Member Spotlight:

Corinne

Corinne Flax Manager of School and Community Partnerships Bruce Museum

Corinne is the Manager of School and Community Partnerships at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich CT. She has a BA in Art History from Drew University and an MSA in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education. Corinne has worked as an educator at several non-profit institutions in the New York City, including Wave Hill, theTransit Museum, MoMA, Guggenheim Museum and the Children's Museum of Manhattan.

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.

         

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

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 email Karen Adelman and Tricia Riske, Artist/Educators Peer Group Co-coordinators. 

 

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 and 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 educatorional 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 Ife Abdus-Salam, Evaluation Peer Group coordinator.

 

Exhibitions and Interpretation

If you work in exhibition development or are interested in the field, the group is for you. Share ideas in a supportive community as we discuss a wide range of topics, such as interactive exhibit design, the latest museum tech, and tackling sensitive material in interpretation. Site visits to diverse museums and exhibits, as well as causl happy hour meet-ups, foster networking and collaboration. For professionals at all stages of their careers. 

For more information, please email Victoria Lewis, Exhibitions and Interpretation 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 Erin Salthouse, Freelancers Peer Group Coordinator.

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.

 

LGBTQ+ and Allies 

 

This peer group seeks to provide a safe space to share ideas and best practices, experiences, and opportunities to pilot programs around the LGBTQ+ experiences and how allies could support and amplify this work. 

 

For more information, please email Michael Stevens, LGBTQ+ and Allies Peer Group Coordinator.

 

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 Brendan Murphy- Managers Peer Group Coordinator.

 

Mentors and 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

 

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. 

Museum Theatre and Costumed Storytelling 

Join this peer group to discuss how museums can be used as forums to promote international understanding and cultural diplomacy. Through group discussions and site visits, we will focus on representation, awareness, empathy, international leadership and programming in museums and exhibitions. This group is welcome to all, and provides a great platform for discussing best practices and contemporary and historical issues while staying up to date on current shows and programs around New York City and beyond. Past site visits have included the Ukrainian Museum, Museum of Chinese in America, MoMA, and more.

For more information, please email Cassie Wood-Triplett, Museum Theatre and Costumed Storytelling

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 Oremenyi, Outdoor Education 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 Julia Mushalko, School, Teacher and Family Peer Group Coordinator

Social Justice

Join this peer group to explore ways of incorporating social justice into our museum work. We will meet regularly to reflect on best practices and devise strategies that can challegne injustices and create opportunities for systemic change. This peer group will offer a space to reconsider various museum structures, including our individual and collective roles, programming and content, especially when building and sustaining relationships with our communities in light of current events that necessitate immediate action. 

For more information, please contact Sejin Park, Social Justice Peer Group Coordinator.

Students

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 Batren and Sierra Van Ryck deGroot, Students Peer Group Co-coordinators.

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 Rachel Miller, Technology Peer Group Coordinator.