Stephanie A. Johnson- Cunningham

Stephanie is a Museum Professional and Arts Educator with over ten years experience in the field. She has implemented inquiry-based learning methodologies at the New-York Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum, and African American Museum in Philadelphia. Stephanie has served as a museum educator for children and adult audiences as well as more didactic approaches at the tertiary level as a lecturer at the School of Visual Arts, City College of New York, and New Jersey City University. She stresses that the best pedagogical strategies include the cultural capital of communities. Teaching in varying styles to groups with diverse ages and backgrounds has informed her skills in program development, arts-in-education, and strategic alliance building to use the arts as a catalyst for audience engagement.

Her aptitude aligns with Museum Hue, an organization that she Co-Founded and serves as Creative Director, propelling the visibility of artists and cultural producers of color in the creative economy. They host monthly guided experiences at cultural institutions with art administrators and offer workshops to impart skills useful in the field. As intermediaries, Museum Hue works to increase public access to the arts and opportunities for artists. Her thought-leadership has created a national and international arts community that continues to grow. The events have drawn hundreds of people and their social media has thousands of followers across the globe.

As a recipient of the Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship for Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and the Racial Equity in the Arts Fellowship for Race Forward: The Center for Racial  Justice Innovation , Stephanie has garnered necessary tools to advance cultural equity and opportunities. At Weeksville Heritage Center, an historic neighborhood in Brooklyn, she assisted them connect with the community through onsite programming and improving their online footprint. Stephanie co-curated and developed the interpretive materials for Walcott House, historic house museum in Saint Lucia and childhood home of Derek and Roderick Walcott - influential Caribbean poets, playwrights, and visual artists. She also created the wall label text to orient visitors in the space. As a Board Member for the New York City Museum Educators Roundtable, she strived to strengthen their viability and reach to a broader network. She was an integral part of NYCMER’s Conference Committee where she helped form the theme and focus.

Stephanie aims to foster the social cohesion, well-being, and economic impact that arts and culture offer societies. She has written about her work for Curator: The Museum Journal and the Center for the Future of Museums as well as headlined talks about her endeavors at the American Alliance of Museums and the Museum Next conferences. Stephanie holds a Bachelors degree in Art and Art History from Brooklyn College and a Masters degree in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies from Rutgers University.

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