Member Spotlight:

Akash

Akash Sharma Daily Operations Specialist New York Hall of Science

Akash Sharma is an experienced STEM educator and museum professional who currently works at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI). Akash has been working at NYSCI since early 2010 and has been involved with Science Career Ladder, a youth development educational program focused on New York City youth.

Akash has been with NYCMER since 2014, starting as a member of the Conference Committee for two years. He now serves on NYCMER Board of Trustees and as the Website Coordinator. 

Akash is also a photographer and a tech enthusiast. You can connect with him on LinkedIn

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, please complete this form.  New peer group proposals are reviewed and processed every fall.

 

Peer Group Descriptions and Contact Information

 

Access    

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 Brigid Tuschen, Access Peer Group Coordinator- at btushen@gmail.com.     

         

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.

 

Artist/Educators

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.                               

 

Docents and Volunteer Supervisors 

Working with docents and volunteers can present its own challenges, uniquely different to the supervision of paid employees. This peer group seeks to bring together docent and volunteer supervisors from various museums and cultural institutions across New York City to learn from each other, share resources and ideas.

For more information please contact Laura Sloan, Docents and Volunteer Supervisors 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

 

Evaluation    

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

For more information please email James Liu- Evaluation Peer Group Coordinator.

 

Freelancers

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 and Andrew Coletti- Freelancers Peer Group Coordinators. 

 

Historic Sites

Historic sites offer specialized support to those interested in exploring New York's past and present.  This peer group serves educators working in a wide variety of cultural institutions including historic houses, libraries, and City, State, and Federal historic sites and would address the best practices for educators working for history organizations.

For more information, please email Maggie Weber- Historic Site 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 or Daniel Pecoraro- Internship Supervisors Peer Group Co-coordinators

 

Managers    

Join the Managers Peer Group to discuss topics of interest in a friendly, supportive, and honest environment, such as hiring; staff development, training, evaluation, and support; leading from the middle; careers; and other topics determined by the group. 

For more information, please email Brendon Murphy- Managers Peer Group Coordinator.

 

Museums and International Understanding

Join this peer group to discuss how museums can be used as forums to promote international understanding and cultural diplomacy.

For more information, please email Rebecca Armstrong- Museums and International Understanding Peer Group Coordinator. 

 

Outdoor Education

This peer group will explore the unique opportunities of outdoor spaces for informal education.  While outdoor spaces offer an unique setting for educational programming there can also be obstacles that other organizations do not have to manage.  This peer group will create a space for outdoor educators to come together to discuss programs, exchange ideas, and tackle challenges.

For more information please email Eliza Phillips- Outdoor Education Peer Group Coordinator.

 

Technology    

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 Mala Kumar- Technology Peer Group Coordinator.

 

School, Teacher, and Family

This peer group is dedicated to establishing long-lasting and fruitful connections between museum professionals, school teachers, and parents/caretakers in New York City. The group meets monthly at different sites including cultural institutions, schools, and alternative learning spaces to share and exchange effective practices, pedagogies, and theories. We explore equity, diversity, and inclusion within the educational landscape and invite diverse perspectives and voices. 

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

 

Students

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

The Students Peer Group is currently looking for a coordinator.  Please email info@nycmer.org if you are interested in this role.

 

Exhibitions 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- Exhibitions and Intrepretation Peer Group Coordinator.

 

Social Justice

A peer group dedicated to exploring ways we do, don't and could bring social justice into our museum work. This group will serve a space for programmers, managers, public events, curators, educators etc to reflect, imagine and inquire as to the potential of social justice thought and programming in museum spaces.  We will critically reflect on the museum structures we are a part of (our individual and collective roles) and on the other hand think about how we bring current events and community concerns into the museum.