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Join a Peer Group!

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 suggest a new group, please email info@nycmer.org for more information. New peer group proposals are reviewed and processed every winter.

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. 

The Access Peer Group is currently without a coordinator. For more information on leading the Access Peer Group, please email info@nycmer.org.

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.  

The Adult Programs Peer Group is currently without a coordinator. For more information on leading the Adult Programs Peer Group, please email info@nycmer.org.

Artist/Educators

This peer groups serves teaching artists as well as practicing artists working as educators in museums, schools, and other cultural organizations. In this group, we will address the challenges of balancing work as an artist with teaching responsibilities, share strategies for engaging students with all types of experience making art, and discuss other issues at the intersection of contemporary art and informal education. You need not be teaching directly from an art practice to share your experiences with the group. We will have diverse monthly meeting that will include: lively discussions, guest speakers, studio shares, and field trips. Come to the Artist/Educators peer group and connect with your fellow artist educators.

For more information please contact Vera Sheehan, Artist/Educators Peer Group Coordinator. 

Book Club

NYCMER Book Club is a new monthly series to meet and network with your fellow museum and arts & culture professionals while reading and discussing current articles, journals, trends, and more in the field. NYCMER Book Club is free and open to anyone who is interested in participating in the conversation.

We are currently looking for a NYCMER Book Club Coordinator. Please reach out to info@nycmer.org if you are interested.

Docents, Intern and Volunteer Mentors and Supervisors 

This peer group is open to all museum professionals who coordinate internship or docent or volunteer programs in any professional capacity. Working with docents, interns, and volunteers can present its own challenges, uniquely different from the supervision of paid employees. Join us for investigations and discussions to bring together docent, intern, 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 Barbara Cohen Stratyner, Docent, Interns, and Volunteer Mentors and Supervisors.

This peer group is seeking a co-coordinator. For more information on how to co-coordinate this group, please email info@nycmer.org.

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, including people learning English as a new language (ENL/ELL).

For more information email Jennifer Rolenz, ELL & Cultural Diversity Peer Group Co-coordinators.

Evaluation    

Mention the word ‘Evaluation,’ and chances are anxiety levels will rise and palms will sweat. But it doesn’t have to be that way! The Evaluation Peer Group is intended to serve any educational professional who has been tasked with answering “Were we successful?” in program design and delivery. Join us as we explore and share best practices in evaluation — from strategies and methods to tools and techniques. 

For more information, please email Amanda Nichols, Evaluation Peer Group Coordinators.

Exhibitions and Interpretation

Join the E&I peer group to share ideas as we discuss a wide range of topics, such as interactive exhibit design, the latest tech, and how to tackle sensitive material in interpretation. Meetings alternate between site visits for a close look at exhibits, and casual happy hour meet-ups for networking and discussion. For professionals at all stages of their careers.

For more information, please email Victoria Lewis and Rachel Kate Miller, Exhibitions and Interpretation Peer Group Co-coordinators.

Historic Sites

Historic sites offer specialized support to educators working in a wide variety of cultural institutions of all sizes including historic houses, libraries, and City, State, and Federal sites. 

In 2019, we will use our NYCMER Peer Group colleagues to delve into diverse issues including assessment, social justice, best practices for Outdoor Sites, and costumed interpretation.

For more information, please email Maggie Weber, Historic Site Peer Group Coordinator.

K-12 and Family Programming

This peer group provides a space for museum professionals and teachers to share best practices and explore resources that will help us enhance our work with K-12 students and families both at our sites and off our sites.  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 Julia Mushalko, K-12 and Family Programming Coordinator.

Managers    

One of the causes of employee dissatisfaction is related to how a person is managed. From micromanaging to macromanaging, a manager must find the balance that works best for their team in order to thrive. Join us as we start the discussion of efficient managerial practices and how to be an effective leader. Throughout the year we will tackle topics such as diversity and inclusion, managing up, down, and across, the art of giving fruitful feedback, and much more. This group is open to all museum professionals who manages staff, interns, volunteers, project, or a mixture of all four.

The Managers Peer Group is currently without a coordinator. For more information on leading the Managers Peer Group, please email info@nycmer.org.

Outdoor Education

This peer group will explore the unique opportunities of outdoor spaces for informal education.  While outdoor spaces offer a 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 Lhana Ormenyi, Outdoor Education Peer Group Coordinator.

Queer Peers

How out can we be at work? How do we approach LGBTQ+ stories in our programming? What are the best practices for handling questions from students? What steps do we take to be more inclusive and visible to our audiences? Together we aim to answer these questions and support our community. This peer group seeks to provide a safe space to share ideas and best practices, experiences, and opportunities to pilot programs around the LGBTQ+ experience and how allies could support and amplify his work.

For more information, please email Michael Stevens, Sam Ginsberg, and Roberto Chavez, Queer Peers Peer Group Co-coordinators.

Regional Meet Ups

Regional Meet Ups is a new monthly series for our NYCMER membership and other museum professionals to have casual, intimate, and fun opportunities for folks in the field. Our regional coordinators will be from across NYC and the surrounding metro area and will be curating casual experiences to explore the many cultural gems that the NYC Metro Area has to offer. Examples of Meet Ups would be attending public programs followed by a coffee outing, attending opening events at museums followed by happy hour, and whatever you can dream up as a fun experience for museum folks to explore. 

We are seeking Regional Meet Up Coordinators for Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. We have interested individuals for Manhattan, Brooklyn, and North Jersey. We are also open to coordinators for other areas served by the NYCMER membership. For more information on leading a regional meet up, please email info@nycmer.org.