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Museums Support Democracy: Citizenship

Aug 26, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Samantha Rijkers
Senior Manager of the Citizenship Project @New-York Historical Society
Samantha Rijkers is the Senior Manager of the Citizenship Project at the New-York Historical Society. She has managed the program since its launch in 2017 and has represented the program in the media, including the New York Times, CBS This Morning, and the Netflix documentary Out of Many, One. Samantha is also a curriculum writer for Women and the American Story. Before her current role, she worked as a Senior Educator at the New-York Historical Society and the Tenement Museum. Samantha holds an M.A. in History of Women and Gender from New York University.
Alisa Martin
Vice President of Educational Operations @Tenement Museum
Alisa Martin is the Vice President of Educational Operations and Engagement at the Tenement Museum, is a senior arts and cultural administrator and project consultant with expertise working in organizations to align internal operations and product offerings with their strategic goals and branding efforts. Alisa led Brand Management and Visitor Services at the Brooklyn Museum, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Baruch College and The New School. Alisa has led cross-functional teams through change management, process improvement and audience research initiatives. Her consulting clients include Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center Education, BAM Local Development Corporation, and Columbia University. Before shifting her focus to the arts, Alisa spent the early years of her professional life in marketing, service quality and human resources at MetLife and American Express. She is a graduate of Vassar College and New York University.
Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham
Executive Director @Museum Hue
Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham works to paint a larger portrait of the museum sector and challenge racial inequities in the field. Her advocacy aligns with Museum Hue, an organization she co-founded and serves as Creative Director, supporting Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color. As a United Nations Human Rights fellow, Stephanie applies the UN’s ratification of cultural rights to her work and calls for greater recognition and representation in the arts industry. She also received the Americans for the Arts 2019 American Express Emerging Leader Award for her work. As the United States reckons with a legacy of structural racism, oppression, and discriminatory policies and practices; Stephanie centers cultural equity as an essential part of achieving social justice.
Erika Sanger
Executive Director @Museum Association of New York
Sanger has gained her extensive arts experience through positions held at renowned institutions including the International Center of Photography, the Jewish Museum, the New-York Historical Society, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC. She served as Director of Development at Penland School of Crafts in Western North Carolina, where she was actively engaged in the region’s artists’ community, and participated in the design and implementation of campaigns for capital and endowment funds. She has also developed program assessments with Harvard University’s Project Zero, the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and with the education department at the University at Albany. Programs produced under her direction have received funding from major organizations, including the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.