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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Arts Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Turquoise
Favorite Food:
Soul Food, French, Italian, West Indian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southern Europe, Caribbean, South America
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/2/1934
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Arts Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Turquoise
Favorite Food:
Soul Food, French, Italian, West Indian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southern Europe, Caribbean, South America
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/2/1934
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Joan Delores Sandler was born on October 2, 1934 in Harlem, New York. Her mother worked as a nurse’s aide and domestic and her father was an elevator operator. Sandler was educated in New York City public schools earning her high school diploma in 1952 from the New York High School of Music and Arts.

After graduation, Sandler worked as a clerk for an insurance company. She also surrounded herself with artists and musicians, while becoming a political activist involved in the peace movement. In the early 1960s, Sandler began studying theatre with the Negro Ensemble Company and landed a role on the television drama series, Black Girl.

She began her art career in 1975, working as a program specialist for the Department of Cultural Affairs. Sandler then went on to work for the Black Theatre Alliance and Fundraising in the Public Interest. From 1983 until 1987, she worked for the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she was in charge of community education. She also worked for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Museum of American Folk Art. In 2001, Sandler served as executive director for the foundation of her longtime friend, artist Romare Bearden. The Romare Bearden Foundation continues Bearden’s visual arts legacy through community outreach and education.

Sandler continues to consult in arts education. She has worked as a lecturer and faculty member at Hunter College, New York University, Marymount College and Princeton. She has served as an advisor to many foundations and grant making organizations. Sandler has received a number of awards and honors for her contributions to arts education.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Joan Sandlers' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Joan Sandler lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Joan Sandler describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Joan Sandler describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Joan Sandler talks about her parents' divorce
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Joan Sandler describes her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Joan Sandler talks about her ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Joan Sandler describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Joan Sandler lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Joan Sandler remembers holiday celebrations in her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Joan Sandler shares stories about her mother's and her maternal aunt's experiences in Harlem, New York, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Joan Sandler shares memories of growing up in Harlem, New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Joan Sandler talks about her mother's family history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Joan Sandler describes rent parties at her home in Harlem, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Joan Sandler describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Joan Sandler remembers a special Christmas with her mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Joan Sandler describes her elementary and junior high school experiences in New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Joan Sandler describes living with family in Rocky Mount, North Carolina after her parents' separation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Joan Sandler talks about her stepfather, Willis Hunter
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Joan Sandler recalls her interests at Julia Ward Howe Junior High School 81 and The High School of Music and Art in New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Joan Sandler talks about listening to radical street orators in Harlem, New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Joan Sandler talks about her early adult life in Harlem, New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Joan Sandler talks about the early years of her marriage to Alvin Sandler
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Joan Sandler talks about Louis E. Burnham's influence on her life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Joan Sandler talks about her friendship with Lorraine Hansberry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Joan Sandler describes living in Mexico with her family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Joan Sandler remembers the political atmosphere of New York, New York in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Joan Sandler describes her work with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Joan Sandler recalls her work with the Black Theatre Alliance and acting career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Joan Sandler remembers developments in African American art from the 1960s to 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Joan Sandler describes the effects of political activism on her family life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Joan Sandler describes her work as an artists' model and promoting black films
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Joan Sandler talks about working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Joan Sandler describes changes in the black art world in the 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Joan Sandler talks about her work as a regional representative for the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Joan Sandler talks about consulting for arts foundations and museums
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Joan Sandler talks about growth in the black filmmaking and the need for developing black theatre
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Joan Sandler describes the purpose of an artist-based foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Joan Sandler talks about her goals and plans for the Romare Bearden Foundation in New York, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Joan Sandler talks about challenges for contemporary African American artists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Joan Sandler talks about her daughters, Eve and Kathe Sandler, and their careers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Joan Sandler reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Joan Sandler reflects upon the importance of history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Joan Sandler describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Joan Sandler shares her memories of Paul Robeson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Joan Sandler recalls James Baldwin's final days
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Joan Sandler reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Joan Sandler describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Joan Sandler describes her hopes for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Joan Sandler narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Joan Sandler narrates her photographs, pt. 2