Alexa Fairchild

Family of Artist Award

Alexa Fairchild advocates for equity, access, and excellence in arts education for students with disabilities and multilingual learners in her role as manager of Arts for Diverse Learners in the Office of Arts and Special Projects at the NYC Department of Education. From 2015-2018, Alexa directed Turnaround Arts: NYC, a program launched under the Obama administration to prioritize the strategic use of the arts for school improvement. For ten years, she ran school programs at the Brooklyn Museum, leading a team of educators and hosting kids and teachers for inclusive and engaging gallery experiences.

Alexa served on the Board of Directors for the New York City Museum Educators Roundtable and the national Museum Education Roundtable, where she also contributed as a peer reviewer to its publication, the Journal of Museum Education. She has worked at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (U.B.C.) in her hometown of Vancouver, Canada; Lower East Side Tenement Museum; and Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. Her graduate degrees are from Bank Street College of Education (M.S. in Ed.) and the University of British Columbia (M.A.).

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