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Museums support Democracy Virtual Series

12 - 1:30 PM | Friday, August 26 EST

Virtual webinar is free; advance registration required.

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 ASL interpretation provided by Interpretek.


Samantha Rijkers

Senior Manager of the Citizenship Project

New-York Historical Society

Samantha Rijkers is the Senior Manager of the Citizenship Project at the New-York Historical Society.  She has managed the program since its launch in 2017 and has represented the program in the media, including the New York Times, CBS This Morning, and the Netflix documentary Out of Many, One. Samantha is also a curriculum writer for Women and the American Story. Before her current role, she worked as a Senior Educator at the New-York Historical Society and the Tenement Museum. Samantha holds an M.A. in History of Women and Gender from New York University. 

Alisa Martin

Vice President of Educational Operations

Tenement Museum

Alisa Martin is the Vice President of Educational Operations and Engagement at the Tenement Museum, is a senior arts and cultural administrator and project consultant with expertise working in organizations to align internal operations and product offerings with their strategic goals and branding efforts. Alisa led Brand Management and Visitor Services at the Brooklyn Museum, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Baruch College and The New School. Alisa has led cross-functional teams through change management, process improvement and audience research initiatives. Her consulting clients include Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center Education, BAM Local Development Corporation, and Columbia University. Before shifting her focus to the arts, Alisa spent the early years of her professional life in marketing, service quality and human resources at MetLife and American Express. She is a graduate of Vassar College and New York University.

About Museum Hue

Museum Hue is a nationally recognized organization that works to paint a larger portrait of the arts and culture field by providing greater support and recognition for Black, Indigenous, and people of color throughout museums and other cultural entities across the United States. Founded in 2015, Museum Hue has partnered and collaborated with arts and culture entities throughout the nation. Visit

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

About Humanities New York

Using dialogue, reflection, and critical thinking, Humanities New York applies the humanities to strengthen democratic society. Established in 1975 as the state aliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities New York is a private 501(c)(3) organization that may receive federal, state, and private funding. Learn more at:

The Museum Association of New York helps shape a better future for museums and museum professionals by uplifting best practices and building organizational capacity through advocacy, training, and networking opportunities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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