Ran Yan, the Executive Director of Lewis Latimer House Museum (LLHM), works to engage diverse audiences through inclusive programs rooted in African American inventor, poet, and painter Lewis H. Latimer’s legacy. She builds partnerships with community stakeholders in Flushing, Queens and various organizations in and beyond New York City. In the first 3 years of her tenure as ED, Ran more than doubled the museum's attendance and budget. She has presented her work at panels of New York City Museum Educators Roundtable, the Museum of the City of New York, Visitors Experience Conference, and Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums' Annual Conference. At LLHM, now a New York City Landmark, Latimer’s life story is used as a point of departure from which to examine issues of race, class, immigration and contemporary events. Ran is passionate about arts as a public good as well as racial and gender equities. She served as an Art Producer for the Queens Council on the Arts' 2019 Artist Commissioning
Program and led a Peer Circle Group of visual artists based in Queens, in addition to serving on grant review panels for the New York State Council on the Arts, Humanities New York, and Queens Council on the Arts. Before moving to New York City, Ran studied architecture and preservation at Tongji University in Shanghai, and completed her Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation Planning at Cornell University. She is a Beijing native and calls New York City her home.
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