MASS Action Participant Bios

Melanie A. Adams will join Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) as senior director, guest experiences and educational services.  In this position, Adams will provide executive leadership for the management of visitor experiences and educational services at MNHS, including the development and delivery of engaging and relevant exhibits and educational programming across the organization. Adams has been managing director of community education and events at the Missouri Historical Society since 2005, where she was responsible for more than 700 social, cultural and educational programs.  Spending more than 20 years in the St. Louis region, Adams was active in community organizations and served as an appointed member of the St. Louis Public Schools for nine years.  Dr. Adams received her B.S. from the University of Virginia, M.ED from the University of Vermont, and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-St Louis with an emphasis in critical race theory.

Shaelyn Amaio has been a public experience advocate since her days operating rides as a teenager at an amusement park in Connecticut. She will bring her experience in project management, museum education, strategic planning, and exhibition development to her new role as a producer of public programs and community engagement at the New York Transit Museum. Previously, she has worked in a variety of museums, design firms, and consultancies in New York, New England, and Alabama.

Annie Anderson is the Senior Specialist for Research and Public Programming at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she interprets America’s past and present prison systems. She is a cultural historian who studies race, gender, sexuality, liberation movements, vice, crime, and morality.

Swarupa Anila is director of interpretive engagement at the Detroit Institute of Arts. She leads a team of interpretive planners in the development of overall interpretive plans, texts, hands-on and multimedia components designed to help visitors have memorable, challenging, and meaningful experiences with art. Key issues she pursues in interpretive planning practice include examination of whose voices and perspectives are missing in museum interpretation and how to integrate visitor voices to flatten museum and art historical knowledge hierarchies. Swarupa has worked in the field of interpretation for 17 years and has developed award-winning interpretation for the DIA’s permanent collection and special exhibitions, including Through African Eyes, 1500 to the Present, winner of the American Alliance of Museums’ 2012 Excellence in Exhibition Award. She currently serves on the editorial advisory board for Exhibition -- journal of the National Association for Museum Exhibition.

LaTanya S. Autry is a Ph.D. candidate in the art history department at University of Delaware. She studies art of the United States, photography, and museums. Her dissertation, The Crossroads of Commemoration: Lynching Landscapes in America, analyzes how communities and individuals memorialize the history of lynching violence in the built environment through sculptural monuments, historical markers, and performances. While she completes her dissertation, she works as a curatorial fellow at Yale University Art Gallery. Her upcoming exhibition, Let Us March On: Lee Friedlander and the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom, will be on view at Yale January 2017 – July 2017 and then will tour multiple U.S. venues. LaTanya advocates for greater diversity and inclusion in art museums. At the 2015 CAA ThatCamp she facilitated the session #BlackLivesMatter Teach-In: Dismantling Anti-Black Racism in Visual Culture. In addition to leading workshops on the role of race in museums, she co-organizes The Art of Black Dissent, an interactive dialogue-centered pop-up exhibition/public program spotlighting twentieth and twenty-first century visual culture of the African-American liberation struggle. LaTanya shares her passion for the arts on social media platforms such as Twitter, WordPress, Flickr, and Pinterest under the digital handle Artstuffmatters.

Sina Bahram is the founder of the accessibility firm Prime Access Consulting (PAC). Sina has a strong background in computer science, holding undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field. Sina collaborates on innovative and user-centered solutions to meaningful problems. In 2012, Sina was recognized as a White House Champion of Change by President Barack Obama. In 2015, the international accessibility community recognized Sina as an Emerging Leader in Digital Accessibility.

Dina Bailey is the CEO of Mountain Top Vision, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia, a consulting company that focuses on supporting change management within organizations in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and strategic planning in order to further audience engagement. Prior to becoming the CEO of this company, she was employed as the Director of Educational Strategies for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and as the Director of Museum Experiences for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Ms. Bailey holds an undergraduate degree in Middle and Secondary Education, a graduate degree in Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation, and a graduate certification in Museum Studies. She has been published in both the formal education and museum fields. Dina is proud to be on the council of the American Association for State and Local History, the board of the Association of African American Museums, the board of the Next Generation Men, and the Issues Chair for the American Alliance of Museums EdCom. Dina can be reached at dina@mountaintopvisionllc.com and she tweets from @DinaABailey with a focus on human rights.

 

Joy Bivins is director of curatorial affairs at the Chicago History Museum where since joining the staff in 2002 she has collaborated on diverse exhibition projects such as Teen Chicago; the Chicago installation of Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America; Facing Freedom in America; Railroaders: Jack Delano’s Homefront Photography; and Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair. Bivins has presented her work at the annual meetings of the American Alliance of Museums, Association of African American Museums, and the Costume Colloquium in Florence, Italy. She is co-editor of and contributor to the Inspiring Beauty catalog and has contributed to the Journal of American History, Chicago History, and NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art. A native Chicagoan, Ms. Bivins received her Bachelor’s degree in Afroamerican Studies and History from the University of Michigan and earned a Master’s degree in Africana Studies from Cornell University.

Janeen Bryant A catalyst for building innovative solutions with community centered focus for both education and museums since 2000, Janeen Bryant is an inter-sectional educator, facilitator and nonprofit leader based in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She presents across the country on topics ranging from authentic community building, creating relationships across difference, attracting new audiences, empathy in museums and critical conversations for internal development.  While serving as Vice President of Education she conceptualized, designed and implemented the Listening Sessions model used by the Levine Museum in projects including Without Sanctuary, LGBTQ Perspectives on Equality and most notably on the Latino New South Project that ultimately became NUEVOlution. As a community engagement specialist, she has consulted for rural, urban, and international nonprofits in regions such as New York, North Carolina, Philadelphia, Birmingham, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Zaña, Peru. Later, as the Regional Director, she helped create and sustain a network of educational leaders spanning the Southeast. Janeen Bryant specializes in crafting proactive strategies guiding institutions to address shifting demographics with responsive leadership that strengthens long-term vision, cultural competency and empathy.

Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell is an education specialist with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. She curates participatory public programs focusing on social justice issues, which allow museum audiences to share their own ideas and strategies towards equity. Before coming to NMAAHC, she contributed to the launch of the Women, Arts, and Social Change initiative at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, as the public programs coordinator. There she advanced feminist advocacy and brokered diverse and creative collaborations between the museum and local activist and arts leaders.  Before that she served as an adjunct professor with P.G. College, and as a community advocate with P.G. County Arts and Cultural Heritage. Early in her career she served as operations manager at the David C. Driskell Center, where she wore many hats in programming, management, and research. She serves as Co-chair of the DC Chapter Executive Committee for ArtTable, Inc. She is also an independent curator.

Elisabeth Callihan is the Head of Multi-Generational Learning at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, where she leads a team that develops innovative, audience-centered programs connecting communities with the museum’s collections. Before coming to Mia, she served as the Manager of Adult Programs at the Brooklyn Museum, where she was responsible for an expansive portfolio of exhibition-based programming, including the community-driven Target First Saturday series. Prior to that role, she served as Manager of Public Programs and Public Relations at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. She holds a BA in Art History from the University of Evansville; an MA in Fine and Decorative Art from Sotheby’s Institute London; and a certificate in French Language & Culture from the Institut Catholique in Paris.  She is the co-founder and project manager for MASS Action.

Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko has been working in museums for more than twenty years, and has been a museum director since 2001. Prior to joining the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine as president/CEO in 2009, Cinnamon was the director of the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum in Crawfordsville, Indiana where she led the organization to the National Medal for Museum Service in 2008. A passionate advocate for museums – their successes and their needs – and small museum expert, she is a frequent presenter at national museum meetings and is often asked to comment on national museum issues. Cinnamon served as a board member and later as treasurer for the American Association for State and Local History (2008-2014) and was the founding chair of their Small Museums Committee. She is a board member of Maine Humanities Council and a member of the Smithsonian Affiliates Advisory Council. In 2015, Cinnamon was elected to the American Alliance of Museums board of directors.  That following year, Cinnamon became treasurer of the AAM and serves on their strategic planning committee and is a liaison to the Council of Regions. She is also a passionate community volunteer. Cinnamon serves as President of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, is the former vice president of the Hub of Bar Harbor, and is a current board member of the Island Housing Trust. She also serves as chair of the Acadia Night Sky Festival steering committee. In 2004, the Indiana Historical Society published Cinnamon’s first book The Art of Healing: The Wishard Art Collection. She is the co-editor of the Small Museum Toolkit, a six book series, published by Altamira Press in 2012. In addition to editing, she authored the chapters on strategic planning and fundraising tactics. Her recent book, Museum Administration 2.0, a popular textbook, was published in July 2016 by Rowman & Littlefield. Cinnamon holds a BA in anthropology and art history from Purdue University, and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) MA program in anthropology with a specialization in museum studies. She is a 2004 graduate of the Seminar for Historical Administration and joined as a faculty member in 2014.

Lauren L. Causey is a Senior Evaluation and Research Associate at the Science Museum of Minnesota, where she leads research studies within the museum’s Science Learning Division. At the museum, she uses qualitative techniques to understand various topics related to racial equity, including engagement with visitors from underrepresented groups, and professional development for local K-12 teachers. Prior to her role at the museum, she earned a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota--Twin Cities, with a focus in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction.  She holds an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a focus in Language and Literacy, and a B.A. from Howard University, where she majored in English. She was a member of the 2015 cohort of the Association of Science-Technology Centers Diversity and Leadership Fellowship Program, and in 2013 she was a recipient of the Buckman Fellowship for Leadership in Philanthropy, via the University of Minnesota. She began her career in the children’s publishing industry at Scholastic Inc., and has published chapters and articles about diversity within children’s literature. She is a native of New Orleans, La.

Makeba Clay is a dynamic and engaging leader who has shared her expertise with educational institutions, community organizations, foundations, private sector corporations, as well as local, state and international agencies of all sizes, to assist them in building their diversity, inclusion, and talent management capabilities. Based in Washington, D.C.,  Makeba has worked effectively with institutions to develop and deliver training and organizational assessments for senior executives, mid-level supervisors, and entry level staff to build and sustain a more inclusive workforce. For over 20 years, Clay has held leadership positions at some of the nations’ most premier higher education institutions, including: Princeton University, University of Maryland-College Park, and Johns Hopkins University and as chief diversity officer at the College of Southern Maryland. She also served as a consultant to the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art. She owns a mid-sized management consulting firm that focuses on human capital development, diversity inclusion strategy and organizational change. Makeba is the past national president of the Association of Black Women in Higher Education and currently serves on the Advisory Boards for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Sherrill’s Promise, Inc., Future Next Corporation, the International Education Fund, Inc.  She has also served on numerous boards and advisory councils including The Maryland Roundtable for Diversity, Princeton in Africa, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Council on Education Network, The Maryland Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Service, Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore, and Aunt Hattie’s Place, Inc., a residential center for neglected and abandoned young boys. Makeba received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany, and a Master of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University.  She is a certified mediator and holds professional certificates Development Dimensions International and also from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. She was awarded grants for and also founded both the Diversity Institute of Charles County and the Community Mediation Center. Makeba is a notably sought out speaker, trainer, and consultant who has presented keynote addresses, lectures and workshops at local, state, national and international conferences on issues related to diversity and inclusion, educational equity, women’s leadership, social justice, and organizational change. She is also a philanthropist who actively pursues opportunities to be civically engaged in humanitarian causes in both her local community, as well as other parts of the world. In her spare time, Makeba enjoys international travel, culinary arts, interior design, special event planning, spending time with family, mentoring young girls and women, and reading on a wide range of topics.

 

Elon Cook is humanities director of the Robbins House in Concord, Massachusetts, which interprets the life of a formerly enslaved African American Revolutionary War Veteran and three generations of his descendants, including farm laborers, and racial justice advocates. She is also the program manager and curator for the Center for Reconciliation and its future slavery museum. She is a genealogist and Brown University trained public historian who uses workshops, interpretation trainings, walking tours and exhibitions to engage the public with forgotten or erased elements of American history. Elon loves engaging the public with difficult historical narratives, and changing minds one conversation at a time.

V. Gina Díaz is a doctoral student in the Department of American Studies at the University of New Mexico, an undertaking she began while working as the Senior Curator at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum. Previously she worked as the Education Director at the Hayward Area Historical Society in the San Francisco Bay Area, and as a Museum Assistant with the California Indian Heritage Center (State Department of Parks and Recreation). She has also done worked on different projects at the Smithsonian Institution Latino Center. Gina completed an M.A. in Museum Studies at John F. Kennedy University in 2005, during which she benefited from the support of the Western Museums Association and the American Association of Museums. Her interdisciplinary doctoral research, for which she has received support from the Ford Foundation, is about critical museum studies; feminist and queer art; and cultural politics in the Americas.

Omar Eaton-Martínez is a museum professional, scholar, coalition builder and outreach specialist. He currently works for the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. In the past, he has been a U.S. Park Ranger, K-12 Teacher and an informal educator. He speaks publicly on organizational inclusion, Afro Latinx issues and professional development.

Ashley Fairbanks is an Anishinaabe woman and citizen of the White Earth Nation, and the Director of Narrative & Network Building at Voices for Racial Justice.  Outside of her job at Voices, Ashley is public artist and interdisciplinary designer. Working with a cohort of artists that do racial justice popular education and organizing, Ashley seeks ways to creatively innovate social-change work. Her most recent work includes a bicycle-driven mobile museum called Spoke that does disruptive history at contested sites. Ashley attended the University of Minnesota to study American Indian studies and Political Science, and has completed Intermedia Arts Creative Community Leadership Institute, NACDI’s Native Organizing and Leadership Institute, The Humphrey School’s Roy Wilkins Community Policy Fellowship and is a 2016 Forecast Public Art Emerging Public Artist Grantee.

Priya Frank is the Associate Director for Community Programs at Seattle Art Museum where her focus is on partnerships, community building, and equity related initiatives. Previous work at LUCID Lounge, UW Bothell, UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity and the UW World Series have influenced her passion and heart for this work. Priya is a member of the Seattle Arts Commission, a board member of Tasveer and On the Boards, and is a member of Leadership Tomorrow’s class of 2015. She holds a B.A. in Communications and American Ethnic Studies from University of Washington Seattle and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from University of Washington Bothell.

Ben Garcia is Deputy Director of the San Diego Museum of Man where he stewards decolonization initiatives and supports the Directors of Exhibits, Education and Public Engagement, Collections, and Operations. Prior museum experience includes six years in the Education Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum, three years as Associate Director of Education at the Skirball Cultural Center and three years as Head of Interpretation at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley. He has presented and published on the museum’s role in learning, public value and social change and volunteers with the Adoption Museum Project.

Karleen Gardner is Director of Learning Innovation at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) and leads strategic initiatives and experiments in learning and interpretation. Through programs, tours, studio classes, and community partnerships, her team creates engaging art experiences that are accessible and relevant for audiences of all ages and abilities. She has been at Mia since 2012 and in the museum education field for 15 years.

Alyssa Greenberg is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a museum professional interested in how museum education, facilitated dialogue, and community engagement can advance social justice. She is a founding member of the #MuseumWorkersSpeak movement.

Gamynne Guillotte is the Director of Interpretation and Public Engagement at The Baltimore Museum of Art, where she is responsible for the planning and realization of interpretive spaces, gallery resources, and public programs. Her most recent major project is the Joseph Education Center and its inaugural exhibition Imagining Home.

Radiah Harper is a leading museum educator and senior level professional and consultant with extensive experience creating and developing successful community, school, public, art and art history, and diversity programs. Based in New York City, she has strong, focused leadership and teaching skills with long term experience in collaborating with other professionals and institutions.

Keonna Hendrick is a cultural strategist, educator and author who promotes critical thinking, expands cultural perceptions, and supports self-actualization. Based in New York City, she is the co-founder of SHIFT, a collective of cultural workers engaging anti-oppressive feminist professional and personal development. She is also co-creator of multicultural critical reflective practice, a professional development model that supports educators in becoming more culturally inclusive. During her tenure at the Brooklyn Museum, Keonna oversaw the Museum Education Fellowship Program (formerly Museum Education Internship Program) where she provided mentorship and training in gallery teaching to emerging professionals. Keonna continues to provide professional development to educators in museums and classrooms nationally, including ArtsConnection, Museum of Modern Art, New York City Museum Educator Roundtable, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Crow Collection of Asian Art.

 

Gretchen Jennings has worked in museums for over 30 years. She was a project director on traveling exhibitions Invention at Play and Psychology, both of which received the American Alliance of Museums’ awards of excellence. She was Editor 2007-14 of the journal Exhibitionist. For the past five years she has traveled to India every other year to teach museum professionals in Kolkata. Based in Washington, D.C., she blogs at Museum Commons, is a founder of The Empathetic Museum project, and a member of the Museums & Race initiative.

Mischa Kegan is an artist / musician, organizer, and youth worker from Minneapolis. Mischa graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree of arts in 2008 where he focused on printmaking and sculpture. After college Mischa lived in Chicago where he focused on his artistic practice and became politicized. Soon after, he moved to Seoul, South Korea where he taught English before settling back in Minneapolis in 2010. Upon arrival back in his hometown, Mischa began working as cook, a screen printer, and organizing with Community Action Against Racism before he reconnected with the Walker Art Center’s Teen Programs. Mischa now coordinates the Walker Art Center’s Teen Arts Council, which he was a part of as a high school student. Mischa continues to create and focus on social change through youth work and the lens of art.

Patricia Lannes has worked in the fields of visual literacy and museum education for over 20 years. Based in New York City, she brings a bicultural, multilingual and immigrant perspective to her work. Lannes regularly consults for institutions that want to address issues of equity, community inclusion, cultural participation and institutional change. She is the Founder and Director of CALTA21 (Cultures and Literacies Through Art for the 21st Century), an initiative that trains art museum, community based organizations and higher education professionals in engagement and empowerment strategies for new museum audiences through a shared-authority and asset model. She presents in regional, national and international conferences and addresses issues of visual literacy, civic dialogue, culture and language, family literacy, audience development, immigrant and minority empowerment and institutional partnerships. Prior to founding CALTA21, Lannes was the Director of Education at the Nassau County Museum of Art, NY.  She is Past-Chair of the Latino Network, American Alliance of Museums and was nominated as a White House Champion of Change, an award that recognizes Americans with innovative ideas who are making a difference in their communities.

Christine Lashaw has worked at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) for 17 years, developing exhibits with community members. As a member of OMCA’s collaborative exhibit development team, she leads conversations and designs activities with diverse, local communities. She is committed to engaging museum visitors with exhibits built around voices and stories that reflect their own experiences. She has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design.

Alyssa Machida is the Interpretive Specialist at the Detroit Institute of Art.

Margaret Middleton is an independent exhibit designer in Providence, Rhode Island, interested in the intersection of design and social justice. Margaret is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design's industrial design program, a member of the Museum Education Roundtable board, and a co-chair for the New England Museum Association Professional Affinity Group for Exhibitions. Margaret is also a queer activist and advocate for family-inclusive museum practice. You may have seen Margaret's Family Inclusive Language chart in the American Alliance of Museums’ publication, Museum or the National Association for Museum Exhibition’s journal, Exhibition.

Monica O. Montgomery is the Founding Director of the Museum of Impact, the world’s first mobile social justice museum. Based in New York City, she leads MOI in working within communities to amplify grassroots movements and social issues, at the intersection of art and activism. She is also the Co-founder and Strategic Director of Museum Hue, a platform advancing the visibility and viability of professionals of color, in museums, arts, culture and creative careers.

Porchia Moore is a 5th year doctoral student at the University of South Carolina researching the role of race and structural racism in cultural heritage institutions, Moore is also currently a consultant at the Columbia Museum of Art and works on various projects and community-based initiatives withHistoric Columbia Foundation.

Sage Morgan-Hubbard is the Ford W. Bell Fellow for Museums & P-12 Ed at the American Alliance of Museums in Washington D.C. She is an artist, poet, activist & educator. She was the Youth Programs Coordinator at the National Museum of American History, Academic Partnership Coordinator at Columbia College Chicago & a teaching artist throughout Chicago & DC, instructing youth from Pre-K through college. She has a BA in Performance Studies “Socially Conscious Arts of the Everyday” & Ethnic Studies from Brown & a MA in Performance Studies from Northwestern. (smorganhubbard@aam-us.org)

Mike Murawski serves as Director of Education & Public Programs at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon and Founding Editor of ArtMuseumTeaching.com. Mike earned his MA and PhD in Education from American University in Washington, DC, focusing his research on educational theory and interdisciplinary learning in the arts.

Rose Paquet Kinsley is a doctoral student at the University of Washington’s Information School. Kinsley has a background in museum work and completed a MA in Museology from the University of Washington. She is the co-creator and co-facilitator of the The Incluseum, a project and blog aimed at encouraging social inclusion in museums.

Kyle Parsons is the Manager of Inclusion and Community Engagement at the Minnesota Historical Society. Kyle has spent the past six years at MNHS doing work centered on engaging the diverse communities of Minnesota, specifically different racial and ethnic groups in the Twin Cities, through educational programming. Core work responsibilities include overseeing external, community-facing programs for colleges students and teens, as well as internal work focused on developing structures to help MNHS staff leverage diversity and inclusion practices as a part of their work. Kyle received his bachelor's degree from Marquette University in Communication with an emphasis on diverse cultures.

Adam Patterson is a career non-profit fundraiser and currently a Development Officer at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) where he is responsible for managing a portfolio of high-capacity donors, connecting donor interests and passions with funding opportunities across museum programming. During his six years at OMSI he has acted at the lead facilitator of the OMSI Diversity Workgroup, and participated in the Association of Science and Technology’s Diversity and Leadership Program for the past two years as both a fellow and mentor. He holds a BS in Justice, Peace, and Conflict Studies from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and spent two years studying Afro-Caribbean Philosophy at Howard University in Washington D.C.

Emily Pinkowitz As Director of Programs at the Wildlife Conservation Society, Emily manages education at five city zoos.  Previously, as Director of Programs & Education at Friends of the High Line, she launched the park’s education and community engagement initiatives. Past experience: Tenement Museum, Oakland Museum of California, Queens Museum, Exploratorium. (NYU Museum Studies MA, AAM Diversity Fellow, New York Museum Educators Roundtable Board member.)

Chieko Phillips has dedicated her time in Seattle to uncovering and elevating lesser-known historical narratives in informal learning environments. She has worked with exhibitions and programming at the Northwest African American Museum, United Negro College Fund, Photographic Center Northwest, and BlackPast. Chieko recently joined the Heritage department of 4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, Washington. She completed her BA in History from Davidson College and her MA in Museology from the University of Washington.

 

PJ Gubatina Policarpio is a community arts engager: artist, curator, programmer, and educator. He is committed to creating multiple opportunities for meaningful connections between communities and art, especially addressing a diverse, multilingual, and multicultural audience. In 2015, PJ created Engaging Multilingual Students: An Educator's Guide, published on artmuseumteaching.com. Born in the Philippines and raised in San Francisco, he is currently based in Queens, New York. www.pjpolicarpio.net

Emily Potter is Director of Education at Brooklyn Historical Society, where she oversees P-12 programming with an emphasis on critical thinking and interpreting history to reflect us all. Emily’s training is in History and Museum Studies and her pedagogy is informed by intercultural work in Dakar, Senegal. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

Therese Quinn is Director of Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she serves on the Executive Board of her faculty union. She writes about the arts and cultural institutions as sites for democratic engagement and justice work, and is the author and editor of several books, including Art and Social Justice Education: Culture as Commons (2012), Sexualities in Education: A Reader (2012), and Teaching Toward Democracy (2010), and articles in QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, the Journal of Museum Education, the Abolitionist: A Publication of Critical Resistance, the Monthly Review, Curriculum Inquiry, and Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, among others.

Joanne Rizzi-Jones is the Director of Community Engagement for the Science Museum of Minnesota. Jones is co-author of the book Opening the Museum, and has written numerous articles exploring ideas related to identity, race, and community, and advises museums nationally and internationally on exhibition development and community engagement.

Adam Reed Rozan is the director of audience engagement at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, helping lead this century-old institution into the future through innovative programming. An indefatigable advocate for visitors, Rozan is part of a movement to revolutionize the museum visit. In his role at the Worcester Art Museum, he manages education, studio classes, marketing, design and visitor services. He holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University Extension School, where he is now an adjunct faculty member.

Ashley Rogers is the director of museum operations at the Whitney Plantation in Wallace, Louisiana. The Whitney Plantation is exclusively focused on interpreting the lives of people enslaved in the state of Louisiana, and it is a site of memory and homage. At the Whitney, Ashley is working on a project to research the legacies of slavery in south Louisiana, which includes an oral history project with descendants and former cane workers still living in the area. Prior to working at the Whitney Plantation, Ashley worked for History Colorado’s regional museum system. She is a graduate of Colorado State University with an MA in history & museum studies.

Adrianne Russell is a museum educator and writer and co-host of #museumsrespondtoFerguson based in Kansas City, Missouri. Russell has written and presented about the intersections of art, race, gender and culture for Temporary Art Review, The Museum Life with Carol Bossert, Museum Computer Network, and her blog, Cabinet of Curiosities.

Chris Taylor As the Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement at the Minnesota Historical Society, Taylor is leading efforts at MNHS to become a more inclusive organization that engages the needs of a demographic that is rapidly becoming more diverse.

Brenda Tindal received her B.A. in History and Africana Studies with University Honors distinction from the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) in 2004 and her M.A. in American Studies from Emory University, in Atlanta in 2010. In 2016, she graduated with a PhD in History & Culture within the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory. In September 2015, Tindal was appointed Staff Historian at Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte. In this role, she is charged with conducting research, planning and curating major exhibits that place the city and region into historical context, developing and delivering educational programs, supporting communications, media, and community relations efforts, and serving on the Museum’s senior management team. Prior to her appointment at Levine Museum, Tindal was a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of History and Honors College at UNCC, where she taught a broad range of courses in the areas of 17th through 20th century U.S. and South African history, visual and material culture, and transnational and comparative social reform movements. Tindal has been the recipient of numerous awards, professional appointments and citations including Interim Coordinator for 2015 UNCF-Mellon International Faculty Seminar in Nantes, France, 2012-2013 Dean Bobby Paul Mentor & Teaching Excellence Award, and the 2011-2012 Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Fellowship at Princeton University.

 

Nikhil Trivedi is an application developer, composer and activist. He works at a museum in Chicago developing web-based software in Java, PHP and Drupal. After hours, he’s a volunteer educator for Rape Victim Advocates, and participates in movements to end oppression. He's a regular contributor at The Incluseum, and his writing has been featured in Model View Culture. When none of that’s happening, he likes to hike, make herbal medicines, and drink warm glasses of chai. He is co-creator of visitorsofcolor.tumblr,com, you can visit his website at nikhiltrivedi.com, or follow him on Twitter at @nikhiltri.

Maya A. Weisinger is the Access and Audiences Coordinator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. She focuses on building and sustaining relationships with more community members by creating more lines of access to resources, programming and opportunities. Maya aims to build more equitable and inclusive practices into programs through contemporary visual and performing arts, moving image and public programming. Maya graduated with a BA in American Studies from Macalester College in 2012 and is dedicated to engaging the intersection of social impact and the arts through all of her work. Maya serves on the board of USA Cooperative Youth Council, an organization which works to empower youth to engage in the philosophy and practices cooperation, especially as they relate to leadership development. She also serves as an AchieveMpls Graduation Coach at Roosevelt High School. Outside of work she takes the stage as a singer, guitarist and violinist in a local band called Avalon Moon. Most importantly she and her partner have two cats named Elton and Zsa Zsa.

Aletheia Wittman cofounded and coordinates The Incluseum, a project that advances new ways of being a museum through community building and collaborative practice focused on inclusion in museums. Over the last several years Wittman has developed exhibits and public programs for the Seattle Architecture Foundation. Her past work and experience includes projects with All Rise Seattle, 4Culture's Creative Justice Program, the Henry Art Gallery, the Ballard Historical Society, Access Art Gallery in Vancouver, BC, and the University of British Columbia. Wittman has an MA in Museology from the University of Washington where she researched emerging curatorial practices in art museums and their relationship with social justice.

Toni Wynn works with museums and historic places. Recognized with an Excellence in Exhibit Writing award, Toni is included in the 2016 edition of Beverly Serrell’s industry classic, Exhibit Labels. Toni co-facilitated the Museums and Race convening in Chicago in 2016. She is currently creating print, visual, and electronic media in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum. A poet and creative nonfiction writer, Toni also writes about the arts, specializing in STEM + arts education. Toni studied International Relations and Social Welfare at Clark University and the University of Copenhagen, and Instructional Technology at San Francisco State and Virginia Tech. Toni lives by the water in Hampton, Virginia. No cat. toniwynn.com.