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Akash Sharma Daily Operations Specialist New York Hall of Science

Akash Sharma is an experienced STEM educator and museum professional who currently works at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI). Akash has been working at NYSCI since early 2010 and has been involved with Science Career Ladder, a youth development educational program focused on New York City youth.

Akash has been with NYCMER since 2014, starting as a member of the Conference Committee for two years. He now serves on NYCMER Board of Trustees and as the Website Coordinator. 

Akash is also a photographer and a tech enthusiast. You can connect with him on LinkedIn

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Connect the Dots: Collection, Curation, and Education

Where: Explorer's Club
46 E 70th St
New York, NY

When:6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Workshop Organizer: NYCMER

In today’s ever changing world, there has been a significant increase in museums collecting as history is unfolding. This “rapid response” collecting continues to grow as curators, quite literally, take to the streets to gather objects and ephemera from events. NYCMER invites you to explore the connections between how these items are collected, ultimately displayed, and interpreted for and by audiences. We will also explore how institutions are addressing contemporary issues and events through public and educational programing, and in some cases, using existing collections to do so.

Join us for an evening of “rapid response” collecting and hear from museum professionals specializing in connecting the dots of collection, curation, and education. Participants will engage in a simulated collecting experience from a past Explorers Club expedition and discuss their process and reasoning for choosing specific artifacts. Presenters will then share with the group their processes, and identify strategies for responding to and addressing current events with their audiences. The evening will conclude with a moderated panel discussion with our speakers and a question-answer session.



Lauren Argentina Zelaya
Lauren Argentina Zelaya is a cultural producer, curator, and museum educator based in Brooklyn, NY. As Assistant Curator of Public Programs at Brooklyn Museum, Lauren curates and produces Target First Saturdays and other free and low-cost public programs that invite over 100,000 visitors a year to engage with special exhibitions and collections in new and unexpected ways. As a curator, advocate, and educator, Lauren is committed to collaborating with emerging artists and centering voices in our communities that are often marginalized, with a focus on film and performance and creating programming for and with LGBTQ+, immigrant, and Caribbean communities. In her spare time she hosts a bi-weekly radio show celebrating creatives in Brooklyn and is a screener for the Brooklyn Film Festival. Known and respected equally for her nail art and her fierce commitment to bringing art and culture to the people, Lauren was named one of Brooklyn Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in 2018.


Luke Boyd
Luke Boyd is a public historian, actor, and museum professional. As a living historian Luke has brought personages of the American past to life, including Stephen Douglas, the "Little Giant." In addition to his public performances, Luke has been published in the Connecticut History Review and Matthew Warshauer’s  edited volume, Inside Connecticut and the Civil War: Essays on One State's Struggle. Luke joined the Memorial in 2014, and served as one of the first interpretive guides during the museum's opening. He currently serves as an Assistant Manager of Interpretive Programs and is, tasked with training new docents and interpretive guides.


Alexandra Krueger
Alexandra Krueger is the Manager of Museum Affairs at the New-York Historical Society. She received her BA with honors in Art history with a minor in Business Management from Marymount Manhattan College. She has had roles within the museum field in the areas of curatorial, collections, and digital media at institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Most recently, Alexandra completed a semester as one of the fall 2017 New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows.


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