Today we welcome aboard at Village Preservation Maya Wilson (pronouns: she/her) as our new Programs Associate. Maya has been an intern with Village Preservation since June of 2022, and has collaborated on various research and programming projects during that time. During her tenure as an intern, Maya has developed a new art project for our children’s education program, and helped coordinate outreach and promotion for our public programs. As our Programs Associate, Maya will assist the planning and organization of our public events, help coordinate our educational programs, contribute to our blog Off the Grid, and undertake archival and administrative projects.
Maya hails from western Massachusetts. Before college, Maya served with AmeriCorps as after-school coordinator, where she provided art instruction to students and organized biweekly field trips to the local library with a youth librarian. She graduated from the New School in the Fall of 2021, where she had majored in Interdisciplinary Arts with a concentration in Visual Studies. Through her courses, Maya has developed a strong passion for the aesthetics of urban spaces. For her senior project, Maya wrote about the artist, Mark Bradford, and the ways in which he and artists like him explore the cultural and social structures of cities. During her undergraduate experience, Maya also participated in policy debate and received the Max Adler Award for Leadership in Debate.
Maya has a strong appreciation for the ways in which arts, culture, and history have the power to tell critical narratives about our society, both past and future. Previously, Maya worked for the Morgan Library and Museum as a visitor services assistant and as a transcriber of historical letters from the inaugural librarian.
Maya is excited to continue learning more about the vibrant legacy of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo, to share her own knowledge, and to cultivate relationships with the residents who further that history every day. Maya is thrilled to officially join our full-time staff and continue her journey at Village Preservation. Welcome aboard, Maya!