Member Spotlight:

Olivia

Olivia Kalin Museum Educator Wave Hill

Olivia is dedicated to offering museum visitors experiences that empower them to connect with art and nature on a personal level. While pursuing her master's degree in Art History and Art Museum Education at the City College of New York, Olivia is a Museum Educator at Wave Hill. In this role, she leads nature-based visits for schools and camp groups, and develops and leads two annual art-making workshop series and the summertime program Stories in the Garden. Prior to joining the Wave Hill team, Olivia was Curator of Education at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, where she organized educational programs for audiences of all ages, managed and lead training workshops for a corps of over 60 docents, and lectured on museum education for several Purchase College classes. Prior to this position, Olivia worked with Robert Motherwell's Dedalus Foundation and the Museum of Modern Art's teen programs, where she began her training in museum education.  Olivia earned her BA in Art History and French from Drew University, and attended the Teaching Institute in Museum Education (TIME) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently NYCMER Ex-Officio.

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 info@nycmer.org.

 

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.                 

This Peer Group needs a coordinator.  Please email info@nycmer.org if you are interested.

 

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 (NEW!)

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. 

 

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

 

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. 

This peer group needs a coordinator.  Please email info@nycmer.org if you are interested.

 

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 info@nycmer.org.

 

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.

This peer group is currently looking for a coordinator.  Please contact info@nycmer.org if you are interested.

 

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.

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

 

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