One of my favorite parts of my job as a museum educator and public programmer is witnessing the conversations that visitors have in the galleries and or during public programs, such as performances and panel discussions. The works of art in Infinite Island have stimulated a lot of discussion, especially around questions of identity, culture, nationality, history and community. We are continuing to highlight these themes with two upcoming public programs that will give Infinite Island a proper send off.
The first is a performance this Saturday, January 19, at 2 p.m. by Brooklyn-based Caribbean members of spoken-word collective louderARTS Project. It is hosted by Def Poetry Jam’s Roger Bonair-Agard, and features poets Hallie Hobson, Rich Villar, and Cheryl Boyce Taylor.
Next weekend, on January 26, we will be collaborating with the organization Domestic Workers United to present their short film “Work and Respect” in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Members of Domestic Workers United, many of whom are from the Caribbean, will talk about the film making process and their experience organizing for their rights as domestic workers in New York City.
I am really looking forward to both these programs which highlight many important voices from our community and, if you join us, we would love to know what you think.
Eleanor Whitney has been Academic Programs Coordinator in the Education Division since 2006. She began at the Brooklyn Museum as an Intern Educator in 2005. She received her BA in Cultural Studies and Education from Eugene Lang College. As Academic Programs Coordinator Eleanor works to link Universities to the great resources available to them at the Museum, implements academic focused public programs and runs an internship program for university students called Student Guides.