Member Spotlight:


Corinne Flax Manager of School and Community Partnerships Bruce Museum

Corinne is the Manager of School and Community Partnerships at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich CT. She has a BA in Art History from Drew University and an MSA in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education. Corinne has worked as an educator at several non-profit institutions in the New York City, including Wave Hill, theTransit Museum, MoMA, Guggenheim Museum and the Children's Museum of Manhattan.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

This Space Is (Not) For Me: Visitor Encounters in Museum Design

Where: Museum of City of New York
1220 5th Ave
New York, New York

When:6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Workshop Organizer: NYCMER

Join us for a complimentary tour at 5:30pm. Please meet in the main lobby to attend the tour.


Explore the impact of architecture and design on museum visitors and how educators can harness, address, and mitigate these effects in their teaching and planning. An interpretive exhibition developer and museum educator, will moderate a discussion among an educator, designer, architect, and psychologist. From the shapes of rooms to the placement of doorways to the hierarchy of object placement, the speakers will address how the spaces in which we work and teach can affect emotion, provoke behavior, encourage learning, perpetuate or break down barriers, and spark curiosity. Join NYCMER for this dynamic conversation, and leave with tools to make the most of the unique spaces in which we welcome visitors.



Hana Elwell, Vice President of Exhibits and Education at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.



‚Äč- Christina Ferwerda, Exhibit Developer, Audience Advocate.

- Jeremy Johnston, Art Advisor and Principal, Darling Green Inc.

- Joel Sanders, Principal, Joel Sanders Architect; Professor, Yale University.

- Steven Stroessner, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Psychology, Barnard College.


Event Host:

EY Zipris, Assistant Director, Frederick A. O. Schwarz Education Center, Museum of the City of New York.



All public areas of the Museum are wheelchair accessible. A ramp-accessible entrance is located on 104th street between 5th and Madison. 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 October 19th, 2018.


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Speaker Bios:

Hana Elwell, Vice President of Exhibits and Education at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Hana Elwell is an interpretive exhibition developer and a museum educator. In her current position as the Vice President of Exhibits and Education at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum she oversees school and public programs, exhibits, and collections. She is passionate about making museum engagement relevant and resonant for visitors and committed to building community through programs and exhibits that reflect community perspectives and voices. Previously, she worked as a project manager and content developer at Ralph Appelbaum Associates on projects including the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, the Natural History Museum of Utah, National Women's History Museum, and Smithsonian Museum of African Art. Hana holds an MA in Museum Anthropology from Columbia University, and a BA in Cultural Studies from Eugene Lang College at the New School.


Find Hana on Instagram: @bcmkids & on Twitter: @brooklynkids


Christina Ferwerda, Exhibit Developer, Audience Advocate

Christina consults with selected design firms, museums, educators and organizations to develop exhibits, curriculum, and programs. In the early stages of a project, Christina develops the concept, structures goals, identifies target audiences, and lays the groundwork for research. She develops content into compelling story lines that attract target user groups and engage them in multiple modes of learning.

Christina is an audience advocate, drawing extraordinary user awareness from her considerable experience as an educator and curriculum developer in New York City. She holds a M.S. Ed. in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education and a B.S. in Visual Communication from Marquette University.


Jeremy Johnston, Art Advisor and Princpal, Darling Green Inc.

Art Advisor, Jeremy Johnston, is the Curator of the AXA US art collection. He is responsible for the display, care and interpretation of over 2000 works of art within AXA’s office locations in the US. In this role, he has created a program of events and tours to actively engage AXA employees with the arts in their communities and managed projects and relationships with American museums and art institutions, helping AXA in it’s ongoing support of the arts.

Jeremy is a curator and designer with over 15 years of experience in arts administration. Prior to becoming Curator of the AXA US art collection, he was Assistant Director of the AXA Gallery in New York and has helped manage AXA’s art collection since 1998.

Jeremy is also co-founder and principal designer for Darling Green Inc., a design and consulting practice for art institutions and collectors. Darling Green has completed recent projects for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, Performa 15, American Folk Art Museum, and Museum for African Art.


Find Jeremy on Instagram: @darling_green_studio


Joel Sanders, Principal, Joel Sanders Architect; Professor, Yale University

Joel Sanders is the Principal of JSA and Professor at Yale School of Architecture where he is Director of the M.Arch II Program. Editor of STUD: Architectures of Masculinity and Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture, Sanders’ writings and practice explore the complex impact that evolving cultural forces have on the designed environment. JSA has received numerous awards, including six NY Chapter AIA Design Awards, three NY State AIA Design Awards, three Interior Design Best of Year Awards, two ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards, and Design Citations from Progressive Architecture.


Find Joel on Instagram: @joelsandersarc and on Twitter: @joelsandersarchitect


Steven Stroessner, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Psychology, Barnard College

Steven J. Stroessner is a Professor of Psychology at Barnard College. He holds BAs in Psychology and Social Work from Hope College in Holland, Michigan and a PhD in Social/Personality Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Historically, his research has examined cognitive and motivational aspects of stereotyping and prejudice. He has published extensively on social categorization and the utilization of stereotypes in judgment. More recently, he has turned to the study of the social perception of non-social entities, ranging from basic perceptual experiences (shapes, sounds, movements) to interactions with robots. Much of this research was initiated during a recent stint as a Senior Research Scientist at Disney Research. He also founded, a website designed to disseminate information about best practices for attenuating stereotype threat in applied environments.


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