John Haworth

Vice Chair

Senior Executive Emeritus
National Museum of the American Indian
Smithsonian Institution
Brooklyn, NY

John Haworth is the Senior Executive Emeritus of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian's George Gustav Heye Center in New York City. Prior to joining the museum's staff in 1995, Mr. Haworth served as assistant commissioner for cultural institutions at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Mr. Haworth served for 14 years as an adjunct professor at New York University teaching arts management and cultural policy courses. In addition to Americans for the Arts, he serves on the boards for CERF+ and Arts & Business Council/NY, and has served on the the Museum Association of New York (as chair) and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He also serves on Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network Council.

Mr. Haworth completed his M.B.A at Columbia University, where he also was designated as a Revson Fellow on the Future of New York City.  In 2009, he received the Outstanding Community Service Award from the American Indian Community House in NYC.  He has written extensively on cultural and museum issues over the years, including articles for NMAI exhibition catalogues and magazines.  He wrote the foreword for “Painting the Wild Frontier: The Art and Adventures of George Catlin”, published by Clarion Books, New York. Mr. Haworth also has held senior program positions at the New York State Council on the Arts and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. In 1997, he was selected by the Smithsonian to give a series of lectures as part of the "Voices of Discovery" program in Portland, OR.  At the invitation of CEC International, he lectured at the European University in St. Petersburg, Russia.  He was a featured speaker at UNESCO (Paris) in 2010. He is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.