Candice L. Harrison has been named director of communications at the Toledo Museum of Art, effective March 7.
Museum director Brian Kennedy said Harrison will be responsible for all of the Museum’s internal and external communications, marketing and online communications, including the website and social media. She also will be involved in advancing the Museum’s strategic objective to engage more diverse audiences.
“It is with great pride that I join the staff at the Toledo Museum of Art,” Harrison said. “I am honored to be a part of an organization with such rich history, prestige and recognition locally and abroad. As a native Toledoan, community commitment is very important to me. I am excited to assist in TMA’s many efforts in the community that positively contribute to the forward momentum of the city.”
A graduate of Central Catholic High School, Harrison received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo in 2001 and earned her master’s degree in communications in 2014 from Spring Arbor University.
She most recently served as senior communications manager for the Toledo Zoo and Aquarium. Prior to that she was director of the School Hubs Initiative at Scott High School, where she was involved in fundraising, community engagement projects and special-event planning. She also has held marketing and communications positions at the University of Toledo Medical Center and Mercy Memorial Hospital in Monroe, Michigan.
Harrison was presented a Toledo 20 Under 40 Leadership Award in 2014 and a Top Community Voices Award from the United Way of Greater Toledo in 2013 in recognition of her extensive community involvement. Her many activities include being on the board of Leadership Toledo, acting as the kick-off event chair for last year’s Restaurant Week Toledo and serving on the African-American Leadership Council of United Way of Greater Toledo. She is a past member of the Children’s Hunger Alliance board and at one time also was a Toledo Museum of Art volunteer and intern.