Keonna Hendrick is a cultural strategist, thought leader, educator, and author creating 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.
As Senior Museum Educator at Brooklyn Museum, she led the museum’s celebrated 10-month Museum Education Internship program devoted to preparing emerging professionals for careers in museum education. 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 at the local and national levels to educators who wish to facilitate inclusive experiences for participants in cultural institutions.
In 2014 she co-founded SHIFT, a collective of cultural workers engaging in critical reflection and accountability for shifting their practice as educators, administrators and artists toward intersectional feminist paradigm. The collective draws on the expertise of its members to lead professional development on topics where they can share their skills, and also in areas where they want to draw from others’ experiences in order to grow in their leadership positions at their institutions, and in the field.
Keonna currently manages ArtsConnection’s Teen Reviewers and Critics Program, a youth development program, engaging teenagers with the arts of NYC while expanding their critical thinking and writing skills, and developing cultural fluency. Her work extends to The Museum of Modern Art, ArtsConnection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Frick Collection, New York City Museum Educator Roundtable, Museum Hue, Philadelphia Mural Arts, and Classical Contemporary Ballet Theatre. 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.