Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, a Washington, D.C. native, strives to advance social consciousness through curation, public programs, writing, and community activism, as she explores the intersections of museums, social justice, and contemporary art .
She is a selected contributor and author to the forthcoming Museums As Sites for Social Action [MASS Action] toolkit produced by the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She lends her expertise in equity initiatives and transformational change to this three-year social change program.
In her new role as Education Specialist with the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, she curates participatory public programs focusing on social justice issues, which empower museum audiences to share their own ideas and strategies towards equity.
Before coming to NMAAHC, she contributed to the launch of the Women, Arts, and Social Change initiative at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, as the public programs coordinator. There she advanced feminism advocacy and brokered diverse and creative collaborations between the museum and local activist and arts leaders. Before that she served as an adjunct professor with P.G. College, and as a community advocate 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 has produced several contemporary art exhibitions exploring race, gender, politics, and social justice. She frequently juries art exhibitions, collaborating with other arts organizations. She has served in the leadership of the DC Chapter of ArtTable, Inc. since 2014, and currently serves as Chapter Co-Chair.
Her writing has been featured with Americans for the Arts, the American Alliance of Museums, The Washington Times, Examiner, CBS, 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.