Keonna Hendrick Keonna Hendrick, School Programs Manager, is a cultural strategist, educator and author nurturing equity through art and museum education. Her teaching, writing and strategic planning reflect her commitment to providing all audiences with educational experiences that promote critical thinking, expand cultural perceptions, and support self-actualization.
Ms. Hendrick’s writing has appeared in numerous publications including the Journal of Museum Education (2017), Professional Development in Art Museums: Strategies of Engagement Through Contemporary Art (2018), The Palgrave Handbook of Race and the Arts in Education (2018), Multiculturalism in Art Museums Today (2014), and the Journal of Folklore and Education (2016). In 2013, she co-developed critical multicultural reflective practice, an on-going process in which educators identify, analyze and challenge the cultural beliefs, values and assumptions that color their interactions with learners and artworks. Keonna continues to provide professional development to educators in museums and classrooms nationally, including The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Friends of the Highline, Peabody Essex Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Barnes Foundation, Walters Art Museum, and ArtsConnection.
In 2014 Ms. Hendrick co-founded SHIFT, a collective of cultural workers engaging in critical reflection and accountability for shifting their practice as educators, administrators and artists toward an anti-oppressive feminist paradigm. The collective draws on the expertise of its members to lead professional development on topics where they can share their skills, and in areas where they want to draw from others’ experiences in order to grow in their leadership within their institutions and in the field.
Keonna currently serves as School Programs Manager at the Brooklyn Museum, where she leads a department of skilled and empathetic educators in facilitating experiences that invite learners to expand their understanding of themselves and the world. She holds a B.A. in History and Studio Art from Wake Forest University and a M.A. in Arts Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University.