New executive director named for Children's Discovery Museum
BY CAROLINA ASTRAIN - CASTRAIN@VICAD.COM
Feb. 14, 2013 at 11 p.m.
Updated Feb. 14, 2013 at 8:15 p.m.
Name: Melissa Dixon
Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.
Family: Drew Dixon (husband)
Occupation: Executive director of the Discovery Children's Museum
Education: University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, Bachelor of Arts in interior design
Melissa Dixon is the new executive director of Children's Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent.
At a light opening reception in celebration of the museum's two new exhibit pieces and re-opening, board members shared the news with members Thursday night.
Dixon moved to Victoria from Little Rock, Ark., in December after her husband, Drew Dixon, was hired to work as an attorney for an oil and gas company.
The 29-year-old graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a bachelor's degree in interior design.
After graduating, Dixon worked in commercial interior design and was involved in various fundraising projects.
"This is going to be a new field for me to work in," Dixon said. "In high school, I volunteered at the children's museum in Little Rock, and that was a great experience for me."
Dixon heard about the position after meeting someone with close ties to the museum's board of directors.
"It sounded like a great, creative job and a good opportunity to help the community with their current situation," Dixon said. "I want to help create new programs, raise attendance and get a lot more kids through the door."
The museum is looking for a new location because its lease is set to expire in February 2014.
For the past 10 years, the Junior League of Victoria has allowed the museum to operate rent free from the Kriesle Building building, which the Junior League owns.
Last fall, the league informed the museum board of its decision to sell the building.
The league is now working to find a buyer willing to give the museum enough time to move.
Dixon, who is also a new member of the Junior League of Victoria, said she hopes to be a bridge between the two organizations.
"Hopefully there will be some additional space for some more exhibits," Dixon said. "We'd be able to change exhibits in and out, so it's not so static."
The museum re-opened to the public Friday morning.