Member Spotlight:


Alexa Fairchild Local Program Director Turnaround Arts: New York City

I direct Turnaround Arts: New York City, a program run by The Kennedy Center 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.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Work? Life? Work-life? Planning Your Career Path

Where: Brooklyn Museum
300 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York

When:12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Workshop Organizer: NYCMER

Spring has sprung! Ready for a new lease on your career?


Join us for an event which incorporates two inspiring sessions focused on your personal brand and what makes you a unique employee. The program will start with reflection and creativity through a vision board activity with healer, educator, and artist Adaku Utah. Visualize your strengths and how they can align to the career you wish to have. Share your findings with others in the field in an energizing and fun space. Following a break for mingling and refreshments, put your plans into action with a panel on different career paths and how to advocate for yourself. Join Rhonda Schaller from Pratt Institute and Dan Hancock from Gulliver's Gate as they provide constructive advice and feedback on how to grow in your profession, refocus, and take the next steps within your career. Discussion will focus on career path planning and developing language to advocate for promotions and projects to achieve your goals.



Adaku Utah was raised in Nigeria armed with the legacy of a long line of freedom fighters, farmers, and healers. Adaku harnesses her seasoned powers as a liberation educator, healer, organizer, and performance ritual artist as an act of love to her community. Alongside Harriet Tumban, she is the co-founder and co-director of Harriet's Apothecary, an intergenerational healing collective led by Black Cis Women, Queer and Trans healers, artists, health professionals, activists and ancestors. For over 12 years, her work has centered in movements for radical social change, with a focus on gender, reproductive, race, and healing justice. Currently she is the Movement Building Leadership Manager with the National Network for Abortion Funds. She is also a teaching fellow with BOLD (Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity). She has been recognized as a 2017 Essence Magazine Woke 100 Change Maker.


Rhonda Schaller is an artist, author, and educator. She is the author of Create Your Art Career (2013/Allworth Press) and Called or Not, Spirits are Present (2009/Blue Pearl Press), Starting Your Career as an Artist (chapter 5. 2011/Allworth Press) and Mindful Eye: Transformative Pedagogies in the Visual Domain (chapter 10, expected 2018/Common Ground Publishing). A Visiting Associate Professor and Director, Center for Career & Professional Development at Pratt Institute, founder of the Meditation Incubator project; Director, Schaller + Jaquish Art Projects; Founder, Create Meditate. Cofounder of Ceres Gallery, NYC and was a board member/faculty of the New York Feminist Art Institute. Permanent collections include Memorial Art Gallery University of Rochester & Dartmouth University Medical School.


Dan Hancock is the Head of Experience at Gulliver’s Gate. He brings over 15 years of experience leading multidisciplinary design and production teams to create compelling visitor experiences for major institutions and corporations. Past clients include the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of American History, DARPA, Coca-Cola and Mediaocean. His past projects range from museum exhibitions and hands-on learning centers to immersive corporate brand environments and the implementation of new brand strategies.



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 by Thursday, April 19, 2018.


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