Sierra Van Ryck deGroot — ars moriendi


the individual.

Sierra Van Ryck deGroot is doing the best she can.

Born off Exit 148 and raised off of Exit 114, she is a staunch supporter of the existence of Central Jersey.

She has a BA in Art, Design, and Interactive Media; Fine Art; and Art History from Seton Hall University. Sierra also has a MSEd in Museum Education with a specialization in Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education.

She currently works at Poster House as the Assistant Director of Education.

Sierra also serves on the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network (NEMPN) board as a Co-President (1/2 of the Sierras Leadership team). She is also the outgoing Secretary and Peer Group Liaison for the New York City Museum Educators Roundtable (NYCMER) and a co-editor of Viewfinder, the NAEA Museum Education Division’s journal.

In her free time, Sierra enjoys visiting museums, reading, eating good food with good company, and craft beers.

You can find her having a lot to say on Twitter as @sierra_vrd or occasionally posting on Instagram as @sierragoesthere.

the work.

👩🏾‍💻Currently Working as

 Assistant Director of Education at Poster House

📍️Previously Seen As

Education Programs Manager
Poster House | October 2019 - December 2020

Education Assistant
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | July 2018 - October 2019

Program Assistant
Cool Culture | June 2017 - June 2018

📣  Last Heard From

New Year, New Skills: NYCMER Career Symposium (Presenter) 
New York City Museum Educators Roundtable (NYCMER) | January 10, 2021

Tool Petting Zoo: Getting Hands-on with Airtable and Other Tools for Collections, Exhibitions, Project Management, and Content Strategy (Panelist)
Museum Computer Network (MCN) Virtual Conference | November 11, 2020

Young Professionals and the Future of Museums (Panelist)
Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN) Conference | September 30, 2020

On Being A Good Mentor ft. Sierra Van Ryck deGroot (Podcast Interview)
Scholars Beyond The Tower | August 26, 2020

Museum Internships Past, Present, and Future: Dismantling Systems of Powers from the Ground Up (Panelist)
Death to Museums Unconference Series | August 2, 2020

How to Manage a Remote Internship Program at Your Museum (Panelist)
Cuseum Webinar Series | April 30, 2020

💡️ Can Also Be Found Doing

Co-Editor | Viewfinder, NAEA Museum Ed Division | September 2020 - present

Co-President | National Emerging Museum Professionals Network | July 2020 - present

Secretary and Peer Group Liaison | New York City Museum Educators Roundtable | July 2018 - June 2021

the passions.

the writings. 

Random Published Thoughts in Print

Quoted in Leadership Matters: Leading Museums in an Age of Discord (August 2019) 

Co-Author of a chapter in the upcoming Creating Meaningful Museum Experiences for K-12 Audiences: How to Connect with Teachers and Students (October 2021) 

Random Published Thoughts on the Internet

Inside Out

First published in the Museological Review, Issue 24