Graduate Studies in Art & Design Education

Marni Leikin / Program Director

Marni Leikin

Marni Leikin is interested in how Art & Design Education can achieve positive effects on the lives of students and their expanded communities, and ultimately help change the world. Her specific areas of focus are on teaching contemporary practice, teaching expressive meaning making, teaching social justice and civic engagement through art making and art teaching, reflective teaching practice, and building strong professional teaching communities to support, grow and inform teaching praxis. 

Marni holds an an MFA in Inter-Media Sculpture Installation from Montana State University, an undergraduate visual art degree from the Ontario College of Art and Design, and PK-12 Visual Art teaching certification from the District of Columbia, the state of Maryland, and provisional licensure from the State of Vermont. She has 16 years teaching experience, in public, private, and international schools, and at community colleges and art colleges in studio art and art education.  

While the Interim Visual Arts Content Manager for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), Marni designed professional development opportunities for teachers, built a collaborative effort to write and finalize a comprehensive curriculum, and worked on policy issues involving equity, access, facilities, and state requirements for DCPS students and families.

Her own visual artwork, which includes installation, video, sound, performance, and sculpture, delves into storytelling, memory, interactive involvement, viewer interpretation, and the power of multiple senses. She joins VCFA as the Program Director of Graduate Studies in Art & Design Education, and joins the MAT faculty as Fieldwork and Practicum Coordinator.