Joe Hastings is the Executive Director of Explora, a hands-on learning center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He works with a talented staff of over 100 educators, exhibit builders, and high school interns to create opportunities for inspirational discovery and the joy of learning through interactive experiences in art, science, and technology. Explora has received national recognition for its innovative exhibits and programs. Hastings is currently focused on both continuity and change—reaffirming core values while planning for the future in partnership with the community—as Explora celebrates its 15th anniversary.
Hastings worked for 13 years at the Exploratorium, San Francisco, in various roles including Director of the Center for Museum Partnerships. At the Exploratorium, Joe participated in many National Science Foundation funded projects. In 2006, Hastings traveled to Texas to run the Don Harrington Discovery Center, where he led a $10-million facility, exhibition, and program renewal project to bring families together, support the work of schools, and create a community gathering place. Hastings is a 2009 Noyce Leadership Fellow and serves on the boards of the Informal Learning Leadership Collaborative, Association of Children’s Museums, and Twirl Play and Discovery Place.
Hastings previously served as a board member of the Association of Technology and Science Centers, Taos Youth Soccer League, and Amarillo Habitat for Humanity. He also served as an advisor to the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, which invested over $150 million in children’s discovery learning networks in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Nevada.
Monday, May 20
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM