Photo by Colin Stevens of Drumin’Up Photography.
Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, is a Washington, D.C. native and cultural programmer with over 10 years of GLAM experience [Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums], devoted to exploring ways to cultivate marginalized audiences through art, museum, and social justice practice.
As a DEAI [diversity, equity, accessibility, inclusion] facilitator, she is a contributor to national initiatives towards increasing equity and inclusion in museums including: Museum As Site for Social Action [MASS Action], The Empathetic Museum, and the inaugural National Summit for Teaching Slavery. This fall she keynotes the Museum-Ideas Annual Conference in London, U.K. focusing on a discussion about museums, social change, inclusion, and public engagement.
In her new role as Head of Public Programs with Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery she is responsible for an extensive calendar of programs across two museums. She also leads new outreach and inclusion initiatives towards developing new audiences, developing and improving public engagement through policy and changemaking, and establishing modern protocols towards highly effective programming. Additionally, she serves on the museum’s internal Diversity Council towards collaborative efforts to improve DEAI efforts across both museums.
She recently designed Trinity Washington University’s art history curriculum in African American and Global Resistance Art survey courses, to debut in the Spring 2019 semester.
Recently she served as education specialist with the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, curating participatory public programs, including the popular A Seat at the Table, focusing on social justice issues, which empower museum audiences to share their own ideas and strategies towards equity.
Before coming to NMAAHC, in 2015 she launched the Women, Arts, and Social Change initiative at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, leading the outreach effort to bring in over 900 new audience members. She advanced the museum’s feminism advocacy and brokered diverse and creative collaborations between the museum and local activists and arts leaders. Before that she served as an adjunct professor with P.G. College, and as a community organizer with P.G. County Arts and Cultural Heritage. Previously, she served as the visual arts coordinator at Strathmore, where she was responsible for an expansive portfolio of exhibition-based educational programming and a professional residency for emerging artists. Prior to that role, she served as operations manager at the David C. Driskell Center, where she wore many hats in programming, management, and collaborative projects.
As a curator, she produces contemporary art exhibitions exploring race, gender, politics, and social issues. She is a frequent juror, guest lecturer, panelist, and moderator of national and international art exhibitions, conferences, and initiatives. She has served in the leadership of the DC Chapter of ArtTable, Inc. since 2014, and stepped down from Chapter Co-Chair in May 2018. She serves on the National Arts Education Advisory Council with Americans for the Arts, 2018-2020. She serves on the Selection Committee of Halcyon Arts Lab in Washington, DC, an incubator for exploring the intersections of art and social justice. She also serves on the Artist Advisory Council of VisArts in Rockville, MD. Launching soon, she will serve as an inaugural Circle Chair for the Museum Professional Circles for Women and Gender Minorities initiative created by Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko and Sarah Jenks.
Her writing has been featured with Wide Walls (London, U.K.), American Alliance of Museums, Viewfinder: the museum education journal of the National Arts Education Association, Americans for the Arts, Museum-Ideas (U.K.), and Brightest Young Things, among others. She earned her bachelor of arts in art history from the University of Maryland, College Park and her master of arts in museum studies from the George Washington University.