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Monday, May 2
 

8:30am EDT

Registration & Coffee
Check-in at the registration table, and enjoy coffee with colleagues before the Welcome and Opening Remarks.

Monday May 2, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am EDT
JP Morgan Chase Lobby & Morgan Cafe 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

9:15am EDT

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Olivia Kalin, President, NYCMER
Emma Nordin, Vice President, NYCMER
The Morgan welcomes NYCMER

Keynote conversation with Steven Seidel and Jennifer Ifil-Ryan.

Speakers
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Jennifer Ifil-Ryan

Associate Director, Education & Community Engagement, Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling
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Olivia Kalin

Olivia Kalin is an experienced museum educator in art- and nature-based environments. In her current role at Wave Hill, she leads nature-based visits for visiting school-aged groups, and develops and leads art making workshops and storytime programs. Before joining Wave Hill in July... Read More →
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Emma Nordin

Vice President, NYCMER
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Steven Seidel

Faculty Director, Arts in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education


Monday May 2, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am EDT
Gilder Lehrman Hall 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

11:00am EDT

Building Your Base: Strengthening Partnerships & Community Centered Museums
Museums are increasingly recognizing the importance of community engagement and reaching a diverse audience. But strategies for engaging our community and expanding our audience are too often determined from within an institution. How can we use alternative strategies, grassroots models, and leverage existing civic-minded neighbors to build meaningful and sustainable partnerships within the community? Participants will learn about real experiments, successes, and failures in building one's community base within small museum and arts environments. We will consider how our personal connections to community, our own strengths as well as our limitations can lead us to build not only community engagement, but community connectedness.

Speakers
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Melissa Branfman

Melissa Branfman is an innovative educator and programmer, committed to creating dynamic small cultural spaces that welcome all audiences. Museum Director of the Wyckoff House Museum, an historic house museum located in the East Flatbush community. As both Director of Education and... Read More →
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Emily Gallagher

Emily Gallagher started her career in community engagement at Eyebeam Atelier, where she worked as a researcher on several environmental justice art projects. Through this, she became passionate about neighborhood advocacy and education. She has worked at several historic sites, focusing... Read More →
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Kim Maier

Kim Maier is the Executive Director of the Old Stone House & Washington Park - a community-based education, environmental and cultural organization that is the conservancy organization for Washington Park/JJ Byrne Playground in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The Old Stone House, originally... Read More →
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Ran Yan

Ran Yan received her Bachelor's in Architecture and Historic preservation at Tongji University, Shanghai, and subsequently studied Historic Preservation Planning at Cornell University in the U.S., where she conducted her Master's thesis research on the preservation of Shanghai's alleyway... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Morgan Dining Room 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

11:00am EDT

Developing Self-Reflection to Create Culturally Inclusive Learning Spaces
As the national dialogue around racial justice grows, museum educators have a responsibility to address if and how they create culturally inclusive spaces for learners of diverse backgrounds through their teaching and programming. This session offers participants tools to assess how their assumptions, language, and experiences may impact learners’ understanding of curriculum, themselves, and others. Participants will be encouraged to identify their cultural assumptions and fears and use reflection tools to create multicultural educational spaces and deepen their self-awareness and cultural consciousness. 

Speakers
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Keonna Hendrick

Keonna Hendrick is a cultural strategist creating equity through art and museum education. Her teaching, writing, and strategic planning reflect her commitment to providing all audiences with educational experiences that promote critical thinking, expand cultural perceptions, and... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Mr. Morgan's Library 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

11:00am EDT

Empowering our Audience: Parents Serving Parents in District 4 at El Museo del Barrio
How can we empower our audiences to take ownership of the learning opportunities available at museums? Through exploring El Museo del Barrio’s Family Learning Program, a collaboration between the District 4 School Board, parents themselves, and El Museo, this session will ignite discussion about visitor empowerment and engaging families to share their expertise in the development of educational resources. In hearing the perspectives and outcomes of each major player, participants will begin to find instances of democratic thinking and learning among intersecting audiences in their own institutions.

Speakers
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Yaniferz Cantor

Yaniferz Cantor is the Parent Coordinator at PS 72 The Lexington Academy.
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Nancy Pereira

Nancy Pereira is the District 4 Family Advocate.
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Samantha Schott

Samantha Schott is the Access & Education Programs Coordinator at El Museo del Barrio. Since getting her B.A. in Sociology at McGill University, she has taught classes on art, activism, and community engagement, and manages the school and community partnerships as well as El Museo’s... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
North Parlor 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

11:00am EDT

Finding the Programming Sweet Spot: Perfecting Participant and Institution Intersections
This experimental session explores the relationship between intersecting communities vital to public programs through role-play. Take the position of an internal or external stakeholder and examine program development through multiple lenses alongside peers. Explore in small group discussions a variety of perspectives contributing to the “final product” and examine the nexus of public interest and institutional mission. Discover ways to integrate and balance the programming requirements of multi-department organizations in relation with the needs and wishes of a great diversity of participants at public programs. Consider the competing and or compatible interests of all the players involved in bringing public programs to life.

Speakers
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Helen Divjak

Helen Divjak is a museums consultant specializing in community engagement, adult learning, and the interpretation of historic collections and sites. She is a passionate advocate for world heritage and the arts, and has worked with museums in Minneapolis/St Paul, Seattle, Washington... Read More →
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Helena Gindi

Helena Gindi is Director of Public Programs at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research where she directs 40 programs a year about East European Jewish history and culture with an emphasis on commissioning new performances inspired by the collections. While at YIVO she launched the... Read More →
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Suzanne de Vegh

Suzanne de Vegh is Director of Public Programs and Audience Engagement at the American Folk Art Museum where she oversees an array of interactive programs for adults. Formerly a member of the NYCMER Board of Trustees, Suzanne has been a member of NYCMER since 1999. Suzanne earned... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
South Parlor 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

11:00am EDT

Teen Councils, Committees, and Advisory Groups: Methods and Models to Fit Your Needs
We want: to know what teens want and their opinions; and to provide teens with avenues to develop leadership roles and planning skills. Join us as we explore youth councils, committees and advisory groups – programs at the intersection of youth participants and adult staff. Panelists represent a variety of institutions, sizes, purposes, and stages of development. Each will briefly describe their group and tackle a few big issues before we split the room up, and help you think about your own. Participants will leave with a resource packet with tips and best practices, and opportunities for partnerships and continued support.

Speakers
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Christine Banks Calderon

Christine Banks Calderon coordinates the NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium, a partnership of 12 institutions with programs that provide mentored STEM research experiences for underserved and underrepresented NYC high school students. Part of her work focuses on building community... Read More →
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Chelsey Clevenger

Chelsey Clevenger, in her role at the Mayor’s Office, aids in the development and sustainability of Youth Councils in 60+ unique City Agencies and Community Based Organizations across New York City. Duties in this role include but are not limited to facilitating trainings for the... Read More →
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Betsy Gibbons

Betsey Gibbons is the Assistant Museum Educator for High School Internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Previously, she worked with high school and college students at the New-York Historical Society and taught in the Federated History Department of NJIT and Rutgers University-Newark... Read More →
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Brian Levine

Brian Levine manages the Lang Science Program, a 7-year extracurricular science program for 6th – 12th graders. Recently, students and Brian started a Youth Committee, based on interest in providing feedback and having a voice in schedules, course options, and more. Brian is also... Read More →
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Nick Martinez

Nick Martinez first joined the American Museum of Natural History in 2010 as a summer intern. After interning at the museum he was hired as the Coordinator of the Sackler Educational Laboratory where he developed and taught programming around the subjects of Physical Anthropology... Read More →
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Erin Shaw

Erin Shaw developed and currently facilitates the BKLYN Library Youth Council, BCAPteen Creative Leadership Project, and BCAPteen Alumni Advisory Committee for Brooklyn Public Library. She has also been the program director for several service- and arts-based youth leadership programs... Read More →
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Sasha Wortzel

Sasha Wortzel is coordinator of teen programs at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she oversees Youth Insights (YI) Leaders, a paid after-school internship for high school students. YI Leaders organize public programs and events for other New York City teens, learn to develop... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Gilder Lehrman Hall 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

11:00am EDT

Voices for Nature: Art and Activism in the Museum
What does it mean to be an activist? Activism figures prominently in all kinds of museums, seen both in exhibition content and in field-wide discussions about institutions’ social responsibility. Using environmental activism as our lens, this hands-on workshop offers accessible tools for fostering a community of young artist-activists in the museum or classroom. Together we will consider art as a powerful mode of expression using close-looking techniques and printing our own posters about compelling environmental issues. Join this forum to examine the power of art in message-making and how activism can be a positive, simple and powerful part of daily life.

Speakers
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Jackie Du

Jackie Du is currently an educator and administrator at Arts in Action Visual Art Program (AIAVAP) in NYC. Since 2011, she has been teaching fine art classes for ages 3 through 18. Jackie has also developed textile art workshops and a summer camp at AIAVAP. In addition to teaching... Read More →
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Olivia Kalin

Olivia Kalin is an experienced museum educator in art- and nature-based environments. In her current role at Wave Hill, she leads nature-based visits for visiting school-aged groups, and develops and leads art making workshops and storytime programs. Before joining Wave Hill in July... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Education Center 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

12:00pm EDT

Lunch
Monday May 2, 2016 12:00pm - 2:35pm EDT
TBA

12:00pm EDT

Peer Group Lunches
Connect with colleagues over lunch by joining one of NYCMER's peer groups for conversation, reflection, and networking. No previous peer group involvement necessary. Meet with Peer Group Coordinators in the lobby before heading out!

Access: Lara Schweller
Bryant Park: bring your own lunch or purchase from a park vendor
In the event of inclement weather, the group will meet at Shake Shack (600 3rd Avenue)

Adult Programs: Suzanne de Vegh
Moonstruck Diner
244 Madison Avenue

English Language Learners: Stephanie Zank
Atoyama Sushi
11 W 36th Street

Freelancers: Paul Orselli
Chandni Restaurant
13 W 29th Street

Managers: Erin Shaw
La Tarte Flambee
153 E 33rd Street

School and Teacher Programs: Charissa Ruth
Franchia
12 Park Avenue

Technology: Ja'nell Ajani
The Liberty
29 W 35th Street 

Speakers
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Ja'nell Ajani

Ja'nell Ajani is the Coordinator for NYCMER's Technology Peer Group.
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Paul Orselli

Paul Orselli is the Coordinator for NYCMER's Freelancers Peer Group
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Charissa Ruth

Charissa Ruth is the Coordinator for NYCMER's School and Teacher Programs Peer Group.
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Lara Schweller

Lara Schweller is the Coordinator for NYCMER's Access Peer Group
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Erin Shaw

Erin Shaw developed and currently facilitates the BKLYN Library Youth Council, BCAPteen Creative Leadership Project, and BCAPteen Alumni Advisory Committee for Brooklyn Public Library. She has also been the program director for several service- and arts-based youth leadership programs... Read More →
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Suzanne de Vegh

Suzanne de Vegh is Director of Public Programs and Audience Engagement at the American Folk Art Museum where she oversees an array of interactive programs for adults. Formerly a member of the NYCMER Board of Trustees, Suzanne has been a member of NYCMER since 1999. Suzanne earned... Read More →
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Stephanie Zank

Stephanie Zank is currently an educator at the Museum of Chinese in America and a teacher of English as a Second or Other Language. She previously worked in schools and English language programs in Taiwan and South Korea.


Monday May 2, 2016 12:00pm - 2:35pm EDT
Lobby 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

1:15pm EDT

A Delicate Balance: Addressing the Intersection of History and Memory with Diverse Audiences
Cultural institutions work with sensitive or difficult topics on a regular basis. When approaching such topics, educators must consider both the needs of students and adults, and how those needs might differ. Join Education Specialists from the National September 11 Memorial Museum for a discussion focused on this delicate balance. Presenters will share the challenges faced when addressing the needs of students, for whom 9/11 is history, and adults, for whom 9/11 is a memory, and share strategies for how to address this tension when teaching sensitive material with diverse audiences.

Exhibitors
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Shannon Elliott

Shannon Elliott is an Education Specialist at the National September 11 Memorial Museum. She helps to develop and teach school programs for elementary through high school students, works with youth and family programs, and also develops materials and training for access programs at... Read More →
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Chelsea Schwerin

Chelsea Schwerin is an Education Specialist at the National September 11 Memorial Museum where she develops and teaches school programs for elementary, middle and high school students. In addition to teaching, she also works with youth and family programs and helps to develop and... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Morgan Cafe 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

1:15pm EDT

Babies, Caregivers and the Art Museum: Creating Inclusive Experiences
Engaging very young children in art museums can be challenging, and families and institutions alike may struggle with or shy away from such experiences. This poster presents a program designed to provide meaningful and positive experiences for babies (6-18 months) and caregivers in art museums, and an example of its successful implementation at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, U.K. Through compelling images and testimonials, this poster explains how the program was tailored for a gallery and its specific needs, responding also to broader contextual questions around early childhood explorations of art and education programs in museums. 

Exhibitors
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Marta Cabral

Marta Cabral is Artist-In-Residence and Research Fellow at the Rita Gold Center at Teacher College Columbia University. She specializes in artistic experiences and art education for early childhood, curriculum development and the teaching and mentoring of future educators. She teaches... Read More →
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Effie Phillips-Staley

Effie Phillips-Staley is a freelance museum educator and researcher and recent Community Engagement Manager at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, U.K. She specializes in gallery-based family learning, emergent curriculum design, qualitative research and visitor studies. She holds... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Morgan Cafe 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

1:15pm EDT

Blending Science and Social Studies by Examining Cultural Representations with Predators in Various Ecological Communities
Many educators from informal science institutions strive to teach basic science through an interdisciplinary approach, but not often does that approach include the intersection of natural history and cultural studies. WCS’s Predators: Biology & Conservation professional development course strived to showcase the importance of science and social studies, demonstrating to a diverse audience of teachers of various subject and grade bans that the intersection of those subject areas provides a unique and meaningful way of deepening student learning of the natural world. The planning processes and lessons learned will be highlighted in this poster presentation. 

Exhibitors
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Paloma Krakower

Paloma Krakower completed her MA in Environmental Conservation Education at NYU. She has combined her interests in wildlife and education by joining the WCS' Professional Development program. Before joining WCS she completed joint animal care/ education internships with Wildlife Rescue... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Morgan Cafe 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

1:15pm EDT

How to Get Them Through the Door: Reaching College Students in a College Museum Setting
The Museum at FIT receives 100,000 visitors a year. Despite being a college museum, a small percentage of those visitors are actual FIT students. This presentation will explore how The Museum at FIT’s education department created a college volunteer program to engage students within our museum

Exhibitors
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Faith Cooper

Faith Cooper is the education assistant at The Museum at FIT, where she previously served as a museum facilitator volunteer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and museum professions at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her past internship and volunteer experiences... Read More →
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Melissa Marra

Melissa Marra is the associate curator of education and public programs at The Museum at FIT, where she oversees and contributes to the educational programming for students (k-12 and college level), and assists with research for museum publications. Melissa recently co-authored the... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Morgan Cafe 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

1:15pm EDT

Intersecting Play, Community, and Technology to Support Early Learning: Storytelling with the Picture Dots App
SciPlay from the New York Hall of Science will discuss how the New York City community informed the design of an early childhood app, Picture Dots, which aims to facilitate playful intergenerational mathematics, science, and literacy conversations. This poster presents how SciPlay play-tested Picture Dots activities with diverse families at World Maker Faire in New York City, which inspired the creation of a preliminary learning activity guide. Presenters will engage the audience with a hands-on introduction to the app and discussion of its potential as a storytelling tool.

Exhibitors
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Rose Pozos-Brewer

Rose Pozos-Brewer earned her B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from Swarthmore College where she also received a minor in Spanish. At Swarthmore, Rose worked researching Educational Psychology focusing on interest and its intersection with motivation, engagement, and STEM learning. In... Read More →
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Laycca Umer

Laycca Umer, while working as a NYSCI Explainer, earned a B.S. in Childhood Education/Psychology, a NYS Teaching License, and a M.S. in TESOL from CUNY City College. Her research focused on subtractive bilingual education in High School ESL classrooms. During Summer 2015, she worked... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Morgan Cafe 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

1:15pm EDT

Programming Intersections: Haida Manga in the Museum
The Hall of Northwest Coast Indians is The American Museum of Natural History’s oldest hall— opening in year 1900. Although visitors were first welcomed more than 100 years ago, the hall remains as it first stood—preserving the revolutionary thinking of it’s curator Franz Boas, Father of American anthropology. For scholars, the hall is an artifact—and should be treated as such. For the visitor, the hall is dark, dusty, old. For the museum educator, it’s display and interpretation is outdated. AMNH reconciled these competing claims via impactful, on-site programming—intersecting the historical with the contemporary in “Artist in Residence: Haida Manga in the Museum” bringing the hall and it’s artifacts to life.

Exhibitors
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Soley Estevez

Soley Estevez graduated from New York University with a degree in Anthropology and will graduate this May with a master in Museum Studies – also at NYU. Over the past four years, she has worn a variety of hats at AMNH – volunteer tour guide, Hydroponic Garden Explainer, Charles... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Morgan Cafe 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

1:15pm EDT

Theory-Based Practice and Practical Theory: Exploring the Intersection of Abstract Theory and Museum Practice
Designed both for museum practitioners wondering about how to incorporate more theory into their day-to-day practice, as well as museum studies students with questions about how to make theory more approachable, this session, hosted by the NYCMER Student Peer Group, explores the intersection between abstract theories and on-the-ground practice. Current Museum Studies students will deliver brief summaries of their thesis research, sharing not only their specific research interests (ranging from early childhood education, the relationship between curators and education, to integrating national educational standards), but also their theoretical inspirations, and the practical applications of their research. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss questions they have about incorporating theory into their practice, and guided by our student panel, brainstorm solutions together.

Exhibitors
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Danielle Dong

Danielle Dong is a second-year graduate student at New York University in the Program in Museum Studies. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2014 and is now pursuing a career in museum education. Danielle... Read More →
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Alison MacKenzie

Alison MacKenzie a second-year student in New York University's Museum Studies graduate program, became interested in museum education through her coursework at NYU and through internships at the Strong National Museum of Play, The Morgan Library & Museum, and NYU. Alison's thesis... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Morgan Cafe 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

1:15pm EDT

True Stories Live: Who Can Afford to Work at Museums?
Listen and share your stories about the struggle to survive in the museum field, and how this impacts our work, open mic style! How can museums diversify staff and volunteers while relying on free volunteer labor? How can we reflect our audiences when museum pay does not reflect the NYC cost of living? BBG staff will share their changing volunteer program model, and how it has expanded the diversity of volunteers beyond retirees and those who can afford not to work. As a group, we will brainstorm creative solutions to the challenges museum educators or volunteers may face at our home institutions.

Exhibitors
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Ashley Gamell

Ashley Gamell is the Manager of Discovery Garden and Family Programs at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. In her work at BBG since 2006, Ashley has taught courses for children and adults, curated BBG's Education Greenhouses, coordinated its historic Children's Garden, and co-authored The Kids... Read More →
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Meera Jagroop

Meera Jagroop is the Discovery Garden Coordinator at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. She has previously been involved at BBG as an educator, and has helped with exhibit development and evaluation projects before the opening of the new Discovery Garden in June 2015. Meera was also an educator... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Morgan Cafe 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

2:35pm EDT

Better Together: Bridging the Gap Between Colleges and Cultural Institutions
For seven years the New-York Historical Society Education Department, Library Staff, and Fordham University History Department have collaborated on a radical attempt to break out the walls of the undergraduate classroom and open the doors of historical societies and museums in order to create unique educational opportunities for undergraduates. Join us for a lively discussion of the many ways colleges and cultural institutions can benefit from closer cooperation, the challenges we’ve faced along the way, and how to position your institution to engage with this oft-overlooked audience.

Speakers
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Maureen Maryanski

Maureen Maryanski is a Reference Librarian for Printed Collections at the New-York Historical Society. In this role, she coordinates all classes and group visits to the Library and regularly collaborates with museum education colleagues in the development and writing of programs... Read More →
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Dr. Roger Panetta

Dr. Roger Panetta is a Visiting Professor of History and Lecturer at Fordham University and Curator of the Hudson River Collection at the University Libraries. He holds a Ph.D. in American and Urban History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He served as... Read More →
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Allyson Schettino

Allyson Schettino has worked at a variety of institutions in her eight years in museum education. In her current role as Senior Manager for School Programs at the New-York Historical Society she manages a team of thirty part time educators and researches and writes all museum and... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 2:35pm - 3:35pm EDT
North Parlor 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

2:35pm EDT

Inclusion Programming: Bringing Together Visitors with Varied Needs
Many access programs throughout NYC successfully engage visitors with special needs. However, these programs are not as frequently scheduled as others and certain individuals with special needs may be overlooking beneficial programming that falls outside of the access banner. Leading museum educators have identified some of these problems and are pioneering initiatives that support Inclusion Programming. Inclusion Programming is a potential solution that breaks down walls and creates an intersection where visitors with and without special needs can meaningfully engage in museum galleries together. In this session, Danielle Hillanbrand will lead a Q&A panel with Danielle Linzer from The Whitney and Laura Sloan from The Rubin Museum of Art, and open up a discussion about the social impact inclusive programming has within museum spaces and the practicalities behind creating this form of engagement. At the end of the panel participants will venture into The Morgan Library’s galleries and practice an activity that can be utilized in inclusive programming and tours. 

Speakers
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Melanie Adsit

Melanie Adsit is a museum educator and access consultant who is dedicated to creating museum experiences for learners of all ages and abilities. Melanie has worked as a school, access and senior program educator at many local museums over the past 15 years, including the Whitney Museum... Read More →
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Danielle Hillanbrand

Danielle Hillanbrand is an advocate for special needs populations. In 2012 and 2015 she worked with the Sussex Consortium, a school for 200+ K-12 students with autism, behavioral disabilities, developmental delays, and physical impairments. In addition to being assigned to help in... Read More →
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Laura Sloan

Laura Sloan is the Assistant Manager of Docent Programs at the Rubin Museum of Art. Along with recruiting and training new docents, she ensures that current docents have the tools they need to lead incredible tours at the museum. This includes encouraging and teaching docents to use... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 2:35pm - 3:35pm EDT
Morgan Dining Room 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

2:35pm EDT

Inclusive Engagement: Modeling Teaching Strategies for Access Audiences
Taking place in the Morgan Library galleries, highly skilled access educators, who represent a range of institutions, will provide brief demonstrations of engaging specific access audiences through facilitated object-based learning. This session will model best practices for educating visitors who are blind or partially sighted, individuals with dementia and their caregivers, adults who are deaf or who have hearing loss, and children and adults who have developmental disabilities including autism. Following each example, presenters will explain their methods and teaching techniques. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions and discuss strategies at the conclusion.

Speakers
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Lyndsey Anderson

Lyndsey Anderson is the Manager of Volunteers for America Needs You, a nonprofit that provides transformative mentorship and intensive career development for ambitious, first-generation college students. She is also a freelance Museum Educator and Accessibility Consultant at various... Read More →
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Miranda Appelbaum

Miranda Appelbaum is the Assistant Director of Accessibility & Guest Services at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In that role, she implements accommodations and initiatives to increase accessibility for all visitors to Lincoln Center’s campus. Prior to this role, Miranda... Read More →
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Meredith Martin Gregory

Meredith Martin Gregory is currently the Special Education and Access Coordinator at the New York Transit Museum and has a Master’s Degree from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Art Education with a focus on Museum access. She has worked in education at the Chicago Children’s... Read More →
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Laurel Humble

Laurel Humble is Assistant Educator in the Department of Education at The Museum of Modern Art. She is currently responsible for the MoMA’s initiative to increase the participation of older adults in the Museum, called Prime Time. She is responsible for conducting comprehensive... Read More →
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Emmanuel von Schack

Emmanuel von Schack is the Coordinator of Access Programs at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York, where he works closely with different departments sharing the common goal of making the 9/11 Memorial Museum an accessible and inclusive space for visitors and employees... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 2:35pm - 3:35pm EDT
Morgan Stanley Gallery East 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

2:35pm EDT

Rethinking Quiet: How Do We Help All Learners Engage in Museums in Ways That Are Most Comfortable for Them?
As reflective practitioners we continually ask ourselves if the experiences we are designing truly are inclusive. This session focuses on introversion-extroversion as a starting point for considering the learning styles of all visitors. Starting with research by scholars and authors such as Katherine Schultz in her book “Rethinking Classroom Participation: Listening to Silent Voices”, work by psychologist Adam Grant, and information in Susan Cain’s bestselling book, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking”, among other relevant research in the fields of education and museum learning, we will open a discussion about how we can use our knowledge about best practices in the field, combined with this research, to better engage all visitors. 

Speakers
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Jennifer Kalter

Jennifer Kalter is Associate Museum Educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art overseeing programs and materials for families. Before joining the Met she was Director of Education at the Museum of Biblical Art; Manager of Adult Programs at the Jewish Museum; Director of Education... Read More →
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Monica Marino

Monica Marino is a museum educator with over ten years of experience teaching people of all ages in museums, and training future museum professionals. Over the last ten years Monica has worked in the education departments at the Brooklyn Museum, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 2:35pm - 3:35pm EDT
Gilder Lehrman Hall 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

2:35pm EDT

The NYCMER Digital Playground: Exploring New Tools for Creating and Distributing Digital Content in Museums
Many museum education departments across New York City experiment with the incorporation of digital tools into innovative and engaging learning programs. This session brings together several of these organizations to offer the first ever NYCMER Digital Playground. In an exhibithall style set-up, come learn about digital tools being explored across the city, explore what these digital tools afford for museum-based learning, speak with the educators innovating the future, and experiment with the technology yourself. Check out the latest in augmented reality, mobile game design, telepresence robotics, and more. 

Speakers
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Hannah Jaris

Hannah Jaris is a Senior Coordinator at the American Museum of Natural History where she develops, implements, and manages out of school time programs for New York City youth. With a background as a researcher in Molecular Biology and Environmental Science and Policy she enjoys working... Read More →
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Erica Kermani

Erica Kermani is Director of Community Engagement at Eyebeam, where she develops and produces project-based public programming around art, technology, social justice, access and openness, and youth development. In collaboration with other artists, technologists, and educators, she... Read More →
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Leigh Wells

Leigh Wells is Education Program Coordinator at the Museum of the Moving Image, where she works with the Museum’s education team to provide thoughtful and energetic education programs. While at MMI, Leigh has also developed and collaborated on curriculum and programming to introduce... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 2:35pm - 3:35pm EDT
Education Center 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

2:35pm EDT

Translating Power: Intersections Between Language, Hearing, and Identity
Our session will address the intersecting linguistic, sociocultural, and physical barriers students face in museums/cultural institutions and creating learning frameworks, pedagogical tools, and cultural competence to equitably engage these students or students who come from these households. These barriers are often isolated and approached separately, although ultimately these obstacles deal with issues of power, communication, and identity and often have intersecting and overlapping resolutions.

Through text, facilitated dialogue, and critical self-reflection attendees will gain an understanding of these audiences and most importantly gain tools to develop a foundation for meaningful experiences for learners with linguistic, cultural and physical diversity. 

Speakers
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Erin Hylton

Erin Hylton is a cultural organizer, social justice advocate, mentor, and artist who proudly hails from the Bronx, New York and currently works as School Programs Coordinator at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Her academic focus is on the importance of the arts to students, with special... Read More →
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PJ Gubatina Policarpio

PJ Gubatina Policarpio is a creative arts engager: curator, programmer, and educator. He brings passion and commitment in making art accessible for everyone, creating multiple opportunities for meaningful connections between people and artworks, especially addressing a diverse, multilingual... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 2:35pm - 3:35pm EDT
Mr. Morgan's Library 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

3:55pm EDT

Ask the Experts: Activating Your Museum Through a Younger Lens
Share your program ideas (current or wish list), ask questions about the future of museums, or pitch a crazy new concept—youth leaders from Park Avenue Armory, MoMA, and the American Museum of Natural History with extensive experience in designing educational programs and products are here to spark an invigorating conversation about our field. In this highly interactive experimental session, join an expert youth panel—recent college- and high school-age alumni of museum programs—to explore and activate the potential of cultural institutions.

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Barry Joseph

Barry Joseph is the Associate Director for Digital Learning at the American Museum of Natural History. Really. He sometimes has a hard time believing it himself. What an exciting time to explore the intersection of digital media and museum-based learning! In fact, his desk, on the... Read More →
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Chelsea Kelly

Chelsea Kelly is an art museum educator specializing in gallery teaching and museum technology. She is currently Youth Corps Coordinator at Park Avenue Armory. Previously, she was the Milwaukee Art Museum’s first Manager of Digital Learning, overseeing educational technology and... Read More →
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Calder Zwicky

Calder Zwicky is Assistant Director for Teen and Community Partnerships at the Museum of Modern Art. In this capacity, he oversees the Museum’s Community Partnership Program, which creates programming throughout New York City for a wide range of non-profit organizations and their... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 3:55pm - 4:55pm EDT
Morgan Dining Room 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

3:55pm EDT

Engaging New Audiences Through Playful Experiences
From pairing up strangers to master messy science experiments to transforming galleries into buzzing arcades, play offers visitors meaningful engagement with your institution. Play pops us out of our normal behavior patterns, allowing us to take part in authoring our own experience thus heightening our sense of engagement with both the subject matter and the institution. In this session we talk with the creators behind three different playful experiences about how we can use the mechanics of games and play to draw in and deeply engage new audiences. 

Speakers
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Jason Eppink

Jason Eppink organizes events and exhibitions about art, play, and vernacular culture at Museum of the Moving Image in New York City. His exhibitions include Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games, How Cats Took Over the Internet, and the Reaction GIF: Moving Image as Gesture... Read More →
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Dustin Growick

Dustin Growick has been an educator at the American Museum of Natural History. He’s currently the Audience Development Outreach Manager at Museum Hack.
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Matt Parker

Matt Parker is an Assistant Professor of the Arts at the NYU Game Center, as well as a practicing new media artist and game designer. As an artist, his interest lies in exploring the intersection of the physical and digital worlds. He's the founding Chair of IndieCade East. His work... Read More →
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Greg Trefry

Greg Trefry is a Partner & Designer for Gigantic Mechanic.


Monday May 2, 2016 3:55pm - 4:55pm EDT
Education Center 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

3:55pm EDT

Museum Workers Speak: One Year Later
On April 28, 2015, a diverse collaborative of activist museum workers called Museum Workers Speak (MWS) organized a “rogue session” adjacent to the AAM conference, in which over 75 museum professionals interrogated the relationship between museums’ stated commitments to social justice and their internal labor practices. This workshop transformed a moment to a movement, inciting a year of conversations and action. MWS amplifies the voices of everyday museum workers, elucidating shared experiences that are often silenced. This presentation draws from insights crowd-sourced from the MWS community, sharing strategies for how museum workers can co-create the equitable sector we envision.

Speakers
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Elissa Frankle

Elissa Frankle is a museum educator with broad experience across many areas of museum and historical society work in cultural and history-focused institutions. Her special focuses include digital learning, community engagement, expanding audiences, museums as catalysts for social... Read More →
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Alyssa Greenberg

Alyssa Greenberg is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History at UIC and a recipient of the University Fellowship and the Dean's Scholar Award. Her research interests include museum pedagogy and the museum as a site of activism. From 2011-2014, she worked as an education... Read More →
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Margaret Middleton

Margaret Middleton is a Boston-based designer and developer of playful learning experiences. A museum geek and queer activist, Margaret is interested in the intersection of design and social justice. Margaret writes and speaks about the importance of family inclusion in museums.
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Grace Torres

Grace Torres, as the Manager of School Programs at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), trains and manages a team of ten Teaching Artists and creates content for the Heckscher Digital Education portal on PAMM’s website. In addition to pursuing a Masters of Arts in Museum Studies... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 3:55pm - 4:55pm EDT
Gilder Lehrman Hall 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

3:55pm EDT

Principals and Paperwork: Challenges for Teachers Booking School Visits
One of the major intersections a museum has with the local community is through school visits. This workshop shines a light on the variety of challenges that teachers in K-12, university, and for-profit educational programs face when booking class trips to museums and cultural institutions. After a brief presentation on some common hurdles for school-based educators, participants will work in small groups to tackle some common challenges and discuss ways that they and their institutions can better connect with educators and engage with a wider variety of school audiences. 

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Jacqueline Novello

Jacqueline Novello has been a special education teacher in the New York City public schools for 9 years. She is a frequent participant in museum-based PDs and regularly makes use of museum resources and programming in her teaching practice. Most recently, Jacqueline was awarded a... Read More →
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Stephanie Zank

Stephanie Zank is currently an educator at the Museum of Chinese in America and a teacher of English as a Second or Other Language. She previously worked in schools and English language programs in Taiwan and South Korea.


Monday May 2, 2016 3:55pm - 4:55pm EDT
North Parlor 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

3:55pm EDT

Social Selves: Science, Art, and Co-Creating with People with Cognitive Disabilities
Social-emotional skills are crucial to academic success and personal growth and can be particularly challenging for learners with cognitive disabilities. Learn how museums and informal educators can use their engaging subject matter and unique settings to help children and adults with disabilities exercise problem-solving, self-expression, collaboration, self-regulation, and other social skills. Presenters will share how they have engaged diverse audiences with socialemotional learning (SEL) through their programs, resources, and exhibits. Participants will also break into small groups to brainstorm and workshop ways that they can support both the socialemotional and academic learning of visitors with cognitive disabilities in their own practice. 

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Rebecca Goyette

Rebecca Goyette is a Museum Educator for Community and Access Programs at the Museum of Modern Art and a visual artist. She has presented the artwork she has done with groups with disabilities in exhibitions at the MoMA Education Gallery including two shows with L.A.N.D. Gallery... Read More →
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Charlotte Martin

Charlotte Martin is Museum Educator for Access Programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. There, she oversees the Early Morning Openings for children with autism and their families, coordinates the Autism Advisory Council, teaches specialized programs for visitors with disabilities... Read More →


Monday May 2, 2016 3:55pm - 4:55pm EDT
South Parlor 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

5:00pm EDT

Concluding Reception at 5th & Mad
Enjoy one complimentary drink, and food, at 5th & Mad for the concluding reception to the conference. Conference committee members will lead the way to the reception, where you can continue mingling with your peers. Wear your name tag so we know who you are! 

Monday May 2, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
5th & Mad 7 E 36th St, New York, NY 10016
 
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