Mellon Initiative Project Manager
Keondra Prier (she/her) is a museum educator and organizer. She works as the Mellon Initiative Project Manager at the Baltimore Museum of Art. In this role, she is managing the planning phase of an action research project which brings together museum and other cultural workers, artists, educators, and activists. Together, this community will work to uncover their understanding of what systems and structures are required for an equitable and community-centered art museum.
She is currently pursuing her PhD in education at the University of Delaware where she is focusing on sociocultural and community-based research approaches. Her current research interests include understanding the ways Black artists and activists apply critical and dialogical practices of teaching and learning, the philosophy and practice of critical dialogical pedagogy, and the practical implications of the schism between Black Futurism and Afropessimism.
Prier has previously worked as the School Programs Manager at the Walters Art Museum and was a Senior Museum Educator at the Brooklyn Museum of Art where she focused on teacher professional development. She received her BA in Africana studies and economics from Barnard College, New York.