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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.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Unpacking Identity: Museums, Race, and Education

Where: Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Pkwy
Brooklyn, NY

When:3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join NYCMER’s advocacy committee for an afternoon focused on unpacking race and identity, facilitated by Keonna Hendrick and Marit Dewhurst. This program is open to anyone interested in the personal work of self-reflection with regard to race and identity. We will collectively engage in a workshop surrounding critical inward focus, our respective and diverse spheres of influence, and concrete actions to engage with moving forward. In the studio and galleries of the Brooklyn Museum, the afternoon will be an intensive experience including dialogue, break out groups, and object based learning. All are welcome, including folks in advanced and beginning stages of doing this work. 
"Silence, in the face of racism and injustice, is complicity. While some may want to believe that museums are neutral spaces, they are far from that. It is our responsibility—as educators committed to creating more just and equitable societies—to understand how our daily practices might actually enable White supremacist (and heteronormative, patriarchal) thinking. And while the work that must be done can feel overwhelming at times, we just cannot be afraid to start.” 
- Dewhurst, M. & K. Hendrick. (2016) “Dismantling Racism in Museum Education.” Journal of  Folklore and Education, (3). 25–30. 
Keonna Hendrick is the recipient of the 2019 National Art Education Association’s National Museum Education Art Educator Award, Hendrick is recognized as a leading voice in the fields of museum education and art education. She currently serves as School Programs Manager at the Brooklyn Museum, where she leads a department of skilled and empathetic educators in facilitating experiences that invite learners to expand their understanding of themselves and the world.
Marit Dewhurst is the Director of Art Education and Associate Professor of Art and Museum Education at The City College of New York. Prior to joining the faculty at CCNY, she directed The Museum of Modern Art’s free studio art programs for teens. She co-founded the Museum Teen Summit to promote youth participation and access in museums. She is the author of Social Justice Art: A Framework for Activist Art Pedagogy and Teachers Bridging Difference: Exploring Identity Through Art.


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