Dr. Julián Antonio Carrillo joins the Maxwell as its Curator of Education & Public Programs. In 2021, he earned his PhD in Anthropology from Indiana University Bloomington. From 2018-2020, he was a full-time Program Manager of the statewide "Living Cultures Grants 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.