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Alexa

Alexa Fairchild Local Program Director Turnaround Arts: New York City

I direct Turnaround Arts: New York City, a program of The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in partnership with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities that transforms priority schools through the strategic use of the arts. For ten years, I ran school programs at the Brooklyn Museum, leading a talented team of educators and hosting kids and teachers for fun, engaging gallery experiences. My professional life includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Museum Education Roundtable and contributing as a peer reviewer to its publication, the Journal of Museum Education. I'm an advisor to the Women's International Leadership Program at International House and ArtWorks NYC, and I served two years as president of the New York City Museum Educators Roundtable. I've worked at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (U.B.C.) in my hometown of Vancouver, Canada; Lower East Side Tenement Museum; and Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. My graduate degrees are from Bank Street College of Education (M.S. in Ed.) and U.B.C. (M.A. in Art History). And when I'm not geeking out about the arts and education you’ll find me careening down the side of a mountain, on skis or a bike, depending on the season. I tweet as @alexainbrooklyn.
 

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.

 

Moderator:

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

 

Panelists:
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

 

Follow @NYCMER and participate using #NYCMERequity.

 

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Accessibility:

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 info@nycmer.org by Monday, February 27, 2017.

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