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Guild Welcomes New Director of Membership Development and Engagement

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Apr 14, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Robyne Walker Murphy, alumna of our Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI) and former director of the DreamYard Art Center (Bronx, NY), will join the Guild staff as Director of Membership Development and Engagement. Her first day will be Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

In this new position within the Guild’s program team, Robyne will develop, prioritize, and implement new plans for membership recruitment, retention, and engagement in alignment with the Guild’s strategic priorities. She will play an integral role in growing and diversifying membership, increasing opportunities for members to collaborate in order to build and share knowledge of community arts education, and leveraging the expertise of current and future leaders within the membership. Robyne will work out of our New York City office reporting to Heather Ikemire, director of program and membership strategy, and will work in collaboration with a team that includes James Horton, director of learning and digital media; Ari Schrier, marketing and public relations manager; and  a program and communications coordinator (to be hired this month).

“We are thrilled to welcome Robyne to our staff,” said Executive Director Jonathan Herman, “as a CAELI alumna, Members Council representative, and director of a nationally recognized arts education program and Guild member organization, Robyne brings invaluable knowledge and experience to this new role. Her efforts toward growing and diversifying membership, expanding networking opportunities, and supporting peer-to-peer learning and collaboration will be critical to realizing our strategic vision.”
Robyne has served the past seven years as the director of the DreamYard Art Center, located on the ground floor of an affordable housing unit in the Morrisania section of the Bronx. Under her leadership, DreamYard Art Center’s offerings expanded from three programs serving high school students to 16 multi-disciplinary art and college readiness programs for young people in grades PreK-12. In 2012, DreamYard Art Center was recognized by the White House as one of the top 12 out of school programs in the nation. Robyne accepted the award from First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House ceremony. 
During her tenure at DreamYard, Robyne also led the organization through the development of several arts and social justice programming and community engagement initiatives. She created and co-developed DreamYard’s Social Justice Pedagogy Team, a professional development series aimed at establishing important tenets of social justice education; creating common language across programs; exploring best practices; and learning from veteran social justice educators. Some of the guest lecturers included: Professor Noam Chomksy (MIT); Dr. Susan Wilcox and Khary Lazarre-White from Brotherhood Sister Sol (Harlem, New York); Dr. William Ayers (University of Illinois at Chicago); Linda Christensen (Lewis and Clark College); Dr. Ernest Morrell (Teachers College, Columbia University); and Dr. Michelle Fine (CUNY Graduate Center). Robyne has conducted workshops about art and social justice at conferences and institutions across the country including:  New York University, City College, the Bronx Museum of Art, Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the National Guild’s Conference for Community Arts Education (Chicago/Los Angeles).  She served as chair of the social justice cohort at the National Creative Youth Development Summit in Boston in 2014. She is member of Democracy Now!’s Education Initiative advisory board and the Laundromat Project’s program advisory committee. She also has served on the Guild’s Members Council, and will be a practitioner faculty member at CAELI this summer. Robyne is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where she majored in English with an emphasis in African American Literature. She obtained her MFA in acting from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program.  She resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Tarik Murphy and her son, Ras.

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