Renee Brummell Franklin, Director of Audience Development at the Saint Louis Art Museum, has led the Museum’s efforts to initiate and cultivate sustainable relationships with diverse audiences to encourage participation in the Museum and beyond its walls. Franklin’s many successful Museum initiatives include creating the Friends of African American Art Collectors Circle, developing a Master Teacher Summer Internship Program, an Art With Us Youth Residency Program and a high school Teen Assistant Program. The Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellowship has become a national model to increase under-represented professionals working in Museums under her leadership.
Franklin volunteers on several boards and committees including the World Trade Center St. Louis, African Heritage Association and Hope House Transitional Housing. She is a founding member and currently serves as President of the National Alliance of African American Art Support Groups and was recently named the Missouri State Coordinator for Sister Cities International. She is a regular presenter on topics of cultural inclusion at national and international conferences and writes a regular art education column for the St. Louis American newspaper. Franklin serves on the faculty of the Community Artists in Training Institute for the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. She has received numerous awards and commendations including the Grand Center Visionary Award for Outstanding Arts Professional and was the recipient of the Bill and Melinda Gates African Urban Poverty Alleviation Program grant.
Franklin holds an MBA and a Master’s in Education from Webster University and BS in marketing and business administration from Towson University.