Dr. Julián Antonio Carrillo joined the Maxwell as its Curator of Public Programs in 2021. That same year, he earned his PhD in Anthropology from Indiana University Bloomington. From 2018-2020, he was the full-time Program Manager of the statewide "Living Cultures Grant Program" of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in San Francisco, California. In 2018, he was a Visiting Student Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in Washington, DC, where he began writing his dissertation.
Julián is a folklorist and ethnographer with many interests including the folk and traditional arts; foodways; visual anthropology; music, dance, and performance studies; intangible cultural heritage and the circus arts; and "creative aging," or the ways the arts foster well-being in elders. Most importantly, perhaps, he is interested in understanding and participating in the hard work of creating community. As such, he invites everyone to reach out to him with ideas for public programming that can make the Maxwell a true people's museum.
Lastly, Julián has over a decade of experience working with different organizations and diverse populations in the U.S. and Mexico as a researcher, grant writer, grant administrator, and community development consultant. Currently, he is serving on the Advisory Committee of UNM's Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies and is also the Art Program Facilitator at the Peaceful World Foundation.