyfriend, and live by herself. She adopted a troublesome a dog, spent her days teaching Montessori, skiing & hiking. She met her future husband and lived in a yurt, cooking on a camp stove and spending weekends in the canyons of Utah. After a year they moved to Rhode Island, got married on a Cape Cod hill and then headed to Denver for her Master’s Degree in Art History/Museum Studies. After endless internships in museums, they settled in Taos, NM where Lucy spent the next 14 years developing creative fun education programs for all ages at the Harwood Museum, where she worked surrounded by her best friends. During this time she gave natural birth to 2 wonderful children, had numerous pets including a horse, and lived a blissful life until her marriage crumbled. Getting frustrated with the Taos lifestyle she did a 180 and applied for a job in Baton Rouge having never stepped foot in the South. Deciding that it was worth a change Lucy moved with her daughter and son to take on a new job as a single mom in a place where she knew no one. Work is Lucy’s passion, at LSU MOA her goal is to make art interesting to new audiences through creative programming. Art to Lucy is source of endless inspiration and in her middle age she doesn’t care how crazy people thinks she is, in-fact she finds this helpful when starting new initiatives. Three programs she is most proud of establishing in Baton Rouge at LSUMOA are ArtWorks, Neighborhood Arts Project and LINE4LINE. After 20 years in Museum Education Lucy finds more and more of her work taking place outside the Museum walls. Lucy’s dream in life is that her children are happy and healthy, that one day she may find true love, and to get another horse, preferable a Percheron cross from Angola.
20/20 Vision: How Every Picture Tells A Story
BY LUCY PERERA
@ VOL 4
ON MAR 31, 2017
As a creative thinker and doer, Lucy Perera's life in museum education has provided a platform to weave her love for museums, art, history and teaching with a desire to change the world around her. Listen as she disscusses her work delight in designing programs that reframe learning and provide pathways to make art accessible to new audiences.