Arts Program Director, University of Maryland University College
Eric Key is the director of the UMUC Arts Program and has more than two decades of distinguished experience in museum administration and exhibition development. In his most recent position as executive director of the Kansas African American Museum, he raised the museum’s visibility and viability as a regional arts and cultural heritage center, expanding its focus beyond that of a historical archive to incorporate a vibrant visual arts collection. Under his leadership, the organization’s annual operating budget grew from $32,000 to $450,000. He also strengthened the museum’s educational programs and initiated plans to build a new state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Witchita’s museum district.
Prior to joining the Kansas African American Museum, Mr. Key held positions at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters; Prairie View A&M University; and the African American Museum, Dallas, Texas, among others.
Mr. Key graduated from Hampton University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in museum studies.