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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.
 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Career Growth in Museum Education

Where: Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, New York

When:6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Workshop Organizer: NYCMER

Description:

In a field without a clear career ladder, and in which “moving up” often means moving out or sideways, how can museum education professionals craft a clear message and pitch their skills honed both in and outside the workplace?

 

NYCMER invites museum educators at all levels of experience and from all branches of the field to workshop their narratives and resumes in a supportive space. Hear from Claudia Ocello, one of the authors of the recent American Alliance of Museums blog post “Leaving the Museum Field,” who will share findings from a recent survey of museum professionals regarding why people leave (and stay in) the field, as well as explore strategies to address these issues on a personal, professional, and institutional level.

 

The program will include several opportunities to put those strategies into action. Participants will engage in an exercise to assess job descriptions in support of both those posting and seeking positions. Through discussion groups facilitated by leaders in the field, we will collaboratively develop personal narratives, identify strengths, brainstorm skill development outside of current positions, and discuss how to create supportive work communities. The program will close with an opportunity to peer review resumes, and all participants are encouraged to bring an updated resume or CV.

 

Speaker Info:

Claudia Ocello: Currently President & CEO of Museum Partners Consulting, LLC, Claudia has over 25 years’ experience in exhibition development, education, evaluation, and accessibility. Previously she worked full-time at Save Ellis Island, Inc; The New Jersey Historical Society; and The Barnum Museum, CT. A former classroom teacher, Claudia earned an MS in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education and has won awards from AASLH, AAM, and the NJ Association of Museums for excellence in exhibitions, programs, and practice. Ever grateful, she “pays it forward” by teaching in Seton Hall University’s MA in Museum Professions Program and volunteering on the board of the Education Committee of AAM. Learn more at www.museumpartnersconsulting.com and @museumptnrs.

 

Claudia recently co-authored “Leaving the Museum Field” for the American Alliance of Museums Alliance Labs blog with Sarah Erdman (@CabinetofCurios), Dawn Estabrooks Salerno (@dawnesalerno), and Marieke Van Damme (@joyfulmuseums).

 

Accessibility:

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, November 20.

 

Stay Connected:

Share your thoughts about this program before, during and after via #NYCMERcareer. Follow @NYCMER for updates about this and all other NYCMER programs. 

 

 

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