Joël Barraquiel Tan ‘04 (Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) has been named the executive director of the New Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, WA. He started his new position on April 15, 2022. He was previously Director of Community Engagement at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Executive Leader for the East Hawaii Cultural Center, Kalani Honua Retreat Center and Touching the Earth. He also helped establish Vibrant Hawai’i in 2018, which formed a collective aimed at increasing equitable opportunities in the state.
He was recently profiled in an article in the “New Wing Luke Museum executive director Joël Barraquiel Tan aims to connect culture, community” in the Seattle Times. To learn what this move from Hawaii to Seattle will mean for Barraquiel Tan and how in his new position he hopes to connect culture & community read the full article here.