Kia Karlen

Kia Karlen, Director of Education at Madison Children’s Museum, has worked in the field of informal museum education for 28 years. Karlen oversees the museum’s education programming, visitor engagement, and community outreach, all within a uniquely local arts-rich environment. Karlen serves in a leadership role on several Madison-area boards and advisory committees, including the Madison Arts Commission, Any Given Child Madison, and the University of Wisconsin’s Adult Role Models in Science. During non-pandemic times, Karlen can also be found performing with a diverse lineup of local musical ensembles and working with local music education initiatives.