Sierra Van Ryck deGroot — ars moriendi

the individual.

Sierra Van Ryck deGroot is doing the best she can.

Born off of 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 for The Metropolitan Museum of Art as the Assistant Educator for College and University Programs. 

Sierra serves as a board member of ArtTableNew Jersey Association of Museums (NJAM), and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. She was previously on the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network (NEMPN) board as a Co-President (1/2 of the former Sierras Leadership team).

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.

Sierra is a small but crackly portion of Dead Dreams Club Live.

the work.

👩🏾‍💻Currently Working as

Assistant Educator, College and University Programs at the Met

📍️Previously Seen As

Deputy Director
Museum Hue | June 2022 - April 2024

Assistant Director of Education
Poster House | December 2020 - June 2022

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

💡️ Can Also Be Found Doing

Board Member | New Jersey Council for the Humanities | June 2024 - present

Labor Task Force Member | National Council on Public History | May 2024 - present

2025 Conference Co-Chair | National Council on Public History | April 2024 - present

Board Member + Impact Initiatives Committee Chair| ArtTable | July 2023 - present

Board Member| New Jersey Association of Museums (NJAM) | June 2022 - present

Grants Reviewer | New Jersey Council of Humanities | March 2022 - present

︎︎︎ Past Sightings

Grants Reviewer | New York State Council of Arts | August 2021 - November 2023

Co-Editor| Viewfinder, NAEA Museum Ed Division | September 2020 - June 2023

Co-President | National Emerging Museum Professionals Network| July 2020 - July 2022

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

the writings.

Random Published Thoughts in Print

Wrote a book review in Curator Journal (Fall 2022)

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

Mentioned in Muse Magazine (Canadian Museums Association) (October 2021)

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

the wonderings.

Random Spoken Thoughts IRL (in real life)

Unlearning Workshop: Spring Clean Your Museum (Practice)
American Alliance of Museums Conference| May 18, 2024

MuseumCU 2: The Role of Museums in the Larger Cinematic Universe (now with 2 more doctors!)
Popular Culture Association Conference | April 28, 2024 

Why Wait for the Future: Addressing the Now in Museums
The Greater Hudson Heritage Conference | October 24, 2023

Here to Stay: POC-led Cultural Groups in NYC’s Creative Economy
Hester Street and Next City| June 20, 2023

MuseumCU: The Role of Museums in the Larger Cinematic Universe
National Council for Public History (NCPH)| April 14, 2023

Building HueSpaces: Foundations for a Sustainable Arts Infrastructure
Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (Building Museums) | March 13, 2023

︎︎︎Critique as Radical Love 
Clyfford Still Museum | January 27, 2023

Cocktail and Networking Session: How to Find Your Community with Sierra Van Ryck deGroot of Museum Hue
Art Administrators of Color | November 5, 2022

Transience and Turnover: Surviving Museum Work
American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) | September 15, 2022

Museums as Agents of Change: Engaging Communities in Civic Action
American Alliance of Museums (AAM) | May 20, 2022

NYC/AIC: Collaboration in a Time of Crisis
Museum Association of New York (MANY) | April 11, 2022

Random Spoken Thoughts on the Internet

︎︎︎Raising the Voices of People of Color in Museums and Exhibitions
Making the Museum| February 13, 2024

MuseumCU 2: The Role of Museums in the Larger Cinematic Universe
National Council for Public History (NCPH)| October 5, 2023

︎︎︎Hiring Icks and Fair Museum Jobs (Podcast Discussion)
We the Museum | August 16, 2023

Reframing and Reclaiming Diversity in Museum Practise: Stories from Emerging Changemakers (Panelist)
Canadian Museums Association | February 27, 2023

When Next is Now: Programming for Young Adult Museum Lovers + Professionals (Presenter)
New Jersey Association of Museums (NJAM) | November 4, 2021

︎︎︎Make that Network Werk, Werk, Werk for EMPs (Presenter)
Museum Computer Network (MCN) | October 28, 2021

Brooklyn Museum Intern Convening (Panelist)
Brooklyn Museum | August 2021

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