Creative Well Fellow
Creative Well Fellow Amber N. Mitchell is passionate about purposeful community-rooted education, exhibitions, and equity-driven access in museum work. A native of Detroit, Michigan and a 2013 graduate of Wayne State University’s History Department, Amber received her graduate degree in Public History from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis in 2017. As an IUPUI student, she worked with the Indiana Historical Society’s exhibitions department and with Indiana Humanities, the state’s humanities council. Other professional experiences include the Detroit Historical Society, the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the National Museum of American History.
In her full time work, Amber is the Assistant Director of Public Engagement at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA, where she leads the public programs and community engagement team in their efforts to create innovative public programs for a variety of audiences, as well as purposeful relationship building within the Greater New Orleans area. She strives to tell the stories of underrepresented peoples in cultural institutions, as well as lowering barriers in order to uplift and support museum workers of color, and by extension, making these institutions more accessible to all people.
Her professional affiliations include the American Association for State and Local History, the National Council on Public History, the Association of African American Museums, and the American Alliance of Museum.
When she’s not working, you can find Amber exploring New Orleans and other cities across the country with her husband, Jason, and dog, Roscoe–having a good meal whenever she can and listening to some great live music.
“We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.”
~John F. Kennedy