THE Jewish Museum of Australia (JMA) has appointed a new director and CEO to succeed Rebecca Forgasz who stepped down from the position earlier this year.
For Jessica Bram, a former JMA curator, it is a return to the museum after a six-year absence, as she becomes the JMA’s third director and CEO in the museum’s 42-year history, after Helen Light and Forgasz.
Currently curator at the Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI), Bram will begin her new role in November, bringing with her 15 years’ experience across curatorial and collection management in museums – most recently leading ACMI’s award-winning Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Wonderland.
JMA president Barry Fradkin stated, “We are thrilled to welcome back one of our own. Jessica is a creative visionary full of passion and energy for Jewish culture and connecting audiences to it. She has impressed us enormously and we look forward to a new year with her at the helm.
Widely regarded as a creative leader, Bram is experienced in delivering blockbuster projects using state-of-the-art immersive technology as well as audience segmentation tools. She has gained extensive local and international networks during her time with ACMI.
Bram said she was excited “to lead the Jewish Museum of Australia into its next phase; it’s a privilege to continue the inspired work of the museum’s founders and previous directors, especially at such a pivotal time for cultural heritage sites around the world”.
“I’m excited to work with the museum’s board, team and volunteers to energise and embolden our connection to the community, and generate opportunities for impact and reach as we enter a new era.
“I am dedicated to embarking on this journey in a consultative and collaborative way, exchanging ideas with other creatives and thinkers across our community and the arts industry at large. I so look forward to sharing my vision and seeing you all at the museum soon,” she said.
Recalling her previous time with the JMA, Bram told The AJN it “gave me an absolute love for all things exhibitions-related, collections-related. When you come to a role like this with a background in curatorial and programming, that’s so much where the heart lies for me”.