Rachel Ropeik is a museum adventurer currently serving as the Manager of Public Engagement at the Guggenheim Museum and as a Visiting Instructor at Pratt Institute. She believes in museums as community hubs where traditional and new techniques can help everyone feel comfortable and inspired, and she works toward equity and experimentation to accomplish that goal. You might find her talking about digital technology, accessibility issues, multisensory learning, playfulness, and more.
She's also worked at the Brooklyn Museum, MoMA, and the Met in New York; Dulwich Picture Gallery and The Courtauld Gallery in London; Smarthistory/the Kahn Academy online; and several high-end educational travel companies.
why i do what i do
Museums aren’t neutral. The stories they tell should help as many people as possible see themselves and feel engaged.
Anyone and everyone can say something valid and brilliant about a work of art.
Museums can and should be places of unexpected excitement.
Digital technology can be a museum's best friend: not screens for the sake of screens, but digital projects that deepen museum visitors' engagement.
The spirit of playful adventure doesn't have to be left at the museum entrance door.
MASS Action Toolkit
This comprehensive guide outlines the theory and tools for practice towards creating greater equity within the museum field.
Portland Art Museum's Have Conversations Here guide to help create thoughtful talk during museum visits.
Nick Waterlow's A Curator's Last Will and Testament (even if you're not a curator)
The American Alliance of Museums' mission is to nurture excellence in museums through advocacy and service.
Resources & Social Media Coordinator (2016–18)
NYCMER provides a forum for museum education professionals to address meaningful issues relevant to our work and to exchange and disseminate current information.
Program Committee (2016–2019)
MCN is a welcoming and candid community of professionals passionate about empowering museums to address challenges and embrace opportunities within the evolving digital landscape.
The Museum Education Roundtable fosters professionalism among museum educators by encouraging leadership, scholarship and research in museum- based learning.
ArtTable is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing women's professional leadership in the visual arts. We serve women at all stages of their careers, with a special effort to increase diversity in the arts professions.
travels in academia
If you'd like to read up on gender identity, queerness, and 19th century menswear, here's my MA dissertation.