April Kim Tonin is the Frick’s Ayesha Bulchandani Head of Education and Public Engagement. She joined the Frick from the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), where she served as the Maude and Rodney Starkey Deputy Director of Education. There, she was pivotal in leading efforts to adapt to virtual programming in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. She served the previous fourteen years as the Director of Visual Education at the Nightingale-Bamford School, one of only two K–12 independent schools in New York City with a formalized program that incorporates museum collections across its curricula. She was responsible for developing interdisciplinary curricula incorporating works of art, artifacts, and architecture, enjoying direct exposure to the classroom as an educator and teacher. Tonin began her professional career at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), where she worked for more than a decade, in various roles in the Education Department, teaching, producing educational resources in print and online, and collaborating across different departments. She helped MoMA apply new technologies to educational work and created many successful and influential program types that are still offered today.
Tonin is also a professional illustrator. Her work has appeared in several publications, including The Lily (a publication of The Washington Post), and Time Out New York. Tonin’s work was presented in a 2012 exhibition at the National Academy and is in the collections of the Museum of the City of New York and of a number of private clients. Tonin received an M.A. in Art History from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Fine Arts and French from Mount Holyoke College.