Louisa Karapidakis

Head of Museum Collection and Educational programs, Greek Folklore Research Center of the Academy of Athens

Louisa Karapidaki was born in Heraklion, Crete and graduated from Pankritio School. She studied History of Art and Archeology at the University of Humanities in Strasbourg and did postgraduate studies (Master I, Master II) at the Sorbonne, Paris 1 in Paris.

She worked as a curator and director at the Historical Museum of Crete and since 1997 she has been working at the Greek Folklore Research Center of the Academy of Athens, in charge of the museum collection and educational programs.

She has designed a series of thematic museums in Greece, such as the Museum of Bread in Amphikleia, the Museum of the Forest in Prokopi, Evia, the Museum of Critics of Europe in Palaiochora, Chania, Crete, the Folklore Museum of Sami in Kefalonia, the Museum of the Marian Sisters and Leontei Lyceum in Athens and has prepared the study for: the Olive Museum in Kapsaliana, Arkadiou, Crete, the Children’s Museum in Xanthi, the Museum of Pastoral Life in Omalos, Chania, Crete.

She has designed and written a series of educational programs and the educational book “learning about oil and olives”, published by the Academy of Athens, which received the Moscow prize 2013.

She is a member of the committee of the Triennale of Polish Contemporary Drawing of the Kresow Museum, Lubaczowe, Poland.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Museum of Greek Children’s Art, the Friends of the European Cultural Center of Delphi and the Museum of Cretan Ethnology.

She has taken part in many European programs, in international conferences and has published in scientific journals, in international art catalogs and has prepared monographs.

She is a collaborator of the Mucem Museum (Musée de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée), in Marseille, France and the Kresow Museum.

She has curated exhibitions and catalogs of contemporary art in Greece, France, Spain, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Britain, Morocco, Bulgaria, Hungary.

Topic: Olive & olive oil: cultural management & educational activities