Member Spotlight:


Gary Garrido Schneider Executive Director Grounds For Sculpture

Gary Garrido Schneider is an artist and educator. He is current Executive Director at Grounds for Sculpture. Previously he served as Deputy Director at the Montclair Art Museum (NJ). He has over 18 years administrative and teaching experience working with a broad range of audiences working  in museums, colleges, K-12 schools and community non-profits including Studio in a School, Brooklyn Museum, Parsons School of Design and the Associated Blind. His professional interest is in the learning that occurs in informal settings and through interaction with objects and places. He has a B.F.A from Parsons School of Design with an art education concentration through Bank Street College. Artist website

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.