Member Spotlight:


William Elliston Curator of Education / Prospect Park Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society

Bill is an experienced science educator and team leader, having worked at many leading education organizations including the Brooklyn Children's Museum, the ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center, and the American Museum of Natural History. His early experiences growing up in the Ohio countryside fostered an enduring connection to ecology, conservation, and the natural world. 
Bill has developed curriculum for fieldwork and classroom learning, conducted multiple research and evaluation projects for science-education institutions, has a background in general interpretation, strategic planning, and successfully managed multiple teams of educators to inspire a love of science and commitment to stewardship in people of all ages.Currently, Bill works as the Curator of the Education Dpt at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Prospect Park Zoo.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Lessons in Equity from Culturally-Specific Institutions: Beyond the "Target Program"

Where: Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street
New York, NY

When:5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Workshop Organizer: NYCMER

In recent years, museums have been called to diversify their audiences and staff. Last month’s Museum magazine, for example, dedicated an entire issue to “Equity in the Workforce.” Too often, however, well-meaning institutions seeking to tackle “diversity” launch culturally-specific programming that caters to a specific demographic for a day or month, but fails to address underlying inequity.


Culturally-specific institutions offer more sweeping models of inclusivity that have been challenged and refined in response to their constituents over decades. In this panel, four culturally-specific institutions will discuss their histories, lessons learned and best practices beyond the “target program” including: democratizing curatorial narratives, understanding and building trust with disparate communities, and approaching personnel as policy.


Join us from 5:30-6:00 for gallery exploration, snacks and refreshments based on MoCA’s special exhibition, “Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy: Stories of Chinese Food and Identity in America.” The featured program will begin at 6pm.



Stephanie LaFroscia, Arts Program Specialist at New York City Department of Cultural Affairs


Nancy Yao Maasbach, President of the Museum of Chinese in America
Shanta Lawson, Education Director at the Studio Museum in Harlem
Joy Liu, Education Specialist at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York
Isra el-Bishar, Curator of Education and Public Programming at the Arab American National Museum


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All public areas of the Museum are wheelchair accessible. NYCMER is committed to providing opportunities for all of our members to participate in our programs and engage with one another. Should you require any accessibility services, please contact by Monday, February 27, 2017.

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