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Diversifying the Museum Space

Friday, November 22, 2024

12 - 1:30 PM EST

Museums are supposed to be spaces for all people to learn, engage, and discuss ideas. Often the ALL, has been a challenge for many museums because they were never founded with equity and justice in mind and not designed to engage and attract diverse audiences. This results in Museums asking: How can we engage more Black and Latinx communities? How are we communicating our value to diverse audiences? This webinar led by BIPOC leaders from across the Museum sector will address the challenges the museum field faces in attracting diverse staff and engaging diverse audiences.

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Nick Martinez

Vice President of Education and Engagement

Museum of the City of New York

Nick Martinez is an educator, producer, podcaster, and activist, from New York City with over a decade of experience working at the intersections of museum education, youth, and workforce development, mentoring, and science. His passion is to engage and support BIPOC to pursue interests and careers in science and develop strategies for the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion in traditionally non-inclusive spaces. He began his museum career as an undergraduate intern at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in the Museum Education and Employment Program, designing and leading tours of museum halls for visiting school and camp groups. After graduation, he returned to AMNH as an internship supervisor, helping to supervise the new cohort of college interns, and was later hired to teach genetics, human evolution, and neuroscience in the Hall of Human Origins Teaching Lab, first as a Lab Facilitator and then in a full-time role as the Coordinator of the Lab. He is currently the Vice President of Education and Engagement at the Museum of the City of New York

Daisy Rodriguez

Executive Director, Government

& Community Affairs

Wildlife Conservation Society

Daisy Rodríguez is the Executive Director of Government & Community Affairs for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) where she oversees all NYC and State-based government and community engagement. Ms. Rodríguez is responsible for helping seek public funding (capital and expense) support for WCS. She engages elected officials, community members, and the public on the importance of conservation of wildlife and wild places. Prior to her arrival at WCS in August 2017, she was the Director of Government Affairs at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), where she was responsible for seeking public support and funding, including helping with the outreach to communities throughout the five boroughs. Previously to joining AMNH, Daisy served as Community Outreach Director for U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, and as the Senator’s Constituent Liaison helped to resolve numerous constituency concerns and expanded the Senator’s profile. She also served on the Senator’s campaign during his 2004 re-election.

Sheila McDaniel

Interim Executive Director

Museum Association of New York

Sheila McDaniel has over 30 years of non-profit management experience, the last 24 years in executive positions overseeing change management processes, operations & administrative infrastructures, strategic planning, and financial management.

In September 2020, Sheila joined the National Gallery of Art in a historic appointment as the first Black woman to assume the role of Administrator. As Administrator, Sheila served on the Executive team. She led teams critical to the museum’s operations: administrative support, architecture and capital improvement, facilities, horticulture, personnel, procurement, and security. She oversaw a division of 440 employees and an annual budget of $120 million for operations and facilities.

Before joining the National Gallery of Art, Sheila served for 16 years as the Deputy Director, Finance and Operations at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Prior to joining The Studio Museum in Harlem, she was Associate Executive Director of Operations at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, Inc, an education and social service organization.

MANY is committed to making our virtual programs as accessible as possible. All virtual programs will have Closed Captioning and ASL Interpretation provided by InterpretekFor more information, please email or call 518-273-3400.

All virtual programs are recorded and available for MANY members via the Member Resource page within 7 days of the live program. 

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Live out of state? Join MANY Online! With our growing national and international audience in mind, we are pleased to announce a new virtual membership category for individuals who live outside of New York State.

Virtual members can access the library of over 70 programs and receive discounted registration for MANY’s annual conference. Click here to learn more.

Virtual programs are made possible by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

The Museum Association of New York helps shape a better future for museums and museum professionals by uplifting best practices and building organizational capacity through advocacy, training, and networking opportunities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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