“Providing engaging, family-oriented educational opportunities is a vital part of the museum’s mission,” said Executive Director Hassan Najjar. “We’re excited to welcome Joy and look forward to the creative programming she will be developing for visitors of all ages.”
Veenstra earned a master of arts degree in museum studies from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Milligan College in Johnson City. Between degrees, Veenstra served as a children’s librarian assistant at the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library, where she directed the summer reading program.
Most recently, Veenstra served as museum programs associate at the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C. In this role, she designed core exhibits, created and managed the museum’s teacher advisory group and directed the “Witness to History” event series.
“I’m looking forward to working with the staff to create new opportunities for the community to experience the story of the Ocoee Region,” Veenstra said. “The Museum Center at Five Points is an untapped resource, and I’m excited about partnering with other organizations to highlight the history and culture in Cleveland and beyond.”
The museum will soon introduce a new exhibit called “Building Cleveland Up,” which is set to open with a members-only reception on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. It will be open to the public on Oct. 25.
The Museum Center at Five Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through exhibitions and educational programming that promote history, culture and preservation.
The museum store features arts, crafts and books from select artists, craftsmen and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is closed Sundays, Mondays and select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available, and the museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.
For more information, call 423-339-5745 or visit www.museumcenter.org.