Diversity & Inclusion: Art Museum Educators as Levers of Change

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31st Annual Preconference National Art Education Association Museum Education Division #NAEAMusEd17

Diversity & Inclusion: Art Museum Educators as Levers of Change Wednesday, March 1, 2017 9:15 am – 4:45 pm, followed by an after-hours wine reception from 6:30-8:00 pm New York City, New York The NAEA Museum Education Preconference brings together art museum educators, students, consultants, and researchers to build community, generate new insights into issues and practices affecting the field of museum education, and leverage the knowledge of the group as well as the expertise of partners and specialists in other disciplines to strengthen museum education practice. The 2017 NAEA Annual Convention (March 2-4) theme is ​The Challenge ​ of Change. At the Museum Education Division’s 31st annual Preconference, we ask ourselves, ​“How Can I Be A Lever Of Change?” Cultural institutions are increasingly adding diversity, equity, inclusion, and community outreach into their strategic plans, mission statements, and audience goals. While these ideals require us to think ​ deeply about ​all of our various identities and social relationships, a thorough understanding of the historical and contemporary dimensions of race and racism in museums is particularly relevant at this moment in our country. With the changing racial demographics, the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the increasing social media focus on the intersection of race and museums, there is a clear call to examine how race influences our work in museum education. Before we can start to address these initiatives on behalf of our institutions, we must pause to take a closer look at ourselves and our own lenses, beliefs, experiences with race, and how they affect our programs and interactions with museum visitors, artworks, museum spaces, colleagues. This year’s Preconference will support our field in a focused exploration of some of the following questions as a way of rethinking how we can be effective change leaders in our institutions: ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

How do we define diversity, equity, and inclusion? How do we create cultures of hiring and staffing that prioritize and support racial equity? How do we ensure our practices and messaging are inclusive? How do we self-reflect to ensure our work aligns with anti-racist values? What does an intersectional approach to teaching and interpretation look like? How can I be a Lever of Change to create programs, work, teaching, and leadership, that fosters a value for diversity, equity, and inclusion? How do we know if we are successful?

This work and the paradigm shift is hard. And yet, it is of utmost importance if museums are to evolve to be more open, affirming, and inclusive spaces. Our Preconference will be an opportunity for art museum educators to self-reflect on the lenses and perceptions that we use everyday, establish brave spaces to have these difficult conversations and outline concrete steps we can take individually and as a field to make our work more diverse and inclusive. Notes for 2017 Schedule and Registration As the Preconference aims to provide opportunities to explore several cultural institutions in Manhattan throughout the day, plenty of time has been allotted for travel between sites as well as for exploring and networking on your

own. Also, as the Whitney has generously made their spaces available after hours, we are starting the day a bit later than usual, with more networking time in the morning during the optional coffee hours to kick off your day. Also since many art museum colleagues are situated in and around New York City, we have increased this year’s attendance capacity to 375. 2017 Preconference Program 8:30-9:15 am: Optional Coffee with Colleagues Get caffeinated while you network with NAEA peers. Join a small group of colleagues for an informal coffee and/or breakfast at the Convention hotels. Meet up in the Hilton and Sheraton Hotel lobbies and buy your own coffee, or treat a new or old colleague! ​Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas OR Sheraton New York, 811 Seventh Avenue 9:15-9:45 am: Registration Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education at The ​Metropolitan Museum of Art​. Come caffeinated! Please enter via the 81st Street ground-level entrance to the Museum for conference check-in and and admission sticker. 10:00-10:15 am: Welcome by The Metropolitan Museum of Art & NAEA Museum Education Division Leaders Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, The Metropolitan Museum of Art ● Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman, Education, The Metropolitan Museum of Art ● Emily Holtrop, NAEA Museum Education Division Director and Director of Learning & Interpretation, Cincinnati Art Museum ● Michelle Grohe, NAEA Museum Education Division Director-Elect and Assistant Curator of Education & School Programs, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 10:15-11:30 am:​ ​Keynote Speakers, ​How Can Art Museum Educators Work for Racial Equity? Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Dr. Marit Dewhurst, Director of Art Education, City College of New York and Keonna Hendrick, Cultural Strategist, Educator, and Consultant Today we will focus on race. To remain relevant, 21st Century museums must seek to align their practices with democratic values and change how they connect with people and their diverse experiences. How then do we create spaces and experiences for visitors and colleagues who have not been historically represented or acknowledged? As museum educators, we have a responsibility to do this. Hendrick and Dewhurst will provide a historic overview to issues of race and racism in the context of museums, define shared terms for us to use as a field and throughout the day, establish structures for having conversations and nurturing brave spaces, and model a few strategies to address real-life issues in the museum workplace. 11:30 am-12:45 pm: Explore Best Teaching Practices in the Galleries Join colleagues in the Met galleries for a practical experience gallery experience applying the themes of the day. 26 facilitators will lead interactive activities that address the Levers of Change theme, and each will be paired with a Reflector to lead a reflective group discussion. Participants will be randomly assigned to a gallery teaching session. 12:45-2:45 pm: Explore, Lunch, and Travel Take this time to explore The Met galleries on your own, pick up your lunch, and travel to breakout locations. Due to high attendance, there will be two lunch times: Lunch A will pick up between 12:45-1:15 pm; Lunch B pick up between 1:30-2:00 pm. Collect your boxed lunches on carts in the corridor outside the Education classrooms. Feel free to take your lunch outside and sit on the stairs or head to Central Park. Seating will also be available in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education classrooms on ground floor; space is limited. While exploring The Met, attendees are also encouraged to check out these two resources: The Memory Palace

Listen to works by sound artist, master storyteller, and MetLiveArts Artist in Residence Nate DiMeo—whose popular podcast, The Memory Palace, paints vivid, poetic pictures of moments in American history—as you explore works in The American Wing and the Museum at large. To access the podcasts, visit http://www.metmuseum.org/memorypalace​. Visit Nolen Library Drop in to browse a range of resources connected to diversity, equity and inclusion in museums. Chat with librarians and add your suggestions to a crowd-sourced recommended reading list. ​Nolen library is located on the ground floor in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education. 2:45-4:45 pm: Becoming Levers of Change Breakout Sessions Break out groups will meet at various locations, including the ​Museum of Arts and Design,​ ​New Museum​, ​The Whitney Museum of American Art​, ​The Frick Collection​, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, ​Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art​,​ ​Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum,​ ​Studio Museum Harlem​, ​The Rubin Museum of Art​, ​Children’s Museum of the Arts​. Entrance directions to follow in your registration confirmation letter. How can we infuse our commitment to racial equity into our teaching, daily work practices, and professional leadership? In small groups, we will spend time working collaboratively to expand our understanding of racial inequities and develop strategies to create a racially inclusive museum. Attendees will rank their breakout session topic preferences in the January 2017 follow-up registration. Session



1. ​Catalyzing Institutional Change through Socially Engaged Art

Kim Kanatani

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

2. Racism and Equity in Museums 101: What are we talking about?

Keonna Hendrick, Alyssa Greenberg

Rubin Museum of Art

3. “Can You Hear Me Now?”

New York City Youth, ​Chelsea Emelie Kelly, Marit Dewhurst

Museum of Arts and Design

4. ​Hiring & Training Staff for Meaningful, Inclusive Gallery Conversations

Rachel Ropeik

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

5. ​Leadership for Inclusivity

Jennifer Czajkowski, Ruth Slavin

Whitney Museum of American Art

6. Space for Urgency

Shaun Leonardo, Emily Mello

New Museum

7. ​Developing Inclusive Teaching Practices in a Gilded Age Mansion

Rika Burnham​ and Caitlin Henningsen

The ​Frick Collection

Getting Started / Institutional Change

Professional Development

8. Using Artwork in Response to Current Events

Shanta Lawson

The Studio Museum in Harlem

9. ​Unpacking Cultural Bias in Family Programming

Zahra Ahmed, Tom Burnett, ​Michelle López, Kirsten McNally, ​Barbara Palley, Stefania Trelles, Cathleen Wiggins

Children’s Museum of the Arts

10. ​Public Programming at the Intersections

Kris Grey, Danny Orendorff,​ Alicia Boone, Em Miller

L​eslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art

11​. "Wild Tongues": Creating Spaces for Multilingual Voices in Museums

PJ Gubatina Policarpio

Rubin Museum of Art

12. Moving Towards Hybridity

Natalia Nakazawa, Carlos Jesus Dominguez, Cathleen Lewis

Museum of Arts and Design

13. Socially Responsible Design

Kimberly Cisneros-Gill and Susannah Brown

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Program Development

4:45-6:30 pm: Explore, Network, and Travel Stay tuned for informal options to decompress, such as grabbing coffee, a meetup for those new to the field, or drinks to talk about mentorship. ​Click here for a list of places near the Whitney​. 6:30-8:00 pm: Closing Reception Enjoy this ​rare after-hours reception​ at the ​Whitney Museum of American Art​, including time to explore the galleries featuring their permanent collection. Drinks, including wine and beer, as well as snacks, will be served. This event is ticketed and will feature remarks by Patricia Franklin, President, NAEA and Michelle Grohe, NAEA Museum Education Division Direct-Elect.

Speakers Dr. Marit Dewhurst​ is the Director of Art Education and Assistant Professor of Art and Museum Education at The City College of New York. She has worked as an arts educator and program coordinator in multiple settings both nationally and abroad including community centers, museums, juvenile detention centers, and international development projects. Her research and teaching interests include social justice education, community-based art, youth empowerment, and the role of the arts in community development. Her book, ​Social Justice Art: A framework for activist art pedagogy was recently published by Harvard Education Press. Keonna Hendrick​ is a cultural strategist, educator and author who promotes critical thinking, expands cultural perceptions, and supports self-actualization. She is the co-founder of SHIFT, a collective of cultural workers engaging anti-oppressive feminist professional and personal development. She is also co-creator of multicultural critical reflective practice, a professional development model. Keonna continues to provide professional development to educators in museums and classrooms nationally, including ArtsConnection, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Modern Art, New York City Museum Educator Roundtable, and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Breakout facilitators GETTING STARTED/INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE 1. ​Catalyzing Institutional Change through Socially Engaged Art​ ​Kim Kanatani​ is the first Deputy Director and Gail Engelberg Director of Education at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Kanatani is responsible for

working with the education programs at the Guggenheim Museums worldwide to coordinate and work in synergistic exchange with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. 2. ​Racism and Equity in Museums 101: What are we talking about?​ ​Alyssa Greenberg​ is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a museum educator interested in how pedagogy, facilitated dialogue, and community engagement can advance social justice. 3. ​“Can You Hear Me Now?”​ ​Youth interns/participants​ from cultural institutions across New York City join together, in association with Park Avenue Armory Youth Corps, to facilitate this session for NAEA 2017. ​Chelsea Emelie Kelly ​is an art museum educator specializing in youth education, gallery teaching, and technology. She is currently Youth Corps Manager at the Park Avenue Armory. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 4. ​Hiring & Training Staff for Meaningful, Inclusive Gallery Conversations​ ​Rachel Ropeik ​is the Manager of Public Engagement at the Guggenheim, where she oversees training and hiring for various cohorts of educators who teach and engage with the general museum public in many ways. She is a museum adventurer who is interested in how to make museum visits as varied as visitors themselves. 5. ​Leadership for Inclusivity​ Jennifer Czajkowski​ is the VP of Learning & Audience Engagement at the Detroit Institute of Arts, where she is a member of the executive leadership team and is responsible for education, interpretation and public programming. ​Ruth Slavin​ is the Deputy Director for Education at the University of Michigan Museum of Art where she oversees all academic outreach and student engagement, teaching and learning, and public programs. She is a member of the UMMA senior management team. 6. ​Space for Urgency​ ​Shaun Leonardo ​is the Manager of School, Youth & Community Programs at the New Museum, overseeing programs and accommodations for specific audience groups, both those designed for high school teachers and students, and new initiatives in the area of community engagement. His work is invested in the building and maintaining meaningful partnerships and responsive programs that engage diverse students and community groups with art, artists and creative ideas of personal and social relevance. ​Emily Mello​ is Associate Director of Education at the New Museum where she directs gallery interpretation, school, youth and community programs and is co-curator of the annual summer Social Justice Artist Residency. 7. ​Developing Inclusive Teaching Practices in a Gilded Age Mansion​ Rika Burnham​ is Head of Education at The Frick Collection (http://www.frick.org/person/burnham). ​Caitlin Henningsen​ is Associate Museum Educator for Academic Programs at The Frick Collection. A doctoral candidate in the history of art at Harvard University, she was the Frick's 2015–16 Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellow. 8. ​Using Artwork in Response to Current Events​ ​Shanta Lawson ​is Education Director at The Studio Museum in Harlem where she works with Education department staff to facilitate partnerships with New York City schools annually, implement visual art-based programs for families, and offer innovative teen programs. Shanta provides training to museum educators and organizes professional development opportunities for classroom teachers and parents. Through creative outreach efforts to community-based organizations, she has initiated programming for special audiences at the Studio Museum, and currently develops interpretative materials building bridges between the Museum and various communities. Shanta manages the museum’s internship program for college and high school students, and is a board member for Arts & Minds, an organization that provides visual arts experiences for people with dementia and their caregivers. Shanta received her M.P.S, Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute. 9. ​Unpacking Cultural Bias in Family Programming​ ​Stefania Trelles​ is the Education Manager at Cool Culture, a non-profit that empowers families to harness the transformative impact of arts and cultural experiences. She oversees partnerships between museums, early childhood centers, and family leaders. ​Barbara Palley, ​independent consultant, is a nationally recognized arts education leader, with over 15 years of museum education, visitor research and program evaluation experience at Cool Culture, Brooklyn Museum, NYCMER, MoMA, and Harvard Project Zero.

Cathleen Wiggins​ is the Director, Museum Education and Leadership in Technology and the Arts graduate programs, Bank Street College of Education. For several years, she has served as a consultant for Cool Culture's Literacy Through Culture program. ​Michelle López,​ Director of Community Programs at the Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA), earned an MA in Creative Arts Therapy from Hofstra University and a BA in Communication Arts from Fordham University. For the past 10 years, she has been committed to making cultural institutions and arts education programming more accessible for all audiences and has been recognized internationally for developing award-winning initiatives that strive for inclusion while supporting the varying educational and social goals of all students. ​Tom Burnett, ​Director of Early Childhood Programs at the Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) since 1998, has developed the WEE Arts Program into a popular, widely recognized model for early childhood programming and from 1989-2000, he was a Head Teacher at the Parenting Center at the 92nd Street Y. He has pioneered outreach programs at many community centers, libraries, and youth/parent organizations, offering developmentally appropriate music and art experiences for thousands of families throughout the tri-state area. ​Zahra Ahmed, Manager of School Programs at the Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA), is an artist, educator, and administrator who received an MA in Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BFA in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University. She has worked in diverse educational contexts including K-12 public and private schools, museums, and community settings and enjoys collaborating with educators and administrators on research-based, student-centered curriculum rooted in rich learning through the arts. ​Kirsten McNally,​ Senior Community & School Programs Teaching Artist at the Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA), is a multi-disciplinary artist and teacher dedicated to creating inclusive learning environments. After receiving an MAT in Art Education from Rhode Island School of Design, Kirsten became a founding art teacher at an NYC Charter School and then joined CMA working with group visits, in-school partnerships, and inclusive classes for students on the autism spectrum and with physical disabilities. 10. ​Public Programming at the Intersections​ ​Alicia Boone​ is the Associate Curator of Public Programs at Brooklyn Museum. ​Kris Grey​ is the Deputy Director of Education and Visitor Experience at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. ​Em Miller ​is the Programs and Communications Manager at Visual Thinking Strategies. ​Danny Orendorff​ is the Manager of Public and Community Engagement Programs at Museum of Arts and Design. PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT 11​. ​"Wild Tongues": Creating Spaces for Multilingual Voices in Museums​ ​PJ Gubatina Policarpio​ is a community arts organizer: a socially-engaged artist, curator, programmer, writer, and educator. PJ is committed to making art accessible for everyone, creating multifaceted opportunities for meaningful connections between communities and art, especially addressing a diverse, multilingual, and multicultural audience. Central to his practice is critical awareness, social justice and equality with an intersectional lens through experiences and interactions with art. 12. ​Moving Towards Hybridity​ ​Cathleen Lewis​ is the Vice President of Education and Public Programs and oversees all programs and incentives developed by the Education Department at MAD, including those targeting school, youth, family and adult audiences. During her tenure at MAD, Lewis founded the Arts Access and Arts Reach school programs, which target underserved communities, and broaden MAD’s reach and capacity to serve diverse audiences. Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez ​is a interdisciplinary Artist and Educator from Washington Heights and El Barrio NYC. As an educator he works for the Museum of Arts and Design, Artsconnection, El Museo del Barrio, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and the Washington Heights Conservatory for Fine Arts. ​Natalia Nakazawa is an artist, educator, and arts administrator. She is currently the Assistant Director of EFA Studios, a program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, which provides subsidized studio space to professional artists in midtown Manhattan. Additionally, she is a museum educator working with middle school and high school students participating in the Arts Reach partnership through the Museum of Arts and Design. 13. Socially Responsible Design​ ​Kimberly Cisneros-Gill​ is the School Programs Manager for at the Cooper Hewitt,Smithsonian Design Museum. She was a Southern California Title One Teacher for over six years before graduating Bank Street College of Education with a focus in art museum education. ​Susannah Brown​ is an artist and arts & design educator currently working as the Public Education Manager at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. She holds a Master of Arts Teaching from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and a BFA in in Photography from Parsons School of Design.

Questions? Please contact Michelle Grohe, NAEA Museum Education Division Director-Elect [email protected]

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