The Yiddish Book Center wanted to use the occasion of its approaching 45th anniversary to refresh its mission statement and articulate a vision that would reflect the organization's ambitions for the coming decade. Leadership wanted to be sure to embrace the ideas of their dedicated staff and Board. The project involved systematic listening, and inclusive conversations with the entire staff and Board of Trustees, followed by careful crafting of new statements that reflect the dynamic future of the organization.
With the Board and staff of this distinctive museum, designed by David Adjaye, as part of a low income housing complex, we are developing a 3-year strategic plan for the museum's post-pandemic future. The plan, which will be complete by summer 2022, has at its core, a refreshed commitment to the community of Sugar Hill (a historic section of Harlem) with a focus on 3 to 8 year olds, while celebrating the work of important contemporary artists and professional storytellers in an space conducive to artmaking, creativity, and inquiry based learning.
A multifaceted public history initiative about Brooklyn’s anti-slavery movement. In partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center and Irondale Ensemble Project, the project included exhibitions, public programs, online curriculum, an original theater production, and walking tours.
A unique collaboration with 10 artists and writers to make work in response to BHS’s historical collections, and then exhibited the contemporary work, in juxtaposition to historical artifacts. g a sweet deal.
A three-year post-secondary educational project in which BHS partnered with 18 faculty at three local colleges. SAFA brought over 1,100 students to BHS’s archives. Julie Golia and Robin Katz were the Directors of the project which culminated in an award winning website for teachers, archivists, and museum educators. http://www.teacharchives.org/
A multiyear project designed to amplify stories of Brooklyn’s diverse Muslim communities through oral history interviews, programs, podcasts, exhibitions (An Opening by Kameelah Janan Rasheed and Beyond Geographies: Contemporary Art and Muslim Experience), and an educational curriculum. Zaheer Ali was the project director; Deborah Howes created the website: https://muslims.brooklynhistory.org/
A qualitative and quantitative study of how Trustees and CEOs work together in nine cultural institutions throughout the Philadelphia Region. The study was commissioned and prepared for the Pew Charitable Trust.
A unique ten-year partnership between Brooklyn Historical Society and Brooklyn Navy Yard, advanced the Navy Yard’s relationship to its community, developed nationally recognized educational programs for teens, and paved the way for the innovative Brooklyn STEAM Center. educational curriculum.
An exhibition about looking at contemporary art for 3 to 7 year olds, at the Children's Museum of Manhattan, featuring the work of Elizabeth Murray, William Wegman and Fred Wilson.
A website for young children designed for interactive exploration of the MoMA galleries, works of art and approaches to inquiry. Cartoon kids help a martian understand the pleasures of looking at art
Red Studio was a program and website developed by The Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with high school students, explores issues and questions raised by teens about modern art and the artists who create it.