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Elysia

Elysia Segal Actress / Costumed Interpreter New York Transit Museum

Elysia Segal is an actress, Senior Costumed Interpreter at the New York Transit Museum and a board member of the International Museum Theatre Alliance. She has written and performed as numerous historical characters including a citizen-scientist from 1880, a train conductor from 1917, a journalist at the 1964 World's Fair, and a personification of the iconic "Madonna of the Trail" statues. She has also created a number of educational family shows on topics such as the history of Grand Central Terminal, electricity in the subway (Time Warner grant recipient), the MTA's Music Under New York program, and even an Epic Rap Battle about weather preparedness and sustainability!

No stranger to interactive science and history, Elysia has also performed at the Bronx/Central Park Zoos, led ghost tours through Greenwich Village, played characters at Disney World and won first place at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair. A graduate of NYU Tisch, she has additionally performed in numerous musicals, films and theatrical workshops and is a member of AAM, IMTAL, DAR, Actors' Equity and SAG-AFTRA. ElysiaSegal.com

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.

 

Members, please remember to log in before you RSVP:

If you have forgotten your NYCMER account password, you may retrieve it here.

 

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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