ASHLEY FRENKEL

Museum Educator and Teaching Artist in NYC

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WHY MUSEUM EDUCATION?

In life we never stop learning, and museums and cultural institutions provide for their communities, local and global, unparalleled resources that can augment learning, but not everyone can access these resources for a variety of systemic reasons. My first experience with the potential of museums was through a high school internship over ten years ago, and since then my knowledge of the field has increased exponentially, and so have the questions:

Museums as Reflective Institutions

How can museums center and uplift diverse voices to become spaces that share more well-rounded narratives?

What does a responsive museum look like, and what are the benefits internally and externally?

Relationships with Audiences

How can the intersections of human experience in terms of science, art, history, science, math, and culture be used to cultivate dialogue?

How does giving other voices agency change the relationship between cultural institutions and the public?

How does a community-centered museum differ from a collections-centered museum? Can these two incarnations of the museum coexist?

Pedagogy

How can objects and ethical museum collections be used to promote critical thinking and learning?

How can the use of inquiry provide a more open, creative, and fun experience for students of all ages?

How do systemic issues related to race, class, and gender affect learners and learning experiences?

Through my practice I am actively working with these questions, always seeking to collaborate with other educators, artists, scientists, and leaders to promote lifelong learning and make museums welcoming community-centered spaces.

 

CURRENT WORK

September 2015 - Present

EDUCATOR, CATHEDRAL OF SAINT JOHN THE DIVINE

  • Conduct 75 hands-on workshops for visiting K-12 groups using collage, clay, recycled sculpture, and more

  • Lead 325 interactive tours for public and school groups on architecture, geometry, theology, symbolism, history, and contemporary art

April 2016 - Present

TEACHING ARTIST, RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART

  • Coordinate 6 Math and Mandalas residencies in Title 1 schools for classes of 30 students

  • Collaborate with 30 volunteers, interns, and docents to successfully implement school tours and workshops, and Birthday Art Labs

September 2019 - June 2021

GRADUATE STUDENT - BANK STREET GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Leadership in Museum Education

  • First Year: Management

    • Organizational theory, systems thinking, strategic planning, , evaluation, development and fundraising, marketing and audience development

  • Second Year: Pedagogy

    • Child development, adolescent and adult engagement, exhibition and program development, accessibility

 

MY EXPERIENCE

A selection from the past few years

Sept 2017 - May 2019

LEAD FACILITATOR,
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

  • Mentored 25 interns and volunteers on scientific content and inquiry and object based learning

  • Liaised with over 40,000 visitors both reoccurring and one-off to engage intergenerational learners in the natural sciences

May 2017 - Dec 2017
Jan 2020 - Dec 2020

LEAD EDUCATOR,
ARCHIVE FOR RESEARCH IN ARCHETYPAL SYMBOLISM (ARAS)

  • Partnered with other cultural institutions, artists, and teachers to develop a curriculum for a 2-week intensive arts program and 3-month internship program for 11 teens

  • Budgeted for art supplies, student transportation, visiting artist stipends, excursion fees, and a final convocation for students and families.

Oct 2016 - July 2017

BLOCK PARTY AND TEACHING ARTIST COORDINATOR, RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART

  • Coordinated the schedules of 22 teaching artists and interns with public school teachers and the museum calendar for residency programs

  • Managed local permits and vendor outreach, communication, and scheduling for a public event of 5,000 people

 
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LOGISTICS AND COMMUNICATION

CURRICULUM AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

EVALUATION AND REFLECTION

 

LET’S CONNECT

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