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Jessica Kay Ruhle

Jessica Kay Ruhle is the Director of Education and Public Programs at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. She established and directs Reflections: The Nasher Museum’s Alzheimer’s Project. This program provides engaging and interactive museum tours to visitors who live with memory loss and their care partners. Tours are discussion-based and include art-making, as well as live music. In June 2017, Jessica organized and hosted the 2017 Dementia & Museums Symposium, an international gathering of museum professionals working with visitors with dementia.

Jessica is interested in exploring how mobile brain imaging can provide insight into the museum experience of visitors with dementia and how that information can improve education practices.

Before arriving at the Nasher Museum, Jessica worked in the museum education at institutions including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the NC Museum of Art. In 2014, Ruhle was awarded Museum Educator of the Year by the North Carolina Art Education Association.

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