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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EASTON, MD-APRIL 20, 2016)

Academy Art Museum Appoints Acting Director of Advancement

The Academy Art Museum has announced the appointment of Damika Baker as the Museum’s Acting Director of Advancement. For the last year, Damika has served as Assistant Director of Development and Membership at the Museum, where she has evaluated and expanded the Museum’s membership offerings.

Damika previously worked on special events and donor relations with the Smithsonian’s Institution-Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD.  A graduate of the University of Maryland-College Park, Damika received her bachelor’s degree in Afro-American Studies. She also completed graduate coursework, specializing in Non-Profit and Association Management. Previously, she has held positions at the Edward H. Nabb Research Center at Salisbury University, Coastal Hospice, Inc., and Adkins Arboretum.

Damika comments, “I look forward to furthering the Museum’s important mission –  to provide the knowledge, practice, and appreciation of the arts and to enhance cultural life on the Eastern Shore by making available to everyone the Museum’s expanding collection, exhibitions, and broad spectrum of arts programs.”

Dennis McFadden, director of the Academy Art Museum, adds, “Damika has brought extensive knowledge about organizational membership, development practices and visitor services and has been invaluable to us over the past year as we have cultivated these areas. In her new role, she will continue to improve the Museum’s accessibility, while expanding our offerings to the community.”

Baker lives in Cambridge with her husband Lance and daughter Bella.