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NYC Arts Internship Collective: A Collaboration in Crisis and Beyond

Friday, October 7

12 - 1:30 PM EST

This webinar will explore the NYC Arts Internship Collective (NYC/AIC)—a group of four NYC Arts & Culture internship program managers and coordinators—formed to address the challenges brought about by the outbreak of COVID-19. Participants will learn how NYC/AIC promotes ethical internships through community support and resource sharing.

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Kionah Tucker

Education and Internships Coordinator

New-York Historical Society

Meagan Mahaffy


Sierra Van Ryck deGroot

Deputy Director

Museum Hue

Ella Cohen

Director of Legacy

and Internship Programs


Kionah Tucker (she/her) is an educator, historian, and proud Museum professional in the New York City area. Currently, she serves as the Education and Internships Coordinator at the New-York Historical Society. A graduate of St. John's University, she has worked in several Museums across New York City, including the Tenement Museum and the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. A Virginia native, she credits her love of history to growing up in the "Historic Triangle" and aims to make history education fun, engaging, and accessible to all.

Meagan Mahaffy (she/her) is a New York City based educator committed to transparency, equity, and representation in the creative workforce. Most recently, she served as the Education Coordinator for Programs, Partnerships, and Internships at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, where she developed a variety of programs including workshops for educators, the Design Scholars program for NYC teens, and the museum’s internship program. She has also designed and taught object-based curriculum at the Denver Art Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art. Meagan is also the founder of art gurl, a creative collective at the intersection of art, wellness, imagination and self-discovery, whose programs are designed to promote rest and rejuvenation and unlock the humanity behind creativity.

Sierra Van Ryck deGroot is the Deputy Director of Museum Hue. A proud alumna of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Program at Seton Hall University and Bank Street College of Education, Sierra has her B.A. in Art, Design and Interactive Media; Fine Arts; and Art History and M.S.Ed in Museum Education. A child of Guyanese immigrants, she is proudly born and raised in Central Jersey (NJ), which does exist and it is pork roll, not Taylor Ham. She is also half of the former Sierras co-presidential leadership team of the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network, a current board member for the New Jersey Association of Museums, and participating in many side quests related to advocating for change in the GLAM sector, especially in museums, around salary transparency, actionable equity in hiring practices, the abolition of unpaid internships, and the practice of rest for all museum workers.

Ella Cohen (she/her) is the Director of Legacy and Internship Programs at DreamYard Project in the Bronx, New York. In this role, she designs and implements programs for emerging professionals that increase access and equity within, to, and through the arts. She has a BA in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.Ed in Arts in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ella has worked with nonprofits across Philadelphia and New York City, including Mural Arts Philadelphia, The New 42, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In her free time, Ella loves to take dance classes, visit museums, and explore new restaurants across the city.


MANY is committed to making our virtual programs as accessible as possible. All virtual programs will have closed captioning.

For ASL interpretation, please email at least two weeks prior to the program. 

Virtual programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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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