Speaking/Thought Leadership

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

  • Visitor Experience Conference (Philadelphia)
  • AAAM Teaching Museum Activism
    • Museum Activism in the Classroom and Radical Progressive Museology in Museum Studies Programs.  This session will explore the academic perspectives of an instructor, practitioner and student within the museum activism space, based off of the Harvard course Museums Public Programs and Social Change.

    • No Longer Hidden Figures: Making yourself visible in the museum career marketplace  In 2016, we presented to the American Alliance of Museums that diverse applicants are not that hard to find. This panel presents the flipside; How can we, as diverse museum workers of color make ourselves visible? Both in the marketplace and in our institutions. How do we take an active and present stance to press forward the importance of diverse hiring practices at all levels of museum employment, while still doing our jobs.
  • Museum Camp at Santa Cruz Mah – Counselor

Recent Past Speaking Engagements

  • Association of Art Museum Curators – Keynote Dialogue [Announcement | Web site]
  • National Council on Public History (Indianapolis)
  • PAVE Symposium (Arizona)
  • American Alliance of Museum (St Louis)
  • Telling Untold Histories Unconference (Newark)

Public Programs

  • Marymount Manhattan College Art of Speech – Art of Speech was a panel discussion of artists who utilized their artistic practice as forms of speech during the 2016 presidential election.
  • Columbia University Teachers College The Socially Responsive Museum: Dialogue in the African Diaspora – Focusing on the commonalities and differences in two African-Diasporic communities on the island of Jamaica and in the United States, participants learned about how students recovered and preserved the history associated with these communities and used them to create compelling works of art.

Exhibits

The Art Is Ours

“The Art Is Ours” space invites artists and members of Portland’s African American communities to engage with the more than one hundred artworks on view in this exhibition, using selected works as a springboard to consider their own “constructing identity.” Throughout the duration of this exhibition, selected artists will lead workshops that connect groups with the artistic expression, voices, and stories on view in the galleries.  Participants will develop creative responses across a range of artistic media, and these responses will be displayed in this gallery. In addition, additional voices will be included in this gallery through community-authored statements and personal responses, inviting members of the Portland community to find intersectionality between their lived experience and the works presented in Constructing Identity.  The overall goal of “The Art Is Ours” project, artist programs, and gallery is to center the creativity of Portland’s African American communities and bring agency to these voices in interpreting Constructing Identity in their own words and making meaning from this exhibition in their own ways.

Say Her Name: Women Martyrs & Movement Builders

‘The Future is Female’ in this feminist focused pop up centering women as makers, martyrs and movement builders, surrounding the social justice mandates of the day. Worldwide women are speaking up, standing up and acting up to address root causes of misogyny, mass incarceration, wage gaps, climate crisis, environmental, political, social injustice and so much more. This exhibit is organized around the ways, women are using a diverse array of visions and strategies to shape a healthy and equitable world for their sisters and themselves.

Protest Garden

The Protest Garden is an audience centered anthropological exploration into righteous rebellion, channeling passionate reactions that bubble forth when people ‘Take it to the Streets’! Showcasing the best ungovernable community response in the form of signs, photos, archives, artifacts, media and chants that arise during marches and movement work; the installation is thematic and explores the memories of everyday people organizing their dissent.

Movement Is Rising: Journey of #BlackLivesMatter

Movement is Rising curates the current and archives the now in response to the incessant human rights abuses of people of color and dehuminization of black lives. The exhibit showcases artivism (Art + Activism) and creative resilience birthed out of the Black Lives Matter movement with vibrant paintings, posters, illustrations and multimedia to keep us steadfast in seeking justice and equity.

 

Fellowships

  • Race Forward: Racial Equity in the Arts Fellowship – 2017
  • Pauli Murray Think Tank Symposia: Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice – 2017
  • 651 Arts: Home in the Time of Brooklyn Think Tank – 2017
  • Cool Culture: The Lab for New Audiences Fellow – 2016
  • American Alliance of Museums: Getty Leadership Diversity Conference Fellow – 2015
  • NYCT: Cultural Agenda Equity Fellow  – 2015
  • CCCADI: Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellow – 2015
  • National Arts Strategies: Creative Community Fellow 2015
  • We Are All Brooklyn: Community Leadership Fellow – 2014
  • Edward I Koch Community Engagement Fellow HHT NYC – 2013 – 2015
  • Mobilize.org: Mobilizer Academy Fellow DC -2013

Boards

  • The Justice Fleet – 2017
  • Peoples Cultural Plan of NYC & POC Arts Advisory Board – 2017
  • Leap NYC: Public Art Benefit Advisory Board – 2017
  • Emerging Leaders of New York Arts: Advisory Board – 2016/17
  • New York City Museum Education Roundtable Board – 2015/16

Graduate Professor

  • Assistant Professor – Pratt Institute: Museums Community and Culture & NYU: Museums & Social Justice / Fall 2017
  • Adjunct: Harvard University / Master in Museum Leadership / Museums, Public Programs & Social Justice / Fall 2016
  • Johns Hopkins University / Master in Museum Studies / #MuseumsAreUS Graduate Intensive Capstone Course / Winter 2016
  • Guest Lecturer: University of the Arts / Master in Museum Communication / Museum Governance Course / Fall 2016
  • Guest Lecturer: Borough of Manhattan Community College / Bachelors in Education / Culturally Competent Edu Course / Fall 2016
  • Guest Lecturer: Harvard University / Master in Museum Leadership / Governance & Historic House Museums / Fall 2016
  • Guest Lecturer: Harvard University / Master in Museum Leadership / Museums & Technology Course / Spring 2016
  • Guest Lecturer: Pratt Institute / Masters of Library & Information Science / Museums & Digital Culture Course / Fall 2015 & 2016