Member Spotlight:


Keonna Hendrick Brooklyn Museum

Keonna Hendrick is a cultural strategist and educator, who creates cultural equity through art. Her teaching, writing, and strategic planning centers on commitment to providing all audiences with educational experiences that promote critical thinking, expand cultural perceptions, and support self-actualization.

In 2014 she co-founded SHIFT, a collective of cultural workers engaging in critical reflection and accountability for shifting their practice as educators, administrators and artists toward anti-oppressive feminist paradigm.

Keonna currently manages ArtsConnection’s Teen Reviewers and Critics Program, which provides teens with free access to art events. Her work extends to Brooklyn Museum, MoMA, NYCMER, Museum Hue, and Classical Contemporary Ballet Theatre. She holds a B.A. in History and Studio Art from Wake Forest University and a M.A. in Arts Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Rock Your Next Conference Presentation: Strategies for Engagement

Where: Central Park Zoo, 64th St and 5th Ave, New York, NY 10021

When:6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Workshop Organizer: NYCMER

Conferences and other professional development workshops provide opportunities for participants to learn about top trends in the field or even to share their own expertise with others. But presenting isn’t easy. How often have you attended a conference session, only to leave trying to figure out what the main goal or takeaway was? As a presenter, do you sometimes have trouble thinking through an engaging way to share your ideas and findings in a 60-minute conference session? Being a conference presenter is essential to career growth, and being a great facilitator will only make you and your subject more memorable. NYCMER is bringing together three leading experts on conference presenting and audience engagement in a moderated conversation, to help you discover best practices and tools for providing effective conference sessions or professional development. Walk away with a fresh look on facilitation, session structure, audience engagement, and takeaway tools.


Meet the experts:

Sheri Levinsky-Raskin, moderator, Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum.
Sheri Levinsky-Raskin is the assistant vice president for research and evaluation at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, current Chair of EdCom (AAM’s professional education network), a proud past president and conference chair of NYCMER, and adjunct faculty for museum studies graduate programs at New York University and Seton Hall. An active contributor to the museum field since 1996, Sheri has presented 30+ sessions at regional and national professional conferences and webinars / webcasts as panelist, moderator, and facilitator, and has published articles in the Journal of Museum Education, MUSEUM, and Exhibition, as well as a chapter in Out-of-School-Time STEM Programs for Females (2017).


Find Sheri on Twitter at @MusEdNyc.


Rachel Ropeik, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Rachel Ropeik is a museum adventurer currently serving as the Manager of Public Engagement at the Guggenheim Museum. She believes in museums as community hubs where both traditional and new techniques can help everyone feel comfortable, inspired, and surprised, so she works toward equity and experimentation to accomplish that goal.

She's also worked at the Brooklyn Museum, MoMA, and the Met in New York; Dulwich Picture Gallery and The Courtauld Gallery in London; Smarthistory/the Kahn Academy online; and several high-end educational travel companies.


Find Rachel on Twitter, @TheArtRopeik, and on her website


Sarah Pharaon, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
As Senior Director, Sarah leads Coalition efforts in building a global community of practice through training, consultation and resource development. She directs the Coalition’s work in North America leading two national dialogue initiatives, From Brown v Board to Ferguson and the National Dialogues on Immigration. Sarah consulted on Eastern State Penitentiary’s Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration and created programming for the 2018 Americans exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian. Prior to the Coalition, Sarah worked as Director of Education at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and was the founding curator of the Arab American National Museum. She is a consulting expert on dialogue, community engagement and telling marginalized stories for the National Park Service and serves on the Leadership Council for the American Association of State and Local History as well as the Council of American Jewish Museums Advisory Council.


Find Sarah on Twitter, @SBPharaon.


Interested in proposing for the NYCMER Annual Conference?

We encourage you to submit a session proposal for NYCMER’s Annual Conference, taking place on Monday, May 13, 2019. This year’s theme Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, will allow us to reflect on our successes and challenges to consider future opportunities for innovative change. We are looking for proposals that broach questions of museum and programmatic responsiveness and action in terms of practice, education, and discourse in this point in our history. Proposals should be inspirational and aspirational, and include practical application and implementation strategies.


- Proposals should be submitted via Google Form by midnight on Friday, January 25, 2019. Please refer to the proposal guidelines when preparing your application.

- Receipt of proposals will be confirmed via email by Sunday, January 27, 2019.

- The Conference Committee will make final decisions regarding sessions by Friday, February 15, 2019.



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 Tuesday, January 15.


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