Museum Work

My work has primarily centered around botanical gardens because I believe they are an ideal location for people to safely and comfortably access challenging or inaccessible topics like science and art. While at the University of Maryland, I frequently explored perceptions of art museums and how they were traditionally a space for wealthier, predominately white patrons. I found that these enduring perceptions of exclusion, as well as concerns over not understanding art, can deter people’s participation. Thus, it became one of my overarching goals to find unique ways for museums to be more inclusive.

I recognize that museums often require staff to cover multiple responsibilities; to that end, I have made sure to obtain a large relevant skillset. I can happily work in a variety of fields such as botanical gardens, museums, non-profits, environmental organizations, education, as well as, in diverse positions including, but not limited to, development, education, research, and administration.

David C. Driskell Center

Established in 2001, the David C. Driskell Center provides an intellectual home for artists, museum professionals, art administrators and scholars who are interested in broadening the field of African diasporic studies. The Driskell Center is committed to preserving the rich heritage of African American visual art and culture.

Since 2018, I have been employed at The David C. Driskell Center, in College Park, MD. My role is primarily administrative but, because of the small staff, I am involved in all aspects of the center, including exhibitions, tours and education, development, developing partner relationships, and staff management.

I supported the planning and installment of the following exhibitions:

Virtual Exhibitions:

Although my position ended when I graduated, the Driskell Center has contractually retained me to support the transition to an online format for fall, including website management and developing the fall exhibition. This contract will end when I find alternative employment.

San Antonio Botanical Garden

Master’s of Applied Anthropology (M.A.A.) internship project expanding the ethnobotanical education at the San Antonio Botanical Garden (SABOT) in San Antonio, Texas.

Scansite3D (now Scansite, Inc.)

Scansite is the nation’s leading provider of 3D scanning, inspection and reverse engineering services. Exclusively using state of the art structured light technology allows us to capture the most detail possible and attain top of the line data for every project.

I worked for Scansite as a Business Development Manager, supporting all aspects of the office and business. I also worked as a scanning technician creating and manipulating aerospace level 3D data when needed. Although they work in a range of fields, they regularly work with museums to create data that can be used for preservation/restoration, replication, scientific analysis, and digital content creation.

New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is an advocate for the plant kingdom. The Garden pursues its mission through its role as a museum of living plant collections arranged in gardens and landscapes across its National Historic Landmark site; through its comprehensive education programs in horticulture and plant science; and through the wide-ranging research programs of the International Plant Science Center.

I started out as an intern while pursuing my Bachelor’s degree at Fordham University. Eventually, I was hired for two positions (Dig, Plant, Grow Instructor and Gardening Workshop Instructor) at the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden (now called the Edible Academy). These positions included showing families and school groups through the garden and a variety of gardening, nutrition, and botanical activities.

I was hired to help develop and implement Wild Medicine an ethnobotanical exhibition that extended throughout the conservatory with three interpretive stations (chocolate, tea, and citrus). During the exhibition, I would be stationed at one of the three stations to provide an in-depth discussion about plants that have had a large impact on human history.