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Climate Change Facilities and Programming

Friday, March 15, 2024

12 - 1:30 PM EST

Building in anticipation of climate change involves designing and constructing museums with the future impacts of climate change in mind. This proactive approach aims to enhance resilience reduce vulnerability, and mitigate the potential negative effects of changing climatic conditions.

Designed by Caples Jefferson Architects and completed in 2014, Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn was designed to be a balance between the existing, 19th-century houses of the largest free Black communities in pre-Civil War America and to create a new 23,000 sq ft complex that would include a museum and state of the art exhibition, performance, and education facilities. The buildings gravitate around the central landscaped area where past and present face each other and are bound together by the ever-changing farmland vegetation that evokes the agricultural heritage of the community. 

The Climate Museum is the first museum in the United States dedicated to the climate crisis. Over the last five years, the Museum has presented eight exhibitions and more than 300 events; engaged 350+ high school students in leadership, advocacy, and arts programs; and welcomed more than a hundred thousand visitors in-person and many more online. As the climate crisis intensifies, so does the need for communal spaces where we can all gain understanding and resolve. The Climate Museum makes inclusive dialogue and immersive cultural programming on climate accessible to a broad public.

The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program (YCP) is a global initiative that works to convene, inspire, and network young people through youth climate summits, empowering them to lead and act on climate change solutions in their schools and communities. At the center of the program is a two-day retreat, the annual Adirondack Youth Climate Summit that brings together over 200 high school and college students to learn about climate change. As a science-based organization, The Wild Center is deeply concerned about how changes in one of the major pillars that support the natural world will impact life on Earth. From Youth Climate Summits to creating solutions to environmental issues through our Building a Greener Adirondacks initiative, The Wild Center is making strides toward a sustainable future.

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Dr. Raymond Codrington

President and CEO

Weeksville Heritage Center

Dr. Raymond Codrington is President and CEO of Weeksville Heritage Center. He is a cultural anthropologist who holds substantive experience in creating intersections between popular culture and race studies, museum and public engagement, policy analysis, and applied research. Before joining the Weeksville Heritage Center, Raymond was the Executive Director of Hi-ARTS. At Hi-ARTS, he successfully expanded the organization, diversified its donor community, and oversaw notable partnerships with local and national cultural organizations. Before leading Hi-ARTS, he was a Senior Research Associate at the Aspen Institute's Roundtable on Community Change policy program.

During his career, Raymond has developed programming focused on urban expressive culture for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor’s Office of Los Angeles as an independent curator and consultant. He has also held several senior-level roles at prominent cultural institutions, including as founding director of the Julian C. Dixon Institute for Cultural Studies, and curator in the Department of Anthropology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He was also the Sandy Boyd Postdoctoral Fellow at the Field Museum's Center for Cultural Understanding and Change.

Raymond studied Government and African-American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his doctorate in anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Ray has conducted ethnographic research across the U.S. and U.K., studying race, blackness, equity, Hip-Hop, popular culture, and civic engagement. Raymond lives with his family in Brooklyn.

Jen Krester

Director of Climate Initiatives

The Wild Center

Jen Kretser (she/her) is the Director of Climate Initiatives for The Wild Center – a science center in the Adirondack Park in northern New York State.  Jen manages The Wild Center’s climate change engagement programs including the global Youth Climate Program which was highlighted by the Obama White House Office of Science and Technology; interpretive programs for visitors; green building education & design; and other climate related initiatives/partnerships. She is working to help catalyze youth climate summits around the world.

In November 2021, Jen led the Wild Center  Youth Delegation and the US Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) Delegation at the UN COP 26 in Glasgow.   Jen is on the coordinating team of the U.S. Action for Climate Empowerment  – working to build a network of climate change education, public engagement and training across the country. In addition, she is a founding member of the NY Climate Resilience and Education Task Force which elevates climate change education and action in NY Public Schools; and the national Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network Board.  As a senior staff member at the Wild Center Jen works on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives including a long-standing partnership with the Haudenosaunee. She also serves on the Adirondack Diversity Initiative core team, Adirondack Mountain Club Board and on the North Country Clean Energy Hub Advisory Committee.

Jen has over 30 years experience working in the non-profit sector supporting educators and youth in and out of schools. She has worked with the Adirondack Mountain Club, Zoo New England, Jane Goodall Institute, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Cincinnati Zoo and Paul Smith’s College. Jen is a graduate from Cornell University in Wildlife Ecology & Antioch University in M.S. Environmental Science & Education. When not working, Jen can be found outside hiking, paddling, xc skiing and picking blueberries with her family and friends.

Miranda Massie

Founder and Director

The Climate Museum

Miranda Massie is the founder and director of New York City’s Climate Museum, the first climate-dedicated museum in the US. The Museum mobilizes the power of arts and cultural programming to invite visitors into climate engagement and to transform our public culture for action at scale. Massie is active within several coalitions focused on climate-oriented work within the cultural sector, serves on numerous international design juries, and speaks frequently on the need to integrate programming on climate across the cultural sector. She is a Public Voices Fellow with the OpEd Project and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

This virtual program was organized in partnership with Museum Hue, 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. To learn more, visit

MANY is committed to making our virtual programs as accessible as possible. All virtual programs will have Closed Captioning and ASL Interpretation provided by InterpretekFor more information, please email or call 518-273-3400.

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Virtual programs are made possible by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

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.

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