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Ellysheva

Ellysheva Zeira Education Assistant for Access Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Ellysheva is a Senior Educator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum (LESTM), where she gives public tours of the historic tenement, walking tours, facilitated discussion tours, as well as tours to school groups from across the country and around the globe. She is also involved in the creation and implementation of new tours, programs and polices. Before her time as an educator at the LESTM, she worked as a research intern for the LESTM's Education Department.  She also currently works as an office manager for a small executive search firm. Ellysheva has a Bachelor's Degree in English and American Literature as well as History from New York University. She is originally from New Hampshire and currently lives in Brooklyn. 

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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