Member Spotlight:


Paul Orselli President and Chief Instigator POW! (Paul Orselli Workshop, Inc.)

I’m an instigator, in the best sense of that word. I like to mix up interesting people, ideas, and materials to make exhibits. I run my own company called POW! (Paul Orselli Workshop, Inc.) on Long Island.

Check out my website or my ExhibiTricks blog!

Peer Groups offer NYCMER members the opportunity to gather with colleagues and explore topics of shared interest.


Peer Groups are a NYCMER membership benefit and meet throughout the year. We invite non-members to attend one peer group meeting to learn more about NYCMER. A schedule of upcoming meetings can be found on our event calendar


To find out more information about peer groups or to join their email lists, login to the member zone and select "peer groups." To suggest a new group, email the Secretary and Peer Group Liason.


Peer Group Descriptions and Contact Information



The Access Peer Group is a forum for museum education colleagues interested in accessibility.  The goal of the group is to be a convener for best practices, professional development, and resources.                 

For more information please email  Lara Schweller- Access Peer Group Coordinator.


Adult Programs        

Join us to discuss all aspects of adult programs production from conception to evaluation.  Monthly sessions provide opportunities to talk about best practices and resource sharing among peers.  

For more information please email Suzanne de Vegh- Adult Programs Peer Group Coordinator.



The NYCMER Artist/Educator Peer group is open to anyone interested in discussing teaching artist practice and the intersection between contemporary art and museum education.

For more information please email Claudia Dishon- Artist/Educators Peer Group Coordinator.                               


Early Childhood                 

Join the Early Childhood Peer Group to exchange ideas about audience development, program evaluation, pedagogy, professional development, programs for early childhood, family audiences, and more.

For more information please email Laura Kujo- Early Childhood Peer Group Coordinator


English Language Learners & Cultural Diversity

The English Language Learners & Cultural Diversity Peer Group supports museum educators in better serving the huge variety of linguistic and cultural communities in the NYC area.  

For more information email Stephanie A. Zank- ELL & Cultural Diversity Peer Group Coordinator



Join the Evaluation peer group to learn new ways to create and deliver effective program evaluation.

For more information please email Marina Guiomar- Evaluation Peer Group Coordinator.



Join the Freelancers Peer Group to exchange ideas about good work practices, challenges, and difficultities of freelancing, as well as future events that would be beneficial to the freelancing community.

For more information please email Charissa Ruth- Freelancers Peer Group Coordinator.


Internship Supervisors   

Interns can be teenagers or graduate students.  Internships can be a gateway to the museum field or provide exposure to the fields within the museum professions.  Some of us supervise interns as one of the many roles in museums; for others, it is the sole focus.  Join us for investigations and discussions.

For more information please email Barbara Cohen-Stratyner- Internship Supervisors Peer Group Coordinator



Join the Managers Peer Group to discuss solutions to the unique challenges facing managers.

For more information please email Erin Shaw- Evaluation Peer Group Coordinator.


Museums and International Understanding

This peer group is currently looking for a coordinator. If you are interested in bringing colleagues together to discuss how to create and deliver effective program evaluation please email



This peer group meets regularly to discuss the ways in which technology can be used to foster public engagement and make administration more effective and efficient.

For more information please email Ja’nell Ajani- Technology Peer Group Coordinator.


School and Teacher

This peer group is dedicated to establishing long-lasting and fruitful connections between schools, teachers, and museums, based in the city of NY.  It is a networking platform designed for education professionals who wish to be informed aout permanent and temporary museum educational programs, activities, and events.  The group fosters interaction between museum educators and education departments in a two-fold effort to grow and share best practices, and to keep schools and teachers updated on corresponding exhibits/programs.

For more information please email Zahra Ahmed and Kirsten McNally- Co-coordinators of the School and Teacher Peer Group



Students Peer Group is designed to support students at the college and graduate level who are studying museum education or any related fields.

For more information please email Hannah Heller- Students Peer Group Coordinator


Exhibits and Intrepretation

This Peer group will serve people working directly in the field of Exhibit Development, and those interested in developing their careers in this niche of museum work. However, it also offers the opportunity for educators who may be asked to write labels, create maker spaces, or develop hands­on tools to hone those skills and make connections with a supportive community. With that in mind, it could create a professional network for a wide range of museum professionals at early, mid-­level and accomplished stages of their careers.

For more information please email Christina Joy Ferwerda- Exhibits and Intrepretation Peer Group Coordinator