Member Spotlight:


Laura Sloan Manager of Docent and Access Programs Rubin Museum of Art

Laura Sloan is the Manager of Docent and Access Programs at the Rubin Museum of Art. She completed her M.A. in Museum Studies from The City College of New York and has been involved with the Rubin since 2011. She is interested in ways that museums can be engaging and restorative spaces for people of all abilities. Laura manages monthly Access programs for visitors with Alzheimer's/Dementia and their caregivers, tours for visitors who are blind or have low vision, and monthly tours and programs for seniors. Laura recruits and trains museum educators ensuring that they have everything they need to lead incredible tours at the museum including ongoing trainings and professional developments.

NYCMER Annual Conference
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
May 13, 2019
Teachers College, Columbia University


This year’s theme is “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” In celebration on NYCMER’s 40th anniversary, we will reflect on our successes and challenges to consider future opportunities for innovative change.


As we look back through our own history, we must ask ourselves: What are the most effective practices in museum education that you have found to be timeless since NYCMER's beginnings? Which of our practices today are set apart from the past? What changes are needed to promote a more sustainable and equitable museum sector? Most importantly, how can we implement these lessons learned to inform our best future?


The NYCMER Conference Committee and Board welcome proposals that broach questions of museum and programmatic responsiveness and action in terms of practice, education, and discourse in this point in our history. Proposals should be inspirational and aspirational, and include practical application and implementation strategies.


Proposals should be submitted via Google Form by midnight on Friday, January 25, 2019. Please refer to the proposal guidelines when preparing your application.


Receipt of proposals will be confirmed via email by Sunday, January 27.


The Conference Committee will make final decisions regarding sessions by Friday, February 15. At that time the Session Chair of each selected session will be notified and will be paired with a Conference Committee member who will work as a moderator/facilitator. The Conference Committee reserves the right to recommend combining sessions and adding presenters as appropriate.


Need Help With Your Session Idea? If you have a session idea to share and would like to partner with other museum professionals on your proposal, contact NYCMER Vice President Dawnette Samuels.



The 2019 NYCMER Annual Conference is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.