Fallingwater Welcomes a New Curator of Education
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) announces that Roy Young has joined the Fallingwater staff as its Curator of Education. In this role, Young will sustain and expand Fallingwater’s innovative educational programs and create learning opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Young’s work supports Fallingwater’s mission of outreach – to ensure that people nearby and around the world have the opportunity to learn from the Frank Lloyd Wright masterwork about art and architecture, and living in harmony with nature.
His responsibilities include developing and managing educational programs for local schools and community members; creating learning opportunities for professionals and lifelong learners; and developing programs for higher education. He will focus on creating trans-disciplinary partnerships with educators in schools, universities and museums.
“We are delighted to welcome Roy Young to Fallingwater, and we know he will do an outstanding job in creating unforgettable learning experiences across numerous disciplines – such as art, architecture, history, math and science,” said Lynda Waggoner, vice president and director of Fallingwater. “Fallingwater inspires people like no other place, and our educational programs help to channel our visitors’ inspiration into meaningful life lessons and professional growth opportunities.”
Young brings to Fallingwater a background in curricular development for museum collections; coordination and management of docent and adult outreach programs; curriculum development with a focus on interdisciplinary-based art; and design education in both studio and museum environments.
“Education, as well as educational programming, can take many different forms. People have the opportunity to learn, but few are placed in situations that allow them to appropriate their learning at the highest level,” said Young. “I am focused on creating and implementing meaningful learning opportunities by involving participants in dynamic, learner centered programs that capitalize on Fallingwater as the synthesis of thought, environment and architecture.”
Young is the former CEO of an international firm that provided comprehensive architecture, interior design and project management solutions for corporate, healthcare and high-end residential construction projects. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental design from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Arts degree in visual culture education from the University of Arizona, where he was the Jessup Fellow within the Education Department at the University’s Museum of Art and Visual Culture Archives.
About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC helped to establish ten state parks and has conserved nearly 229,000 acres of natural lands and waterways. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Mill Run, Pa. that symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 140 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted with the help of 12,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 11,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.